Chairman Tom Minogue was recently elected chair of the board of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. The Chamber is the leading economic development association in the 15-county bi-state metropolitan area, with members accounting for nearly 30 percent of the region’s employment base.
Tom took office at the September 18 meeting of the board of directors, which is comprised of leaders of the region’s largest employers. Past chairs have included the chief executive officers of Ameren, Edward Jones, Spire and Wells Fargo Advisors. Tom is the first attorney to chair the Chamber’s board.
Thompson Coburn’s membership with the Regional Chamber stretches back decades. In 2015, the firm worked on the merger of the St. Louis Minority Business Council and the Chamber, forming a new entity charged with developing strategies to support minority business enterprises in St. Louis.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber traces its roots to 1836, making it one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the United States. The Chamber has led projects as diverse as securing funding for Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 transatlantic flight (thus the naming of the plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”) and rallying community support for the design, funding and construction of St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch. The Chamber’s more recent initiatives include helping secure 16 business recruitment expansion transactions that resulted in nearly 4,000 new jobs and $800 million in new capital investment for the St. Louis region.
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