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Greater St. Louis, Inc. is Prioritizing Digital Access in Missouri

February 17, 2022
An open letter to Gov. Parson: Expanding Broadband in Missouri

This week, Greater St. Louis, Inc. sent a letter to Missouri Governor Mike Parson supporting the broadband initiatives included in his proposed Executive Budget. The STL 2030 Jobs Plan calls for expanded digital access to better connect St. Louisans to opportunities no matter where they live. Greater St. Louis, Inc. is working with the Governor, his Administration, and the General Assembly to fund and ensure the St. Louis metro is a represented partner in state decisions that aim to solve the digital divide.

February 15, 2022

 

The Honorable Michael L. Parson
Governor State of Missouri
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Dear Governor Parson:

On behalf of Greater St. Louis, Inc. and our public policy initiative, ChamberSTL, we write to express support for the broadband initiatives included in your fiscal year 2023 Executive Budget.

As you know, the proposed budget includes over $400 million for broadband.  We applaud your decision to spend $250 million on broadband infrastructure, $30 million for a digital literacy campaign, and $30 million for broadband affordability.  Ensuring broadband accessibility throughout the state, including the St. Louis metro, will result in more educational and training opportunities for Missouri’s children and families and new job opportunities.  Our team looks forward to working with your Administration and the General Assembly to craft broadband programs that work for every Missouri community.

Thank you for your service and your commitment to pro-growth public policy.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Tracy at Tracy@GreaterSTLinc.com or Adam Kazda, Director of Government Relations, at Adam@GreaterSTLinc.com.

Sincerely,

Jason R. Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Greater St. Louis, Inc.   

Tracy A. Henke
Chief Policy Officer, Greater St. Louis, Inc.
President, ChamberSTL

 

CC:  

Maggie Kost
Acting Director
Missouri Department of Economic Development

BJ Tanksley
Director of Broadband Development
Missouri Department of Economic Development

Senator Dan Hegeman (SD-12)
Chair
Senate Appropriations Committee

Representative Cody Smith (HD-163)
Chair
House Budget Committee

Representative Louis Riggs (HD-005)
Chair
Special Interim Committee on Broadband Development