Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC)

Details about the Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC)

Overview

In each constitutional charter city not within a county and each constitutional charter county adjoining such city there is hereby established a "Regional Convention and Visitors Commission", to consist of eleven (11) members, five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the chief executive of the city with the approval of the governing body of the city, five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the chief executive of the county, and one (1) of whom shall be appointed by the governor from a panel of three nominees submitted jointly by the city executive and the county executive and who shall serve as chairman.

Apply to Serve (3 openings) View board website
Openings include appointments labeled "Serving Beyond Term."

Board Members

Showing 11 active board members (maximum 11)
Name Role End Date
Amanda Joiner Member 11/22/2025
Lucien Blackwell 11/22/2023
Steven (Steve) O'Loughlin Member 11/22/2023
Alper Oztok Member 11/22/2023
David Robert Vice Chairperson 11/22/2023
Theona Simbrat Member 11/22/2023
Charles Downs Member 11/22/2022
Mary Elizabeth Grimes Member 11/22/2022
Keith Robinson Member 11/22/2021
Serving Beyond Term
Steven Peate Member 01/01/2021
Serving Beyond Term
Andrew Leonard Esq. Chairperson 01/01/2019
Serving Beyond Term

Authorizing Legislation

Rev. Mo. Stat. 67.601 through Rev. Mo. Stat. 67.626.

Board Duties and Purpose

67.607. Powers of commission. —

Each regional convention and visitors commission is empowered to:

(1) Develop and execute plans, policies, and programs exclusively to promote convention and tourist business within the area of the city and county involved;

(2) Cooperate and act jointly with other agencies, bureaus, boards, and associations to promote conventions and tourist business within the area of the city and county involved;

(3) Contract with any public or private agency, individual, partnership, association, corporation or other legal entity for the furnishing of services and supplies for promotion of convention and tourist business within the city and county involved;

(4) Lease and sublease, for a period not to exceed forty years, contract to bear* the cost of operating an existing convention center, including any adjoining southern or eastward expansion thereof, and to operate such facilities; and to provide services to visitors to the area of the city and county involved;

(5) Develop, devise, promote, fund or contribute to the support of advertising and public relations campaigns designed or intended to promote conventions and tourism in the area of the city and county involved, or parts thereof;

(6) Contract for, or exact, a charge from any person in connection with the use, enjoyment, purchase, license, or lease of any property or facility operated under lease by the commission, or any activity, exhibit, function, or personnel of the commission;

(7) Appoint a director and necessary assistants, to fix their compensation and to remove such appointees;

(8) Execute contracts and sue and be sued;

(9) Contract with the county and city, or any convention and visitors bureau thereof, involved to allow such county or city, or any convention and visitors bureau thereof, to pay over to the commission the proceeds of any convention and tourism tax or gross receipts tax on hotels and motels imposed by such county or city for the purpose of promoting conventions and tourism, or providing and maintaining facilities therefor or sales tax on the amount of sales or charges for rooms paid by transient guests of hotels and motels imposed by such county or city pursuant to section 67.657;

(10) Contract with any public or private agency, individual, partnership, association, corporation or other legal entity to provide for limitations on marketing or use or both of the facilities referred to in subdivision (4) of this section or other special purpose civic facilities for assembly, display and entertainment which are owned, leased or operated, in whole or in part, by the city or the county.

67.614. Penalties may be imposed by ordinances for injuries to commission's property. —

The legislative authority of any city or county in which property of a regional convention and visitors commission is situated shall have the power to enact ordinances imposing suitable penalties for the punishment of persons committing injury upon the properties of the commission, or the grounds thereof.

67.617. Annual report — annual audit by certified public accountant, compensation — certain exemptions from Sunshine Law. —

1. Each regional convention and visitors commission shall, before the second Monday in October, make an annual report to the chief executive officers and governing bodies of the city and county, respectively, and to the general assembly stating the condition of the commission on the first day of July of that year, and the various sums of money received and distributed by it during the preceding calendar year. The fiscal year for each regional convention and visitors commission shall begin on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June of the following calendar year.

Member Requirements

Appointments require Board of Aldermen approval.

Does not have to be a City Resident.

Eleven (11) members, Mayor appoints five (5), County Executive appoints five (5) and the Governor appoints one (1) who shall serve as Chairman.

Five (5) of whom shall be appointed by the chief executive of the city:

(3) Not less than three members appointed by the city executive shall be individuals actively engaged in the hotel and motel industry;

One (1) member appointed by the city executive shall be a representative of the restaurant industry;

One (1) member at large (inferred)

Requirements: Title VI COUNTY, TOWNSHIP AND POLITICAL SUBDIVISION GOVERNMENT

67.601.  Regional convention and visitors commission, appointment — terms, vacancies — limitation on powers of members-

Of the members so appointed not less than three (3) members appointed by the county executive and not less than three (3) members appointed by the city executive shall be individuals actively engaged in the hotel and motel industry and one member appointed by the city executive shall be a representative of the restaurant industry.  

Of the members first appointed, two (2) members appointed by the city executive and two (2) members appointed by the county executive shall be appointed for a term of 3-years, two (2) members appointed by the city executive and two (2) members appointed by the county executive shall be appointed for a term of 2-years, and one (1) member appointed by the city executive and one member appointed by the county executive shall be appointed for a term of 1-year.  

Thereafter, each member appointed by the city executive or the county executive shall serve a 4-year term.  The member appointed by the governor shall serve a 2-year term.  

All members shall serve without compensation.  

Any vacancy shall be filled by the respective chief executive officer.  The commission shall elect its own treasurer, secretary and such other officers as it deems necessary and expedient, and it may make such rules, regulations and bylaws consistent with sections 67.601 to 67.626 to effectuate its purposes as it deems necessary.

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