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Mayor Dan Borgmeyer is a fourth-generation, lifelong resident of Saint Charles. He is a Vietnam combat veteran who started his own marketing firm in Saint Charles in 1973 with two employees. It grew into a nationally-recognized leader in the automotive industry that employs a staff of 30.
For over 43 years, Dan has been civically and charitably involved in the Saint Charles Community. He was president of the Saint Charles Chamber of Commerce, County Council of Chambers, and Saint Charles Cable TV and Tourism Commissions. Dan was a board member of the Saint Charles County Road Board and East-West Gateway Coordinating Council. He was also on the advisory boards of both Centerre and Frontenac Banks.
He has given much of his time to the Boys and Girls Club of Saint Charles County, March of Dimes Endowment Board of United Services for Children and Community Living.
Dan has four children and five grandchildren. He is a graduate of Duchesne High School and attended Washington University and UMSL.
Dan began his term as Mayor on May 7, 2019.
Dan, how long have you been mayor?
[At the time of this article], I’ve been mayor for 28 days.
In what industry were you before becoming mayor?
Marketing and advertising.
What compelled you to run for the mayoral office?
I’ve been a lifelong [St. Charles] resident and I have a family history of community involvement.
What do you love most about your town and why?
I love the family atmosphere, generous philanthropy, and progressive development.
What is one of your favorite aspects of the job?
My favorite aspects of this job are the big picture views and problem-solving.
What are your town’s current population and demographics?
We currently have a population of approximately 70,000 people, mostly of a mature population.
What’s the brief origin of your city’s name?
The name of the city of St. Charles is derived from Latin archbishop (1564-1584), Catholic church cardinal St. Charles Borromeo of Milan.
What’s your town’s main entertainment/attraction(s) and how is local real estate development affected?
We have Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, which offers an exceptional gaming and entertainment experience for the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Our historic main street, combined with Frenchtown, is where you’ll find a unique, archival perspective, beautiful sites, friendly people, and a pace just a little slower than that of a big city.
The city of St. Charles was founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette, which eventually grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for a young America. Thousands of people passed through on their journeys westward, replenishing supplies before departing into new territories.
The people of St. Charles have cherished and worked diligently to preserve and share its treasured river heritage. St. Charles offers first-rate hotels and accommodations, over 150 restaurants to choose from, and many more things for families to do and explore.
With that said, it does not affect our local real estate development drastically but does generate 5.5 million visits to our city per year.
What’s been your city’s population (number) difference over the last ten years?
Over the last ten years, there has been a population increase of about 11,000.
In your city, what are the best areas for rehab and development?
I’d say the best areas for rehab and development are Frenchtown, historical south Main mid-town, and old town.
What’s the biggest, recent impact, positive or negative, on housing growth?
[Recently], the biggest impact on housing growth is from population and job growth.
What do you feel is the future of real estate development in your town?
[To me], the one word that summarizes the future of the city of St. Charles’ real estate development is “huge.”
Why should real estate investors consider your city for investment and/or development?
With our commitment to re-development, which uses our façade grant programs, city stability, and our safe neighborhoods, [I feel] St. Charles is an excellent opportunity for real estate investing.
When it comes to your city, what’s your quick advice for real estate investors?
St. Charles is experiencing a Renaissance. We have price advantages over Kirkwood, Webster Groves, and many of St. Louis’ more desirable neighborhoods, plus we have convenient proximity to St. Louis International Airport. [St. Charles is an excellent city for real estate investment.]