Frequently Asked Questions
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How many people live in Affton?
You can find Demographic data from the 2010 Census here.
Where is the Affton City Hall?
There is no city hall since Affton is not a city, but a neighborhood with a very strong identity. Since the Post Office is called the Affton Branch and the Police Precinct is called the Affton Precinct, this leaves newcomers to the area to believe that Affton is a city. There is NO Mayor of Affton. Representation in county government is thru the County Council, Patrick Dolan, 5th District, and Kevin O'Leary, 6th District. State Representatives covering portions of Affton are: Bob Burns, Cloria Brown, and Genise Montecillo. State Senator is Scott Sifton. if You can read more about the history of Affton here.
Who does the code and zoning enforcement?
Since Affton is not a city, there aren’t any employees to do this type of enforcement. The Affton community adheres to St. Louis County rules and regulations. Any code & zoning enforcement is done by St. Louis County. There are six small municipalities within the 63123 zip code: Grantwood, Green Park, Lakeshire, Mackenzie, Marlborough, and Wilbur Park. Each of these municipalities have their own ordinances.
What area does the chamber serve?
We serve the 63123 zip code and any vendors doing business with Affton businesses. About 25% of our membership comes from outside the 63123 zip code. Many of the members live or grew up in Affton and still feel close to the Affton community.
What does the Affton Chamber do for the community?
The Affton Chamber of Commerce puts on Affton Community Days for the community. There is no cost for entering the parade. We provide the opportunity for organizations in the community to raise funds by having a game or food booth at the festival. Much of the cost to put on the Parade and Festival are funded by sponsorships from chamber members or by the chamber if sponsorships do not cover all costs.
Revenue from Affton Community Days funds scholarships for Affton and Bayless students in appreciation of their participation in Affton Days. Donations are made to the invited school marching bands who participate in the parade. The Chamber also supports the Graduation Lock In parties at the 5 high schools serving Affton.
The Chamber publishes a Bi-Annual Community Directory for use by residents and business leaders in the community. This popular booklet includes information about chamber members, civic organizations, elected officials, municipalities, emergency and hospital numbers, houses of worship, schools, voting, passports, licenses, public service, state, county, newspaper, senior citizen, utility information. The directory is published in odd numbered years and available at the chamber office between 9am and 1 pm or at local financial institutions, the Tesson Ferry & Weber Libraries and the Affton License Office.
Who can join the Chamber?
Businesses, sales reps, government agencies, schools, churches, non-profit clubs, civic organizations, elected officials, or retired individuals. A chamber of commerce is basically a business organization providing the members with the opportunity to network with other business leaders to help grow their business. Our programs and meetings are geared to business people.
We do encourage non-members to participate in our events; e.g., our annual awards and auction dinner, the golf tournament, our BBQ, Trivia Night, Affton Community & Business Expo, and the Mouse Races. All events are listed on our Calendar.
Affton Community Partnership (ACP): In 2005 the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) was awarded a Community Outreach Partnership Center grant. This two year grant of nearly $200,000 assisted the University in developing a community building partnership in Affton, working in cooperation with the Affton Community Betterment Association, the Affton Chamber, the Affton and Bayless School Districts, St. Louis County Government, and a variety of other community partners. There have been wonderful accomplishments during the two years.
The ACP focused resources of UMSL to develop projects in the following areas: Welcoming New Americans to the Affton Community, developed a New Americans Task Force, created an outreach and engagement strategy designed to recruit and facilitate community involvement of New Americans, and provided seminars and technical assistance services for government officials, police officers, business owners, and school district personnel. Supporting Affton's Older Residents, created a community stakeholder's committee, conducted a housing needs assessment of the community's older population, and developed a set of strategies to better link the housing environment with the abilities and needs of older residents. Building Capacity to Bring About Change, helped the volunteer-based ACBA to develop a strategic plan and better focus resources and develop partnerships that will strengthen and sustain the community.
Affton Community Betterment Association (ACBA) was formed in 1998 to work with residents for the betterment of the Affton Community. The non-profit organization disbanded in 2009 due to lack of funding.
Who runs Affton Community Days?
The Affton Chamber of Commerce promotes, and organizes this annual event. This committee meets for many hours over the year from February to September organizing the event and promoting it to our members, looking for sponsors so that we can provide them with top notch entertainment. We provide the opportunity for non-profit organizations in the community to raise money for their events by participating in Affton Community Days. Chamber records show that Affton Days started as Affton Sale Days, then became Affton Days. In 2012, the name was changed to Affton Community Days to include all of the Affton Zip Code, not just the Affton School District. The chamber then provides scholarships for area students and has provided many enhancements to the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center. For more information about the next Affton Community Days, click here.