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Greater St. Louis, Inc. Delegation Discusses Regional Priorities with Policy Makers at Annual Day at the Capitol

April 1, 2022
GSL Annual Day at the Capitol

Yesterday, Greater St. Louis, Inc. led a delegation of investors and community leaders to Jefferson City to advocate for regional business priorities with key state elected officials. The delegation included representatives from Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s Executive Committee of the Chair’s Council members Edward Jones, Spire, Anheuser-Busch, The Boeing Company, Saint Louis University, and SSM Health, and Chair’s Council members AT&T, Missouri American Water, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and St. Louis Association of Realtors.

Discussion with lawmakers centered around Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s top policy priorities, which include advancing entrepreneurship and innovation by increasing investment in the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), supporting the Missouri Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit, and investing in infrastructure, including public transit. 

“Ensuring the state and the metro have an attractive and welcoming climate for business and talent is essential to inclusive growth as called for in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan,” said Tracy Henke, Chief Policy Officer and President, ChamberSTL. “Increased state investment in MTC means more investment in entrepreneurship, job creation, and talent attraction. Investment in public transit means those jobs — as well as health care, education, and other services — are more accessible to all of Missouri’s citizens. And passing the Missouri R&D Tax Credit will allow the metro to capitalize on opportunities in critical innovation sectors that create high-paying jobs.”

The delegation met with the Directors of the Department of Economic Development, Department of Transportation, House and Senate Leadership, the Senate Appropriations Committee, and House and Senate Economic Development Committees. All meetings featured positive discourse about Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s policy priorities and the most important issues impacting the state and metro. 

Lawmakers from all over the state echoed the importance of the St. Louis metro and acknowledged it as the economic engine of the state of Missouri. Greater St. Louis, Inc. looks forward to furthering that message and building even stronger relationships with leaders who make decisions that impact the region.