Regional Growth and Prosperity Focus of Economic Development Network Meeting

by Jim Alexander | Feb 09, 2017

The Greater St. Louis Economic Development Network held its first meeting of the year on February 3. The Network is an exclusive gathering of economic development professionals from across the region. Each meeting centers on exploring the metro’s economic drivers, best practices, and the latest data in the field through timely presentations.

Charles Gascon, regional economist with the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, presented his research on how the St. Louis region compares to other metros in growth and prosperity. He highlighted the importance of metro areas because their economic activity often supports the rest of their respective states. Legacy cities like St. Louis features high home ownership rates, relatively high real wages, and lower costs of living.

Past Economic Development Network meetings featured speakers discussing economy forecasts, issues impacting the region, as well as the importance of St. Louis’ industry clusters.

It was also announced that registration is open for UMSL’s Fundamentals of Economic Development course. This course covers introductory economic and community development concepts and tools to attract, assess, and support development and redevelopment opportunities in the region.

If interested in the Economic Development Network, contact Judy Schrum at 314-444-1190 or