Young Alumnus Recognized for Leadership
Enrique Flores, who graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master of Science in Urban Planning and Development in 2012, was recently recognized by North County Incorporated as one of their "30 Leaders in their Thirties."
Flores serves as the real estate director for University Square Community Development Corporation at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
We asked him three questions about the his role and the award.
Q: When you wake up in the morning, what do you most look forward to working on at the office?
I look forward to promoting the great potential of our communities. One of my favorite aspects of my job is working with interested developers and investors to show them that our communities are filled with a rich history, beautiful architecture, economic vitality, and a strong network of dedicated residents. It’s important that interested parties know that their projects become something much larger than real estate.
Q: Congratulations on the award! Can you tell us about the awarding organization North County Incorporated?
It has been a great honor to be recognized by North County Incorporated (NCI) as one of their 30 Leaders in Their Thirties. NCI has been a key voice in advocating for economic and community development growth for the communities of North St. Louis County. University Squares CDC’s mission brings a focus to increasing access to goods and services to the communities within our service area.
North County Inc. and our surrounding communities have been invaluable partners in helping University Square attract new investment to our community. Through these partnerships, University Square was able to materialize key projects such as a $20 million Great Streets improvement project, along Natural Bridge and a new SSM primary care practice within the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) Patient Care Center. The completion of these projects represents a major step forward toward increasing the quality of life for our surrounding communities.
Q: Have you been able to use your SLU education in your career? What was your biggest take-away from the master’s program?
Absolutely. SLU’s Urban Planning program provided me with a great foundation for my career. Perhaps my biggest take-away from the program have been the policy and economic development courses. Throughout the course of my career I have continuously drawn on the knowledge I gained in these courses to help me develop programs and initiatives.