The St. Louis Regional Chamber, working with and through our private/public-sector members, investors and partners, aspires for Greater St. Louis to be consistently counted among the nation’s top ten major metros for economic prosperity. We believe that there are a number of key metrics required to achieve this goal by 2025. It is also at the heart of the Strategy Statement to follow – a concise summary of our strategic plan.
“We are a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity by 2025 as measured by selected economic indicators. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place to live, work and invest. We will win on today’s regional strengths in focused economic clusters: financial services, health, multimodal logistics and biosciences. We will champion a better tomorrow through community leadership on three priorities: greater education attainment, inclusion and talent attraction, entrepreneurship and innovation. We will help unite the public and private sectors to advance and secure policy necessary to support our plan.”
Nothing could better serve our members and the region than executing on this strategy. A favorite saying of Joe Reagan, our CEO, is that “All of us need all of us.” That’s the only we’ll get there … as a region.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber traces its roots to 1836 – making us one of the oldest chambers of commerce in the United States. We’ve been involved with projects as diverse as securing funding for Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 transatlantic flight (thus the naming of the plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”) and rallying community support for the design, funding and construction of St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch.
We took on our current form in 1973, with the merger of three organizations: the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Regional Industrial Development Corporation, and the St. Louis Research Council.
Today we’re driven by one overriding purpose – to inspire a greater St. Louis – which is reflected in our Strategy Statement.
Who We Serve
The Chamber represents the 15-county, bi-state region comprising the city of St. Louis, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair.
Businesses of all sizes from startups to FORTUNE 1000s, non-profits, government agencies, education institutions, healthcare and labor organizations are included in this alliance.
One Team. One Purpose. One Plan.
Over the past year, we have sharpened our focus and refreshed our strategy. We have discovered more about our regional strengths, our challenges and ideas for preservation and change. Our Board of Directors, partners and staff leaders have worked together to forge a new strategy based on the reality going forward. This strategy is about winning today and creating tomorrow.
We will win today by engaging employers who are working to grow their companies by further developing our authentic, regional strengths in:
- Financial & Information Services
- Health Science & Services
- Multimodal Logistics
We’ve created Leadership Forums in three of these clusters and formed a strategic alliance with BioSTL to advance the bioscience cluster in the region. Together with partners, we are pursuing customer-inspired solutions to help companies start, expand and locate here.
We are building a better tomorrow for our region through:
- Greater educational attainment
- Economic inclusion
- Innovation and entrepreneurship
In addition, we have aligned our public policy and advocacy strategy to advance and secure public policy necessary to support our plan.
Bottom line – all we do at the Chamber is focused on our one aspiration – St. Louis ranking in the top 10 in prosperity.