Mayor Len Pagano
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Leonard B. "Len" Pagano lives in Hanover Crossing and has been a St. Peters resident since 1976. He was honorably discharged from both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He is a high school graduate and took specialty courses at both St. Charles County and Florissant Valley Community Colleges. He is retired from Unilever HPC where he worked as St. Louis Plant Warehouse Coordinator. He and his wife, Joyce, have three children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Mayor Pagano has served the City of St. Peters as an elected official since 1983. He was a Ward 3 Alderman from 1983-2007. In April 2007, he was elected Mayor of St. Peters to fill a vacancy. He was re-elected to full, four-year terms as Mayor in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Mayor Pagano currently serves on the President’s Advisory Board on Community for Lindenwood University, is an Executive Board Member for Metro Mayors of St. Louis and serves on the Executive Board for Missouri Mayors United. Mayor Pagano was recently appointed to the Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors
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Message from Mayor Pagano
‘It’ Takes a Team
Have you ever heard of the “It” factor? That’s when a person has a special quality that is hard to define. You just know that you like them. Well, I think you could say the same thing about some communities. I really believe that we live in that type of special place. My Hometown St. Peters has “It.”
I know as Mayor that I’m biased. I tell people everywhere I go—around the county, the state and beyond—how great we have it in St. Peters. But, I’m not the only who feels this way. Money Magazine has now named St. Peters as one of the Best Places to Live six times and twice in the past two years! We were the only place in the state of Missouri on the list. The magazine says that it uses “lots of data with old-fashioned reporting” to find the Best Places to Live among populations ranging from 25,000 to 500,000. Places that have high crime, low median incomes, declining population, and no ethnic diversity were eliminated, leaving 1,300 locations that the magazine analyzed using over 300,000 unique data points. Money put extra weight on cost of living, economic opportunity and housing affordability. But, they also looked at diversity, education, fun amenities, health & safety, income & personal finances, and quality of life.
When all was said and done, St. Peters was ranked No. 22 in the nation! Click here to learn more about the honor.
I truly believe that to be successful, you have to have the right team working together and pulling in the same direction. I think that St. Peters has the “It” factor because we’ve got a great team here! Like I said in our announcement about this honor, I truly believe that all of us together, City staff, residents, businesses and elected officials, have worked hard to build a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Congratulations to all of you, the people who make St. Peters a special place-My Hometown. I’m proud to be your Mayor!
We have a couple of wonderful events coming up and I wanted to make sure you know about them. We will all come together on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at our beautiful Veterans Memorial at City Hall to recognize Veterans Day and to honor all of those who served. We will again recognize all the sacrifices by our brave veterans, those who are serving now and the families that support them. It’s so important to remember our veterans.
Our annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony returns to City Hall on Friday night, Dec. 3. This beautiful, family event is a holiday favorite for mine and many other St. Peters families. After the ceremony, Butch Wax and the Hollywoods will entertain us with great music as we celebrate this exciting season! For more information on these and all of our great City events, please check out our City website, www.stpetersmo.net. Hope to see you there!
As we gather with our families during the upcoming holiday season, let’s all remember to be thankful for all the blessings we have and to think of those family and friends we’ve lost over the past year. And, let’s try to spread a little kindness and charity for others as we all try to get through the challenges we are trying to overcome and get back to “normal.”
Our National Motto: “In God We Trust”
MAYOR PAGANO'S PREVIOUS COLUMN:
High-Speed Internet on the FasTrac
It was great welcoming Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to St. Peters recently for a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside the doors of internet service provider i3 Broadband. Infrastructure and communications are on many people’s minds these days. Having competition for high-speed internet is a wonderful thing for a community, and I’m happy to say that i3 Broadband chose St. Peters as its base of operations for a new $100 million investment to provide fiber-optic internet service in our area.
High-speed communication has become a critical part of a community’s quality of life. We all can see during the pandemic how important it is to be able to work out of your home and to do school work from home. Reliable, high-speed communication makes our community a better place to live, work, and play. Having more competition for reliable high-speed internet also helps attract businesses, and it makes it easier for local entrepreneurs to run a business out of the home. Having i3 Broadband build its internet network in our area gives our FasTrac economic development team at St. Peters another important business recruitment tool for our City!
Another great thing about i3 is that the new broadband company is not going to serve our community from overseas or out of state. Their organization is planting roots in our community. Paul Cronin, the CEO for i3 Broadband, was on hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in St. Peters to talk about how his team is extremely excited to be building a $100 million fiber-optic broadband network in our area. The company talks a lot about how local service will set them apart. They plan to hire 100 people locally as they build out their network over the next two years.
Paul also talked highly of St. Peters and how our City’s FasTrac economic development experts provide such a great experience. The CEO said that he was very happy to locate in St. Peters. (Watch an SPTVnow.net video about this FasTrac success.) I keep hearing that from so many different leaders of companies who open their doors here. They appreciate that we do things differently in St. Peters by expediting projects with a “one stop” permitting process, and we show that we care by staying in touch through the process and after the ribbon’s been cut. Time is money for these companies, so our FasTrac process gives businesses a chance to be on time and on budget.
Just like the CEO of i3, I am very proud of my team at the City of St. Peters and the incredible customer service they provide. As Mayor, I get to hear so many compliments at ribbon-cuttings and other ceremonies, but it always takes a team to get the job done right. I credit all the people working together in our City family to serve our residents and our businesses every day!
Our National Motto: “In God We Trust”