The renovation and preservation of historic buildings in the City of St. Louis received international recognition from the World Leadership Forum as it presented St. Louis its World Leadership Award in the category of housing.
"Our presentation was called 'Vacancy To Vibrancy' and focused on the turnaround we have made in the housing market by creating new housing units in historic buildings throughout the City," Mayor Francis Slay said from London where he made the presentation and accepted the award on the City's behalf. "This honor recognizes the vision and hard work of the many people who are making St. Louis a great City."
In his presentation, Slay focused on rebuilding the City through the creation of new housing units and renovating historic buildings. Since 2000, more than 20,000 units have been rehabbed and 4,221 new units have been built in historic buildings, resulting in almost 14,000 new residents of the City.
The World Leadership Award is an international award that recognizes great ideas and achievements by cities. The award is given to cities whose leaders have shown exceptional imagination, foresight or resilience in a number of key areas - especially cities that have reversed trends, shaken off traditional images, and acted as an example and inspiration to others.
More than 400 cities around the world were asked to submit synopsis of their most successful projects in a wide range of categories. Last year, St. Louis won first place in the category of "Urban Renewal."
The World Leadership Forum is a not-for-profit organization which promotes the best in modern city leadership worldwide.