There is some question as to the title that St. Charles
officials will give Nadine Boon when she joins the staff in two
weeks. But there is no doubt in anyone's mind about the job Boon is
expected to perform.
"The first thing she told us she would do is develop an
economic development plan and do it within the framework of the
budget," said City Council President Nancy Matheny.
Boon, who lives in Jefferson City, will become St. Charles' new
economic development czar on Sept. 19. Officials have yet to decide
what title to give to Boon's $45,000-a-year job. For now, it is
economic development marketing director.
Boon, reached at her home in Jefferson City last week, declined
to discuss her impending move to St. Charles and directed inquiries
to city officials.
St. Charles has not had an economic development director since
1991, when Gene Thompson resigned to take a similar position in
This year, the budget for St. Charles' Economic Development
Commission is $221,000. Nearly 40 percent of that is earmarked for
travel, advertising and promotion, materials and professional
St. Charles plans to spend five times more on economic
development this year than it did three years ago.
Officials across the county believe the region's effort at
attracting new enterprises will be enhanced now that St. Charles
will have a staff person devoted full time to economic development.
Brent Schulz, St. Charles' community services coordinator, has been
working part time on economic development. St. Charles also employs
Jack Heck to act as a liaison with merchants.
Greg Prestemon, executive director of the St. Charles County
Economic Development Council, says he presides over a monthly
meeting of the economic development directors from the county's
He praises the work Schulz has done for St. Charles but added,
"Everything we do in the county is in tandem with the cities and it
can only help our overall effort for St. Charles to have someone
devoted full time to economic matters."
Shirley Foster, the economic development director in St.
Peters, says Boon's hiring will enhance the joint effort of the two
cities to develop compatible plans for the commercial development
on much of the land along Route 370.
The Missouri Highway Department plans to open a four-lane
roadway from the Missouri River to Interstate 70 across the
northern border of St. …