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St. Louis Seeks Public Input On Long-Anticipated Economic Development Framework

St. Louis city officials released a new framework Tuesday that aims to guide more equitable economic development that will also spur the city’s population and economy. The City of St. Louis on Tuesday released a draft of its master plan for equitable economic development. It’s calling for public comment until the end of August.

The new framework points out where economic development is lagging and lays out goals to boost wages, grow jobs and increase the city’s population by 30,000 residents over the next decade.

The St. Louis Development Corporation has been working on the framework for about a year and a half with consulting firm Mass Economics and a 47-person advisory committee. It includes business and community development leaders like Bishop Michael Jones Sr. He’s the co-chair of the committee and senior pastor of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

Jones said it’s time to reinvest in north St. Louis.

“It is a critical time for this city and those in the seat of power to make decisions that are equitable and right for communities that have been rejected for a number of years,” he said. “And so what protesters are doing is shining a light.”

The framework, which connects a series of other […]

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