Sept. 25th Forum Program: ‘What We Heard: Solving the Puzzle of STL Regional Collaboration’

By on August 13, 2018

Construction Forum STL will conclude its multi-part series “Solving the Puzzle of STL Regional Collaboration” on Sept. 25 with a program titled, “What We Heard.”  The program will provide a video documentary synthesis comprised of interviews with program attendees and speakers, informed by an email survey that was sent to attendees. The program will be moderated by Forum President Joe Blanner.

The documentary footage was shot and is being edited and produced by the award-winning firm Solstice Productions. Snippets of the documentary, such as this clip (below), have been previewed throughout the series’ history.

The “Solving the Puzzle” series has attracted 940 registrants in its first three programs, with many of them attending two or all three of the series programs. In December of 2017 Brookings Scholar David Rusk kicked off the series with an examination of what he called “Communities of Common Interest”. He also offered Minneapolis and Portland as two examples of regions where collaboration has flourished. University of Pittsburgh professor David Miller discussed, among other points, how collaborations between the core city and  inner suburbs sharing a common border can benefit an entire region.

Peter Goldmark, former head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey emphasized embracing new technologies ahead of the curve. The NY/NJ authority, for example, built the world’s first container port before a container ship was on the water. That effort is actually mirrored by the St. Louis Freightway’s current container-on-vessel program, being developed in cooperation with the Port of Plaquemines, LA,  south of New Orleans.

“The program will have kind of a ‘TED Talk’ vibe,” Forum President Joe Blanner said. “We want to emphasize the hopes and expectations our Forum audiences had in attending, the key points of the speakers’ presentations, and the audiences’ key takeaways.

The program will also attempt to fill in some of the blanks for our Forum participants in terms of past history and political and legal issues surrounding regional collaboration. Joe Blanner has spent the past three-plus years writing and revising a book on the history of regionalism efforts in St. Louis. The book is currently being prepared for publication.

The Sept. 25 program will follow the same format as all other Forum programs. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 and be followed by about 45 minutes of networking. The program will adjourn around 9 a.m. To register, click here.


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