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Posted on 02.22.13
  • 3 min read
  • Posted on 02.22.13

From the home office:

Thank you Joe and thank you for your great leadership at the RCGA. You have hit the ground running and have demonstrated a great amount of energy. I really appreciate your efforts. This is all related; what we are doing here is all related. This is about the St. Louis Region and I am pleased to join my good friend and partner in our region, County Executive Charlie Dooley. He is not only an outstanding leader for St. Louis County but he is also an outstanding regional leader, a great guy, and a good friend. Charlie, it is great to be with you.

This is an exciting occasion for the St. Louis region. We are announcing the Regional Development Partnership. It is something we have been working on for quite some time and it is a long time coming. What this is about is pulling our resources together, working more closely together, and creating a regional vision and strategic approach to creating jobs, developing our business opportunities, raising our profile nationally and internationally for the betterment of our entire community.

We wouldn't be here if it weren't for the great leadership of Charlie and his team. Denny Coleman, thank you for all that you are doing. I want to recognize Rodney Crim, who is the head of the St. Louis Development Corporation. It takes very special people to come together, to remove themselves from their comfort zones, and to look more broadly at a regional vision. It is something that they did well. It is up to all of us and up to all of them to make sure that this works, and that this works well.

We are here at a very appropriate place. This newly renovated hotel, The Cheshire Inn, is something that sets a good image for what we are doing. It straddles the borderline between St. Louis City and St. Louis County. It took both the City and County working together with Bob and his team to make this happen, so Bob thank you for doing such a great job.

This is just a first step in my view, and we still have a lot of work to do to make this work, to have continued city, county, and regional cooperation. It's important to note, and we will get into more details as we go through here, while there is a lot of work to help make this happen, there is going to be a lot of work and a lot of commitment to make this successful. There are a lot of members from the St. Louis business community, some of whom we will here from, the Regional Business County, Civic Progress, and others are here as well. I want to thank you for all the great work you do and all the leadership that you provide because you are going to be an integral part to what we are doing in the future.

This is very exciting to me. The possibilities are endless. The vision of what we want to be as a region is becoming clear: more competitive, with more business opportunities, and with a more cooperative spirit as we market our region in a better way. I am very excited about this. So Denny and Rodney, to quote a very famous movie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Thank you for all of your work, and Charlie, thank you for your leadership as well.