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City of St. Louis Bans the "Box" on Job Applications
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 15, 2014 - The City of St. Louis has "banned the box." That means that applications for employment with the City of St. Louis will no longer require job applicants to check a box if they have a felony conviction.

"Millions of Americans have been convicted of felonies. Many of them have paid their debt to society and are willing to earn a second chance," said Mayor Francis Slay. "If we automatically disqualify all of them, and none of them can get jobs, we should not be surprised if some of them wind up back behind bars from committing more crimes."

In March of 2013, the City ended its historic practice of automatically disqualifying applicants who were convicted of felonies. Instead, the City screens applicants on a case-by-case basis. For convicted felons, the City considers the specific circumstances, the nature of the crime, how long ago it occurred, and how it might reflect on the candidate's qualifications for the specific job under consideration.

Even though the City does not automatically disqualify candidates, some may mistakenly think so when they see the checkbox on the application form. Banning that box is the logical next step to removing employment barriers for people who have been convicted of crimes.

Certain jobs will continue to be subjected to a criminal background check, just as some require medical and/or drug/alcohol screenings prior to employment.

"This is a commonsense approach to removing the stigma of having a criminal record," said Mayor Slay. "We would not hire a child molester for a recreation program, and we would not hire an embezzler to handle money. But, many people who did wrong in the past could become very good employees today. We will make individual assessments instead of blanket exclusions."

The City also has a successful prisoner re-entry program. Ex-offenders leaving the state prison system are given access to a variety of services to help them become self sufficient without returning to a life of crime. The recidivism rate among the participants was less than half of that of inmates who were not part of the program.

"We believe in fairness," Mayor Slay said. "But, for people who do not agree with us on that, I hope to convince them that a good job stabilizes families, reduces crime and makes our neighborhoods stronger and safer. I hope private employers consider joining us."

Boeing St. Louis to Create 700 New Jobs for 777X
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 5, 2014 - Gov. Jay Nixon joined legislative leaders and Boeing officials today to announce the creation of up to 700 jobs in St. Louis to build parts for the 777X, Boeing's next generation commercial aircraft.

Today's announcement marks the first time Boeing has brought commercial aircraft production to St. Louis and strengthens the State of Missouri's long-standing partnership with Boeing to position its St. Louis operations to compete for future commercial and defense opportunities.

"Boeing's decision to in-source commercial work to St. Louis for the very first time marks a historic moment and a huge win for Missouri, for Boeing's workers, and for Boeing's more than 600 suppliers and vendors around the state," Gov. Nixon said. "Thanks to our highly-skilled workforce and the bi-partisan work of the General Assembly during last year's special session, Missouri is ready to compete for new commercial and defense opportunities like the 777X today and in the years to come."

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Boeing plans to create 700 jobs in St. Louis to produce parts for the 777X, work that is currently being outsourced or performed overseas. To accommodate this production work, Boeing will expand its current St. Louis composites facility and begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017. Boeing's St. Louis campus has traditionally manufactured military, rather than commercial, aircraft. As a result, bringing on production for the 777X will not only create jobs and investment, it will also diversify Boeing's St. Louis campus and better position Missouri to compete for additional defense and commercial projects in the future.

In addition, the State of Missouri and Boeing are strengthening their long-standing partnership to position St. Louis to compete for new commercial and defense work, create new jobs and ensure workers have the skills necessary for next-generation aerospace manufacturing.

"As a result of our partnership with the State of Missouri, the St. Louis site is well-positioned to compete for new business and job opportunities," said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "As we move forward, the additional 777X and F-22 work coming to St. Louis allows us to build on our 75-year legacy of success and create the right environment for potential long-term growth."

SLATE to Hold Legal Assistance Sessions for Entrepreneurs
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, October 5, 2014 - The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) offers no cost legal assistance to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, from launching a startup to growing an existing enterprise. Recently, SLATE added Legal Clinics to its toolbox of services, designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with solutions to legal challenges and offer significant savings in associated costs.

The sessions for the Legal Clinic continue in 2014 on October 16, 30, November 13 and December 11. Each session will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at SLATE, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103.

Legal Clinics are one-on-one 30-minute sessions, provided by experienced business attorneys from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri at absolutely no charge. Questions frequently discussed include entity formation, intellectual property, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts, among others.

Legal Clinics are made possible through the Entrepreneurs' Business Legal Assistance Program (EBLAP) - a partnership between SLATE, the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), Small Business Empowerment Centers (SBEC) and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). The program will primarily serve dislocated or laid off workers from the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Watch for an EBLAP Calendar of Workshops to be posted soon on SLATE's website at For more information and to register, please contact Tiffany Todd, at (314) 657-3547.


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