North County Incorporated along with the St. Louis Regional Business Council Announces Reinvest North County Fund
Immediate Investment for North County Business and Community Relief
The North County Inc., regional development association along withthe St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) has organized an immediate business response to support small business owners and school children who were impacted by the tragic and continuing events in Ferguson and surrounding communities. Leadership with the RBC and NCI said in a statement that they are deeply concerned and stand with the people who live, work and go to school in these communities. The Greater North County Chamber has joined in supporting these efforts.
The purpose of the Reinvest North County Fund is twofold: first, to provide immediate relief to small business which have been hurt by this tragedy and second, to provide school districts with appropriate resources to show their children how important school is, particularly in times of distress. School in the Ferguson-Florissant District were closed again Monday for safety precautions.
“North County Inc. regional development association is pleased to partner with the St. Louis Regional Business Council to help our businesses get back on their feet and help our schools welcome their students back for the year,” said Rebecca Zoll, president/CEO. “Our area has a long and strong history of supporting the local business community and it will continue to do so as we move forward and recover from this trauma.”
The Regional Business Council has stepped up with a $10,000 donation for this effort and has enlisted the following inaugural donors: the Civic Pride Foundation of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, Clark-Fox Family Foundation, Negwer Materials, Inc., St. Louis Regional Chamber, UMB Bank, the University of Missouri St. Louis and the Kwame Foundation.
“Schools are an integral part of the fabric of every community. We want to support our schools and school children as they process the violence in the community,” said Kathy Osborn, executive director of the Regional Business Council. “And, we know how critical it is to help small business owners repair, rebuild, and stay committed to the community.”
Further donations are encouraged to support this effort; checks can be made payable to the Reinvest North County Fund at the 501(c)3 non-profit North County Regional Development Association (NCI), 350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042.
An allocation panel comprised of representatives from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, the RBC’s Young Professionals Network, the Kwame Foundation, UMB Bank-Ferguson Branch, University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Clergy Coalition, St. Louis Economic Partnership, Teach for America and North County Inc. will select the projects to be funded.
Those wishing to apply for funding should fill out the very short and simple form on NCI’s website at www.NorthStLouisCounty.com. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, August 18.
”We all need to be part of the solution,” concluded Osborn.
About the Regional Business Council (RBC): The Regional Business Council is a consortium of presidents and chief executive officers of mid- to large-sized companies in St. Louis. The mission of the RBC is to unite and engage members to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic affairs for the betterment of the St. Louis region. www.stlrbc.org
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