Happy New Year, St. Louis: A Look Back at Our 2017 Successes

by Bailey Tripp | Jan 08, 2018

The St. Louis Regional Chamber achieved strong results in 2017 towards fulfilling our top five strategic priorities. From surpassing our aggressive economic development goals to convening regional leaders across the public and private sectors, our One Team has worked effectively to achieve these results. However, these results would not be possible without those who believe in our shared vision and goal for the St. Louis region.  We know that our results come from collaboration with our clients, members, investors, partners, and elected officials.

 2017 Strategic Priorities and Key Results

 A full-court press for net new jobs for the region leveraging our strength in financial services, biosciences, health, and logistics.

  • The Chamber assisted 15 clients, adding 3,000 new jobs with $70,000 average salaries and $837m investment to the St. Louis region.
  • We also secured 104 New Active Clients year-to-date, far exceeding the aggressive goal we set.

Marketing the St. Louis unified brand strategy through proactive media relations, social media and special events, especially those aimed at students from our regional universities who are recently graduated or are approaching graduation.

  • The Chamber promoted the positive and authentic brand message for St. Louis to targeted audiences, including local residents, college students, and business decision-makers in San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and New York.
  • We staffed the Regional Marketing Collaborative which created the “St Louis brand book” and distributed 1,100 copies.
  • Our team executed LouFestU, the regional college festival attended by over 1,500 students.
  • We aired commercials highlighting St. Louis innovation through our partnership with member broadcasters and Civic Pride Foundation.
  • The Chamber helped launch the regional talent solution “The Whether” by Better Weekdays.

A renewed focus on a safe and secure region, working with our public officials on serious crime reduction initiatives and improving citizen-law enforcement relations.

  • Helped negotiate a first-of-its kind MOU between St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and the Bi-State Development Agency. The MOU is a paradigm shift for MetroLink public safety that has so far delivered a central command structure and headquarters, secured funding for a system-wide security audit and improved cooperation between the three accredit law enforcement agencies.
  • We also engaged our members in public advocacy on two successful campaigns for police funding.

A push to ‘close the gap’ in needed equity funding for the entrepreneurial boom underway in our region.

Executing on the highest-impact solutions in the St. Louis Regional Commitment to Education to improve access and accelerated degree completion.

  • Obtained confirmation from the necessary private, educational, public, social sector stakeholders to sign the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment to reach the goal of seeing St. Louis become a Top Ten region for educational attainment by 2025.
  • Launched the St. Louis Regional Education Data Dashboard, a tool that will enable the region to benchmark progress towards the Top Ten goal and with St. Louis Graduates
  • Released the report, Degrees with Less Debt, which identifies specific strategies for better supporting underrepresented student populations

With all these successes under our belt, we look forward to using our 2017 momentum to start 2018 off strong. Despite this, the true source of our strength lies within the people and institutions of our region. With the combined strength of our 15-county, bi-state region,  the Chamber will continue to work to make St. Louis a better place to live, work, play and invest.