Several community groups are joining the ride-sharing company, Uber, in their quest to pass legislation that would allow the recruitment of 4,000 drivers in St. Louis.
The legislation, which is currently pending, would also allow Uber to recruit 10,000 drivers state-wide and expand to four new markets. Uber hosted a driver recruitment event to bring attention to the legislation. In attendance were community groups NAACP St. Louis, Ferguson 1000, Job News USA, LaunchCode, and Connections to Success.
In a press release, Uber Missouri General Manager Sagar Shah said the ride-sharing company was committed to recruit 2,000 drivers in the first year of operation. Shah said they surpassed that goal and are looking to reach higher goals.
"We are proud to double down on this commitment to invest and create more economic opportunities across the St. Louis area," Shah said in Uber's press release.
NAACP St. Louis vice president Cedrick Clarkson said working with Uber will supply the work that many communities demand.
"When more people work, St. Louis thrives," Clarkson said. "Economic opportunity should be within reach for all people."
Uber recruited more than 3,000 drivers in St. Louis since Sept. 2015, despite a judge denying Uber's request to operate in St. Louis and St. Louis County. According to Uber, the demand for more drivers grows.
The legislation would result in a number of net benefits for Missouri citizens and millions in additional earnings for drivers in Springfield, Jefferson City, St. Joseph, and nearby St. Charles, according to Uber.