(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.
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.
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. The chiefs of the St. Louis Development Corporation and the St. Louis County Economic Council have been meeting to discuss a possible merger.
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.