A More Collaborative & Focused Approach
Greater St. Louis, Inc. combines the strengths of five current economic development organizations to unify around a common vision and strategy for fostering inclusive growth. AllianceSTL, Arch to Park, Civic Progress, Downtown STL, Inc., and the St. Louis Regional Chamber will come together as Greater St. Louis, Inc. by the end of 2020. Leaders of the new organization will foster collaborative community partnerships to address the metropolitan area’s challenges and opportunities for broad-based prosperity.
As with any legal integration, this process began with discussions, feedback, and ultimately formal votes by each organization’s board of directors and members. This bold, but initial, step involved hundreds of people taking action to vote in favor of combining to form Greater St. Louis, Inc. by the end of the year. Legal integration is just one component of a broader leadership commitment from the private-sector economic development community to be part of the solution to achieve greater economic growth and transformation in St. Louis. In the weeks and months ahead, we will engage even more members and stakeholders of the existing organizations – and community stakeholders, including those who may not have been engaged in the past – as we all work together to shape the vision of more inclusive growth throughout the metro area.
Strategic focus areas will include:
- Attracting globally competitive companies
- Ensuring economic competitiveness to sustain and support the growth of existing businesses within the metropolitan area
- Promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, and small business development
- Growing an adaptive, diverse, and highly skilled workforce
- Revitalizing and growing our urban core
Our Regional Challenges Demand That We Organize Differently
Benchmarking studies of faster-growing regions across the U.S. underscore why St. Louis must be more collaborative. Fragmentation at many levels has been a fundamental barrier to reversing decades of economic underperformance, stagnant population growth and racial segregation. Greater St. Louis, Inc. represents a best-in-class, evidence-based framework to align, structure and invest our significant resources to create a St. Louis economy that is more competitive, inclusive and equitable.
Every Business Has a Place in Creating a Greater St. Louis
Members of the combining organizations will transition to be Greater St. Louis, Inc. members and will receive an equivalent or greater package of benefits. The organization welcomes new businesses of all sizes and will offer valuable opportunities to those eager to shape and drive the work that will transform our region.