Civic Leaders Stress Collaboration at Regional Summit

By on May 31, 2018

From St. Louis Business Journal:  If the St. Louis region wants to compete better and notch more wins, it needs to stress regional collaboration. That was a theme highlighted Wednesday at the East-West Gateway Council of Governments 2018 Board Summit.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, as chair of East-West Gateway, called the summit, which sought ideas for economic development, workforce development, crime and safety, and state policy.

Jim Wild, executive director of East-West Gateway, indicated in his opening remarks that collaboration between the nonprofit, government and business sectors is necessary for the region to succeed.

Speakers from the United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Regional Business Council stressed regional coordination as well in their own remarks.

“Economic development is and should be a team sport,” said Tom Chulick, acting president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

He also said the St. Louis region can be more effective in regards to state policy in Illinois and Missouri by speaking with a unified voice.

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