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Issue: 1226 Date: 2/20/2014
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Institute Plans to Relocate
Developing new headquarters campus

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        Recently, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the International Institute of St. Louis has 3401 Arsenal in St. Louis under contract. It's true!

        The property is the site of the former St. Elizabeth's Academy (SEA). On January 15, 2014, our offer was accepted by its owner, the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon, MO.

        SEA was operated as a private Catholic high school until May 2013 and is in excellent condition. The two-acre campus features five buildings totaling 131,000 sq. ft. as well as 100 off-street parking spaces.

        Prior to finalizing the contract, a variety of due diligence tasks are underway. If results meet expectations, the Institute intends to close on the property by mid-June and occupy it by the end of December.

        "The new campus will provide us with numerous classrooms, meeting spaces, an industrial kitchen, and other features to expand our existing services," said Anna Crosslin, Institute President & CEO. "We also plan to add a variety of education, economic development, and cultural services to meet the integration needs of our growing immigrant communities."

        In 2012, IISTL's Board of Directors approved a three-year Strategic Plan. The plan charts the course for a fiscally-accountable, environmentally-responsible, and sustainable expansion of our programs and identifies the following needs:

        More ESL, job training and other classroom space for new arrival refugee services, Additional seminar and large group meeting space conveniently located for downtown and county users, Expansion of technology-based instruction and communication, and New/expanded partnerships especially in the economic development and entrepreneurial sectors. Further, St. Louis has a region-wide goal of attracting and retaining more immigrants. To succeed, IISTL must build our capacity to address the increased integration needs.

        For almost 100 years, IISTL has operated St. Louis' immigrant welcoming center. Our nationally-acclaimed services addressed the needs of more than 8,000 immigrants and refugees in 2013. Our Festival of Nations is the largest annual multicultural celebration in St. Louis, drawing more than 100,000 visitors each year.

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