Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Plan advances for a merged city-county economic development agency


A plan to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County economic development efforts advanced Tuesday when the County Council introduced legislation to establish the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

Hailed by business leaders this year, the new body’s role would be to guide the St. Louis region’s joint efforts to attract, retain and expand businesses. It’s intended to provide a unified voice for the region, officials said.

The partnership would be based in Clayton. The target date to begin operation is July 1.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen already is considering similar legislation.

In February, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced that the Economic Development Partnership would be created. Dooley championed it as “greater collaboration between the city and county as a way to propel our region forward.” More here.

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