AEC Update & Economic Forecast 2024



2023 AEC Update & Forecast Flyer RV

Every year we wrap up with a look at the year, a review of the challenges, and then look ahead for the new year. Whether you are an owner, an architect, a contractor, a supplier, or business support this program will equip you with state of the design and construction industry in the region. David brings his results of surveys to local design firms and shares primary data to update us on the state of design services. Maggie will share details on what and how we are doing as a region. And, Erin will share an update on construction and challenges as well as the forecast for 2024.

This is a don’t miss opportunity and one of our best attended programs of the year!

Our Speakers:

David Kehm, Principal (FGMA)

David is a Principal at FGM Architects (FGMA), a 200-person architecture firm with eight offices around the country, including St. Louis and O’Fallon, IL. FGMA specializes on higher-ed, K-12, multi-family, municipal, corporate, federal, and faith-based projects. David is currently involved in projects with Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), Kaskaskia College, the City of Farmington, and the City of Alton. He brings 37 years of experience in architecture and our region. David earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. He is a long time volunteer of SLC3 and currently serves on the SLC3 Strategic Planning Committee, Membership Committee and is Co-Chair of the Golf Committee. He has provided information for this program for a number of years now.

Maggie Kost, Chief Business Attraction Officer (Greater St. Louis, Inc.)

Maggie Kost serves as Chief Business Attraction Officer for Greater St. Louis, Inc. In this role, she leads a team dedicated to helping national and international businesses locate in the 15 county St. Louis metro.

Previously, she served in the Cabinet of Missouri Governor Mike Parson as head of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. At the Department, Kost oversaw the rollout of more than half a billion dollars in economic recovery funding and led teams working on business attraction and expansion projects that generated over 13,000 new jobs and $4.7 billion in private capital investment in Missouri.

Kost is the first woman to lead business attraction for the St. Louis Metro. She started her career in communications at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and later at the Missouri Community College Association. She’s a proud graduate of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and an alumna of Americorps St. Louis.

Erin Valentine, VP Business Development (McCarthy)

As Vice President of Business Development, Erin Valentine manages McCarthy’s St. Louis-based business development team, focusing on the core building markets of Healthcare, Commercial, Education, and Science and Technology. She’s a member of the leadership team that guides McCarthy’s strategic business operations across its 28-state Central Region. Since joining McCarthy in 2001, Valentine has helped position the company to secure numerous new projects while building valuable relationships with clients and industry partners. As a founding member of the McCarthy Partnership for Women employee resource group, she has also overseen several national initiatives to strengthen McCarthy’s client relationships.






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Dec 14 2023


7:30 am - 10:00 am




Doubletree Hotel-Westport
1973 Craigshire Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63146




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