Issue Background

Build and Invest

As part of this agenda, the Chamber will:

  • Convene and facilitate stakeholders to define the infrastructure needed.  
  • Create opportunities, content and expertise to support decision-makers as they understand and implement new forms of funding and financing infrastructure. 
  • Champion transformational projects that improve the transportation infrastructure for our entire region, with a particular focus on transit and connecting workers to jobs
  • Endorse a sustainable federal Highway Trust Fund and increase Missouri transportation funding to go beyond maintenance levels to allow for needed improvements; lead efforts to educate stakeholders about innovative models of transportation funding
  • Support the implementation of the Regional Freight District action plan to leverage growth in this critical industry sector, including rail, river and air cargo
  • Support real ethics reform in our state capitols, to improve public transparency and increase trust between our elected officials and the citizens they represent
  • Support Scott Air Force Base’s growth and status as a transportation and cyber center of excellence and ensure this critical regional employer remains competitive to attract new squadrons and missions

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.  

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