Past President and CEO of Grand Center Inc. Vince Schoemehl Joins the Nine Network
Schoemehl Fills Newly Created Role of Executive in Residence
St. Louis, MO — September 21, 2015 — The Nine Network of Public Media has engaged former St. Louis Mayor and past President and CEO of Grand Center Inc. Vince Schoemehl as executive in residence. In his role at the Nine Network, he will volunteer his services to help connect neighborhood resources with regional community resources and services; introduce economic development opportunities that improve community life; strengthen community connections with regional resources; connect community leaders with Nine Network engagement initiatives; and host discussions on key community issues. In addition to his work at the Nine Network, Schoemehl will be a fellow in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
"We are so fortunate that Vince Schoemehl has agreed to work with us on site to build strong community partnerships and work with us on issues important to our region," says Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche. "Vince's strong commitment to the vitality of St. Louis will be an extremely valuable asset to our work."
Prior to joining Nine, Schoemehl served for 14 years, from 2001 to 2015, as the president and CEO of Grand Center Inc. During his tenure, the Grand Center arts district realized significant growth, including the redevelopment of the Woolworth building into the Kranzberg Arts Center; the renovation of Strauss Park; construction of the UMSL at Grand Center building, home of St. Louis Public Radio; the renovation of the Beaux Arts Building into the Grand Center Arts Academy; and the opening of the Metropolitan Building's affordable lofts for artists, to name a few. The Grand Center district has adopted a master plan developed with the active participation of the vast majority of district institutions. Implementation of this master plan will be the major work of the Grand Center community for the next decade.
In 1981, Schoemehl was elected mayor of St. Louis, the youngest person to hold that office. He is only the fourth mayor in St. Louis history to serve three terms, until 1993.Major projects launched during his time in office include the renovation of Union Station, the expansion of the convention center, thedevelopment of the Edward Jones Dome and the MetroLinklight rail system. He developed Operation Brightside, a beautification program that continues to benefit city neighborhoods.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation's most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, www.nineNet.org and the Public Media Commons. The Nine Network's rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.