• WHITE PAPER: Home Rule or Room Rule?

    Regionalism Drill Down White Paper #10 by David Rusk Special to ConstructForSTL “Neither St. Louis City nor County could credibly claim to be business-friendly, and the region suffers because of it.   There are more than 90...

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  • WHITE PAPER: Three Things Better Together Got Right

    Regionalism Drill Down White Paper #11 by David Rusk Special to ConstructForSTL When Construction Forum St. Louis asked me to undertake an objective critique of the St. Louis City-County Governance Task Force Report to the Community (January...

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  • Krewson, in ‘State of the City,’ Says Merger is ‘On Pause’

    From St. Louis Business Journal:  Mayor Lyda Krewson on Thursday voiced her support for some form of a city-county combination, saying Better Together’s merger effort is “on pause.” Her comments came during a State of the City...

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  • Better Together Vice Chair Calls for Dissolution, Firing of Top Officials

    From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  A key member of the city-county merger initiative has quit its board, citing “major reservations” about the future of the organization and calling for the resignation of three top officials. Better Together Vice...

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  • Better Together May Be Shelved, But Business Community Still Seeks Collaboration

    From St. Louis Public Radio:  The Better Together plan to merge St. Louis and St. Louis County was polarizing, but there was one aspect that many acknowledged would have been a big win for the region —...

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  • Better Together Pulls St. Louis City-County Merger Petition

    From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The city-county merger advocacy group Better Together, facing months of widespread and unflagging criticism, on Monday pulled its beleaguered consolidation proposal from the state’s initiative petition process. Better Together board members and insiders...

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  • Messenger: Obit for Better Together, smothered by Stenger’s shadow

    From STL Today:  by Tony Messenger Amid the hubbub of the indictment and resignation of former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger on Monday, a five-year-old suffered a tragic ending to its brief life. Its name was...

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  • Leaders Call for Resignation of St. Louis County NAACP President

    From St. Louis Public Radio:  More than 30 African American political leaders from the St. Louis metro area are calling for the resignation of St. Louis County NAACP President John Gaskin III. The announcement came Monday afternoon...

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  • Better Together-Style Merger In Indianapolis Created Winners And Losers

    From St. Louis Public Radio:  Backers of the ambitious plan to merge governments in St. Louis and St. Louis County have pointed to the success of Indianapolis, which completed its own merger 50 years ago. Since then,...

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  • Metro City Plan To Impact Area

    From eMissourian:  Campaign representatives seeking to create a united metropolitan St. Louis say the impact of the county and city consolidation will have great impact on Franklin County and the other “collars” of St. Louis. If the...

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