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City Planner Jonathan Raiche Honored with "40 Under 40" Recognition from St Louis Business Journal

Post Date:12/31/2019 2:07 PM

Kirkwood City Planner Jonathan Raiche has been selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” recipient for 2019.  Jonathan has been with the City since August 2016. 

During his tenure as City Planner, Jonathan spearheaded the City’s “EnVision 2035: Comprehensive Plan” planning project that resulted in the development of a Downtown Master Plan for the City’s robust and historic downtown business district.  He has also worked closely with the Kirkwood Des Peres Area Chamber on its economic development team and on the “Kirkwood Open for Business” City-Business Community partnership.  Jonathan also researched and developed a new online data tool to help local businesses find information such as demographics, real estate listings, labor force and education data, consumer spending, and geographic mapping.  This can be found at 

Jonathan was nominated for the award by City Public Information Officer Beth von Behren and City Public Services Director Bill Bensing.  “Jonathan has been an ‘Idea Front Man’ for the City in his role as City Planner,” Bensing said in his nomination form. “His vision has been instrumental to the City’s planning goals for business and residential development, pedestrian and bicycle planning, and economic development.” 

Jonathan has been instrumental in several economic development projects where the City partnered with the Kirkwood Des Peres Area Chamber, Trailnet, Great Rivers Greenway, and other organizations.  Currently, he serves on a team with elected officials, community members, and a consultant evaluating and updating the City’s codes for zoning, subdivisions, signs, and architectural review.   For more information, please contact Bill Bensing at 314-822-5846.

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