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Imagine a Better St. Louis: Ameren introduces program to bridge racial divide in St. Louis region

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One of St. Louis’ biggest corporations is doing its part to provide resources that will help bring the region together.

On Thursday, Ameren Corporation introduced a program called “Discussion Across Differences” which will promote discussions about diversity and inclusion.

“It's going to make a big difference,” said Capt. Ronald Johnson with Missouri State Highway Patrol.  “I think when we look at the problems we have in this region and across the country. It's about all of us coming together to do what we can do.”

Capt. Ronald Johnson became a key figure in bringing law enforcement and the community closer together during the unrest in Ferguson. Now Johnson is backing Ameren’s vision to provide its own diversity training materials to organizations across the area.

“Small businesses who don't have the resources to bring these community leaders together, they can use them,” said Ameren Corp. Chairman and CEO Warner Baxter, “Frankly it's not just businesses, it’s nonprofit organizations and community organizations, schools.”

The materials include a series of five videos and discussion guides that will give organizations a starting point to better talk about diversity and inclusion. Ameren used recommendations from the Ferguson Commission to put together the training material.

“What will come from these videos in that first conversation will be more dialog, more conversation, more opportunity for coworkers, organizations, communities to interact like they never have before,” said Baxter.

The training videos are already available online and their free to any organization. To download those videos just go to

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