(KMOV) – St. Louis City and county are joining forces in an attempt to lure thousands of jobs to the St. Louis area.
On Friday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced a major regional partnership between the county’s and city’s economic development teams.
According to both parties, the new partnership, known as St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, will guide the St. Louis region’s joint efforts to support new and growing businesses.
Made up of both city and county officials, the plan is to support new businesses, help existing firms grow and ultimately lure more big businesses to the region and thousands of jobs.
It's a plan Slay promised in his second innauguration speech in 2005.
“We are enthusiastic that this collaboration will make us more effective and raise our national and global reputation,” said Slay.
“St. Louis Economic Development Partnership reflects the sentiment that our citizens and business community alike have championed for many years, focusing on greater collaboration between the city and county as a way to propel our region forward,” said Dooley.
Officials say through the combined efforts of the city and county, the new partnership will deliver services more efficiently while focusing on business development and entrepreneurship.
Denny Coleman will serve as chief executive officer of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and Rodney Crim will serve as president.
“By projecting one voice and making it easier to interact with our region, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership will be better positioned to attracting new companies and investment in St. Louis," Slay said.