As part of this agenda, the Chamber will:
St. Louis needs significant investment in infrastructure that creates jobs, connects where people live with centers of employment and education and the broader world, ensures employers have ready access to critical utilities and freight networks and that we continue St. Louis’ legacy of open, high quality civic amenities. We must put our efforts into projects that result in real improvement rather than maintaining the status quo. Not only will these projects contribute to St. Louis long-term attractiveness, in the near-term they create jobs for people and provide a dramatic opportunity for bringing new workers and enterprises into the economy. Our needs go well beyond surface transportation, such as roads and bridges; our region needs substantial investment in transit, high-speed rail, utilities, parks and projects needed for a vibrant urban core such as competitive sports, convention, and entertainment venues.
Traditional and historic approaches to funding and financing are insufficient to our current reality. Funding and financing will depend on best and next practices of cost and revenue sharing across government jurisdictions and public-private delivery models.