North County Inc. To Honor Companies, Individuals at Annual Breakfast May 10

(Special to the Independent News)             

North County Incorporated (NCI) has announced the annual Business  Development, Community Development, Elmer Belsha Leadership, and Public Service  recipients.  The 2013 award recipients will be honored at NCI’s 36th  annual breakfast on Friday, May 10, at 7:30 a.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis  Airport Hotel.  This year’s presenting sponsors are HDR Engineering, Progressive  Waste Solutions and SSM DePaul Health Center.

Tickets are $37.50 per person.  Generous sponsorship packages are still  available.  Reservations are required;  call NCI at 895-6241 or go to

NCI’s Business Development Awards are presented to those whose efforts positively  affect the economic development and business climate of the North County area.  On May 10,  NCI will honor National Retail Properties, Inc. for the  redevelopment of the property that previously  housed a Value City store  along Lindbergh in  Florissant, next to Target.

The second NCI Business Development Award recipient will  be World Wide Technologies, Inc. for their recent investment in real estate and  personal property, expansion and job creation in North County.

NCI’s Community Development Awards are presented to those whose efforts  positively benefit youth, residents, civic organizations, or others through selfless acts.  The Citizens for Advancement of Normandy and the St. Louis County Nuisance  Property Clean-Up Initiative were chosen for this award.

Kim Bakker, network director of Community Affairs, SSM Health Care – St. Louis and a past chairman of the board of NCI will receive the prestigious Elmer Belsha  Leadership Award, which is presented annually to an individual whose  long-term commitment to NCI and the North County region has had a positive impact on the area and/or public body that they serve.

Public Service Awards will be presented to outstanding individuals, elected,  appointed, or employed by a public body whose long-time service has had a positive impact on the community and/or public body they serve.  Dr. George Albin III, retired board Member of the Ritenour School District; St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley; Dwayne James, councilman from the  City of Ferguson; and Rosemary Johnson, president of the  Jennings School District Board of Education will be this year’s Public Service  Award recipients.

North County Incorporated is a regional development organization, which acts as a catalyst to define and advocate economic and community development for North St. Louis County. Ron McMullen, president of Christian Hospital is the current Board of Directors chair.  Rebecca Zoll is the current president/CEO.

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