Mayor Francis G. Slay presented the Mayor's Spirit of St. Louis Award today to Switch for relocating to and expanding in the St. Louis Marketplace.
Headquartered in the City, Switch creates and produces experiential marketing programs for clients worldwide, specializing in live events, field marketing, sponsorship activation, digital media, exhibits and environments.
Since 2007, Switch had operated out of three offices in the City in the St. Louis Marketplace, on South 6th Street, and on West Park Avenue. In December, Switch consolidated all of its creative, production and storage resources into the St. Louis Marketplace office and expanded the existing 66,420-square-foot office by an additional 30,000 square feet to accommodate Switch's 100+ employees. "I'm pleased to celebrate Switch and its commitment to the City of St. Louis," said Mayor Francis Slay. "With the consolidation and expansion of Switch's offices into one location in the St. Louis Marketplace, the Marketplace is now 98 percent occupied for the first time in several years. The Marketplace is now a thriving office and labor center for the City thanks to Switch and the other tenant companies that have opened or expanded here."
Switch President John Nickel added, "What makes our expansion significant is the fact that we chose to stay in the City, we kept more than 100 jobs in the City, plus we are funneling revenues from more than 20 national clients back into the City. We love the vibe of the City, the neighborhood and our neighbors. The atmosphere is absolutely conducive to Switch's creative way of doing business and the employees are enjoying the proximity to Club Fitness and all the great Manchester/Dogtown/Hill restaurants and shops. We couldn't be happier here."
The Mayor's Spirit of St. Louis Award recognizes businesses that make major expansions or improvements to their existing locations, open or relocate to the City, and certain major City projects. The Spirit Award program is administered by the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), the economic development agency for the City of St. Louis. SLDC provided site location assistance to the Switch project.