375 People Registered for April 1 Forum Event

By on March 24, 2015

375 people have registered for the April 1 Construction Forum STL quarterly networking/speaker event.

The speaker April 1 will be Dr. Terry Jones, arguably the area’s greatest authority on the topic of “too many governments” in the St. Louis region. He has been writing about and studying this topic for four decades. The program will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Sheet Metal Workers Hall at Jefferson and Chouteau. The program will follow the typical Forum format: 45 minutes of networking, followed by Jones’ presentation.

Dave Nicklaus of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently wrote: “St. Louis, most area residents would agree, has many elements of a great city…”What we don’t have is a governmental structure that makes sense. That makes a big difference, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says.”

Dr. Jones, a professor of political science who has been at UMSL for over four decades, is the author of  the book Fragmented by Design: Why St. Louis Has So Many Governments.  He also authored The Metropolitan Chase: Politics and Policies in Urban America, and Conducting Political Research, as well as dozens of scholarly articles, chapters, and technical reports. He has been a consultant to over 50 governmental bodies.

Jones feels  the news is not all bad concerning our fractured political map. He says that while St. Louis has a large number of political units, there is benefit to this situation. In the Winter 2014 issue of the Forum’s journal ConstructForSTL Jones wrote that the many municipalities here create a sense of connectedness and investment on the part of the municipalities citizens’. He also stated that St. Louis has a history of mounting regional efforts to successfully address specific regional issues.

Registration is free, but reservations are required. Click here to register.

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