Gov Mike Parson

Progress 64 West will welcome special guest Gov. Mike Parson to its 34th Annual Excellence in Community Development Awards Banquet this year. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center at 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. 

The theme is “Building Lives” and the keynote speaker is Jade Paden a business owner, community leader and Progress 64 West Board Member. Jade, a proponent of education and the restoration of the trades as a viable career option, will talk about his own life’s journey. 

The Master of Ceremonies will be Scott J. Drachnik, CEO and president of the Economic Development Corporation in St. Charles County.

This year the Community Development Awards will honor businesses that build the future with their contribution to the economic development of the region. The 2022 award honorees are Partners in Education from the Rockwood School District, Spark! from the Parkway School District, Jbloom, Keystone Construction, and The Care Service from Sts. Joachim and Ann.

Each year, Progress 64 West also honors the entrepreneurial spirit of Louis S. Sachs by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to area high school seniors at the luncheon. This year’s theme for the awards is Building Tomorrow’s Leaders and the organization will award more than $11,000 in scholarships.

Scholarships are given to students living in the Parkway, Rockwood, Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt and Wentzville school districts as well as area private school and home-school students. 

Progress 64 West was established in 1987 to promote the responsible growth of commerce in the greater St. Louis region, with a particular emphasis given to the I-64 corridor from I-270 westward to I-70. A partnership of citizens, business and civic leaders, the organization’s mission is to work to create and maintain sustainable communities and a high-quality standard of life in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

To register for the luncheon or to learn more about Progress 64 West membership, visit