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Community program aimed at helping St. Louis while winning support for MLS team

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A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Supporters of a new soccer stadium for St. Louis unveiled a program to help community groups in thee city on Tuesday.

However, that help all depends on the April 4 vote on a new soccer stadium.

The Community Benefit Agreement requires the SC STL group to invest in youth programs and jobs programs in the city.

"It's what we need and what we deserve from owners of sports franchises in our city," said Mayor Francis Slay.

The St. Louis Boys and Girls Club is just one organization that stands to benefit from the agreement with youth clinics, equipment and even tickets from the pro soccer team.

Other aspects deal with jobs, benefiting the residents at the St. Patrick's Center downtown.

"We'll be able to get them into internship programs and then into jobs," said Laurie Phillips, CEO of St. Patrick's.

The effort is also expected to try and boost support for the April 4th vote on raising the city's business use tax to help fund the stadium.

The SC STL investors are committing $255 million of private money to try and win a pro MLS team.

"We're absolutely sweating it out, there's no question about it," said SC STL investor Jim Kavanaugh.

Investors say the stadium will help generate $5 million annually in tax revenue.

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