St. Louis - Public citizens said for the past decade that business leaders should help fund regional renovations.
"The St. Louis Region is no longer competitive," said a member of the public educated on the issues, adding that millennials and entrepreneurs have warned that they will stop coming to St. Louis without upgrades to compete with unified cities like Nashville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and elsewhere.
"We're going to need business leaders to invest beyond silver-bullets alongside average taxpayers." a blue-collar worker said.
Officials said some $100 to $200 million annually would go towards savings as opposed to redundant services that citizens continually pay for.
More details on four plans were not immediately available. Attending years of regional events calling for change were average residents, small business owners, officers, and activists that pay the salaries of the mayor, alderman, and ticket sales.
Multiple facts said that the region has bled its population since its peak nearly 57 years ago. Now they added, "We have to take care of our vulnerable people."
"These divisions (in St. Louis) lose us money," economic scholars said. "The St. Louis Region has been a region that keeps on stagnating."
Experts agreed, stressing the infrastructure is short of officers and lacks transportation needs but hasn't had a major upgrade since the 1904 World's Fair. "We must become competitive," they said.
About a year ago, citizens began a nonprofit to discuss potential renovations to the administrative infrastructure costing less money than it took to lose the Rams. The region, formerly called The Fourth City, divorced itself in 1876 and cost its future at the time.
"We don't have a full plan yet," St. Louis Strong Executive Director Jake Hollander told business leaders. "What we're doing is developing plans so the region is effective and competitive for the next 140 years."
Also at the event was the beleaguered but gritty spirit of St. Louis.
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