The City of St. Charles, Illinois, is guided by the four driving principles in its Mission: Heritage. Community. Service. Opportunity. Together, these principles create a thriving environment for people who live or visit here, and for businesses to prosper. Our City has gained national recognition as a family-friendly town and wide acclaim for its architecture, living up to its nickname Pride of the Fox. The City provides citizens with reliable, cost-effective services: • Utilities: electric, water, wastewater • Public Safety: police, fire, emergency medical services, public safety education • Streets Services: maintenance and snowplowing • Economic and community development, as well as planning and engineering services. Economic Development The City of St. Charles sets a deliberate course for its future with thoughtful planning for community and economic development. St. Charles is home to a balanced mix of nearly 2,000 businesses that employ more than 18,000 people.