Guest Blog: The YOU-Turn

We as a community are facing unsettled and tumultuous times, and the lack of leadership and compassion within our community results in our exclusion from some of the biggest decisions that our City officials make.  The apparent divides between young and old, black and white, rich and poor have created distractions from the pursuit of balance and equality we all share.  The You-Turn is an empowerment philosophy designed to enlighten and motivate the residents of the City of St. Louis to become more involved in the local voting process and dedicated to a better understanding of local government affairs and political issues.

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Guest Blog: Youth + Volunteerism = Community Pride

We all know the positive effects that volunteerism has on our youth. There are trends of improved academics, leadership skills, and a decrease of teen pregnancy and drug abuse (just to name a few). You can find some pretty impressive statistics that show a high percentage of youth that volunteer to help raise awareness, fight hunger and homelessness and fundraise for different organizations. The common theme I see in these statistics is that very few of the volunteer efforts are giving back to their local community or neighborhoods.

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Guest Blog: A Rich Culture and Shared History

Saint Louis is strong because of its rich culture and shared history. Saint Louis is the home of the blues (and not just the hockey team either!), the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, and home to any number of national and international figures. We have Imo’s, Ted Drewes, Saint Louis Bread Company, and gooey butter cake. We have two world-class professional sports teams. We have one of the best start-up scenes in the nation. The region is home to some of the best institutions of higher learning in the world, bar none. There is so much that people in the Saint Louis region have in common with one another and that makes us strong – and yet, as a region we are geographically isolated from one another. We live in silos, separate from one another. We come together to share our rich history and culture, to enjoy the things that make us great, but when we drive home we go back into our isolation.

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Guest Blog: Elevate St. Louis - "We Persevere: Strength Amongst Strife"

The St. Louis Strong Guest Blog Series asks community voices, business executives, and political leaders, "What makes St. Louis Strong?"

Strength…
It’s a common word, one that has been known to exist in various forms. Much like its meaning defines, strength is so capable that it has transcended into both the mental and physical realms – a verb and a noun, something that is shown and possessed. It is a state of mind and a state of being.

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Guest Blog: Tishaura Jones - Commitment to Collaborate

The St. Louis Strong Guest Blog Series asks community voices, business executives, and political leaders, "What makes St. Louis Strong?"

Statistics can be unkind to St. Louis.  When I took office in 2013, St. Louis consistently ranked among the top five cities with the highest percentage of unbanked and underbanked households. Unbanked families spend approximately $1,200 a year just to get access to their money. Additionally, 88.5% of St. Louis City families qualify for free or reduced lunch; and only approximately 32% of the St. Louis working-age residents have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Guest Blog: The 9 Boroughs of a Greater St. Louis

This piece was originally published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 14, 2016

We have all heard that there is too much fragmentation in St. Louis. Duplication, waste and inefficiency abound, and there is no way to bring about change because the kings and kingdoms are firmly entrenched.

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Guest Blog: Strength in Numbers!

13 Reasons Why St. Louis Should Keep All 91 of Its Municipalities

There has been some crazy talk lately about reducing the number of independent cities that make up St. Louis. Specifically, various hippies have proposed that some of St. Louis County’s 90 municipalities should be merged. Some have even suggested that the city of St. Louis should become part of St. Louis County, which makes no sense for obvious reasons.  

Having “St. Louis” consist of 91 separate, independent cities is a already huge competitive advantage for us...and we haven’t even leveraged all the potential opportunities it has to offer! Here are 13 reasons St. Louis should keep all 91 municipalities.

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