The St. Louis Regional Chamber and presenting sponsor RubinBrown announced the 2019 Arcus Awards finalists today at the St. Louis Regional Chamber during a live reveal streamed on Facebook and live-tweeted on Twitter. The Arcus Awards celebrate extraordinary achievements of private businesses, governmental organizations, innovators and non-profits that are making St. Louis a better place to live, work and invest. The winners will be announced at the 6th Annual Arcus Awards on Thursday, February 28, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch. The Arcus Award includes a networking reception, dinner and Oscars-style awards hosted by the Voice of Sports in St. Louis, KMOX’s Tom Ackerman.

“How do we grow faster than other metropolitan areas? By attracting more businesses and top talent to the St. Louis region. The world needs to know this is a place where great things are happening,” said St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO Tom Chulick. “Sharing our successes starts at home – that’s the spirit of the Arcus Awards.”

“At RubinBrown, our motto is “Be Your Best for Others” and this is exactly what the Arcus Awards are all about”, said RubinBrown St. Louis Managing Partner Fred Kostecki. When St. Louis businesses grow, innovate or invest in the community it positively affects our entire region and our reputation. That is why we have supported the Arcus Awards and its finalists since the awards’ inception.

The Arcus Awards finalists are nominated by the community and the winners are chosen by a panel of Chamber member volunteers. The Chamber streamed the finalists’ announcement live on its Facebook page:

Here is a list of the 2019 Arcus Awards finalists in the following categories:

Ameren Corporate Citizen Award

For enhancing the quality of life and making positive changes that impact St. Louisans across the social, cultural and economic spectrum through philanthropic giving, community involvement by employees, and/or partnerships with state and local governments.

  • Leidos
  • Scott Credit Union
  • Sinquefield Charitable Foundation
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville: Initiative to Create Awareness, Recognition, and Education on Suicide Prevention (iCARE)
  • The Boeing Company

BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award

For risk-taking, advancing on innovation, cutting-edge technology, or industry best practice that extends St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision.

  • Black & Veatch
  • GlobalSTL, an initiative of BioSTL
  • St. Louis Integrated Health Network
  • St. Louis Mosaic Project of the World Trade Center/St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
  • Wings of Hope

Achievement in Entrepreneurship

For providing leadership through the launch or growth of a start-up company, contributions to forming early-stage capital, or supporting entrepreneurship training.

  • Benson Hill Biosystems
  • Fusion5
  • Lewis & Clark Ventures
  • New Leaf Symbiotics
  • UMSL Accelerate – University of Missouri – St. Louis

Achievement in Inclusive Business Solutions

For a corporation or diverse business owner demonstrating exemplary work in the area of inclusive business solutions by achieving measurable growth in the business enterprise over a 1-year period [October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018] or has implemented an innovative solution which has included a diverse business enterprise.

  • BioSTL’s Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion Initiative
  • Challenge Unlimited, Inc.
  • Express Scripts
  • Greater East St. Louis Business Development Association
  • Harris-Stowe State University

Achievement in Workforce & Talent Development

For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes college degree attainment, improved educational outcomes or on-the-job training.

  • Mission: St. Louis
  • Ranken Technical College
  • Rose International, Inc.
  • St. Louis Regional Employment Coalition, an initiative of Ready by 21 St. Louis
  • Special School District of St. Louis County

Achievement in Public Policy

For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that unites the public and private sectors to advance and secure policy necessary to make St. Louis a better place to live, work and invest.

  • Better Together
  • Citizens for Modern Transit
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  • Washington University in St. Louis – Institute for School Partnership

Achievement in Technology

For the development and use of technology in the area of manufacturing, IT, financial services, biosciences, health, logistics, robotics, AI, etc.

  • Coolfire Solutions
  • DynaLabs, LLC
  • FinLocker
  • Panera
  • Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Achievement in Infrastructure and Transportation

For any company, organization or agency that has shown leadership and creativity for innovative programs relative to transportation and infrastructure in the St. Louis Region. This includes, but is not limited to roadways, bridges, airports, railway, waterways, structures, etc.

  • City of St. Peters, St. Charles County, Duke Realty Public-Private Partnership
  • CityArchRiver Partnership
  • Metro Transit
  • St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)
  • Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

Achievement in Regional Economic Impact

Creation of quality new jobs in the St. Louis region from the period of October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Nominees were, but are not limited to commercial, retail, manufacturing, any type of for-profit or not-for-profit business in the Metropolitan St. Louis Region. Nominees would be from all three areas of enterprises and would be sorted in the appropriate subcategories once the nomination form has been received: Small Enterprises (10 to 49 current full-time employees)

  • 39 North Global AgTech Innovation District
  • Rockwell Beer
  • Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

Medium Enterprises (50 to 250 current full-time employees)

  • GCL Solar Materials (GCLSM)
  • CEdge Software Consultants
  • BH North America

Large Enterprises (251 + current full-time employees)

  • Grove Collaborative
  • Prairie Farms
  • Sun Basket
  • U. S. Steel Corporation Granite City Works

Achievement in Cultural Engagement

For the best example of leadership in organizing and successfully presenting a sporting event, festival, exhibition, media reporting, etc. which showcases the St. Louis Region in a positive light, garnering favorable local, national and/or international attention or recognition.

  • Bellerive Country Club
  • The Black Rep
  • Gateway Arch Park Foundation
  • Missouri Historical Society
  • St. Louis Sports Commission