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Quality of Place

Quality of Place

A growing community’s “Quality of Place” helps to attract and retain a strong and healthy workforce along with successful companies, entrepreneurs, families, tourists and people of all ages.

In short, it is everything that makes a community a great place to live, work and play.

Every community touts its parks and recreation, business opportunities, safe communities, and top-notch schools and hospitals.

The communities of St. Charles County are continuously recognized on a national basis with awards and accolades every year for our area’s livability, affordability, health and wellness and booming economy. Outside experts who have honored the Quality of Place offered in St. Charles County include the likes of Money Magazine, Inc., Forbes, Sperling’s Best Places and others.

To enhance the local Quality of Place and help promote the community, the EDC created MO’ Cowbell, the region’s fastest, flattest race held every October since 2011.

MO’ Cowbell is a Boston Marathon-qualifying race that attracts approximately 5,000 runners from all over the world each year for either the MO’ Cowbell Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and the Post-Race Party in Runners Village in Historic St. Charles.

From enjoying the Missouri Katy Trail and Great Rivers Greenway regional trail network to countless open-air festivals, ongoing parks activities as well as arts scene and nightlife, the Quality of Place available in St. Charles County is one of the best in the American Heartland!