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Reflecting on The Past, Working for The Future

We celebrate and honor Black History this month and year-round. 
February 3, 2022
Black History Month. Greater St. Louis Inc.

St. Louis Business and Civic Leaders,

At the onset of Black History Month, we are called not only to reflect and learn from our past but also to look forward to how we, as Greater St. Louis, Inc., can work in support of a future that lifts up everyone in our metro, especially our Black residents.

For us, that work centers on inclusive economic growth: the north star of the STL 2030 Jobs Plan. That means we grow the pipeline of opportunities and do the work in partnership to reduce barriers so that everyone in our region, regardless of their zip code or the color of their skin, can thrive.

That means committing to the work of promoting community-led development and wealth-building that will have generational impact. It means shining a light on the stories of people that not only shaped our history but also those that will guide our future.

  • On, part of our STLMade initiative, we are amplifying the stories of Black creatives, business and community leaders, and other Black members of our community who are driving change and shaping the future of our metro.
  • We are working with leading businesses across the region, like GDIT, and organizations, like Rung for Women, to strengthen and expand workforce development efforts.

While there is much more to be done, these are some of the ways we are committing to drive inclusive growth. That commitment also requires us to acknowledge that as we celebrate and honor Black History this month, our work must be a year-round endeavor.

We truly appreciate your support and commitment to the principles of inclusive growth and the work we are doing in support of it.

Respectfully yours,

Jason R. Hall
Chief Executive Officer

Valerie E. Patton, MA, MSW
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
President, Greater St. Louis Foundation