Study touts economic benefits of St. Louis City and County rejoining - KMOV.com

Study touts economic benefits of St. Louis City and County rejoining

(KMOV) – St. Louis City and St. Louis County divorced 135 years ago, and now there is new momentum for a remarriage that could grow the local economy and create jobs.

History, examples across the county, and a recent study suggest for the region to grow, the city and county must start thinking and working regionally. T
he chiefs of the St. Louis Development Corporation and the St. Louis County Economic Council have been meeting to discuss a possible merger.

Mayor Francis Slay has been talking, blogging and Tweeting about the city reentering St. Louis County for some time, but now the first step at a city-county marriage – an economic arm merger – is closer to becoming concrete.

The St. Louis Zoo-Museum district and the Metropolitan Sewer District are examples of successful city-county collaborations. The city and county pump cash into the World Trade Center in Clayton. Both pushed the “China Hub” project at Lambert Airport, which didn’t take off.

A recent federal grant paid for this study, which states the city and county have to collaborate more as a region to compete nationally and internationally.

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