Later next month, I will be welcoming hundreds of business executives, senior government officials, and members of the national media to St. Louis for a White House conference on the environment.
Five federal departments are co-hosting the event, which is being held to consider ways for the private and public sectors to work together to encourage better use of publicly owned lands. They’re calling the practice "cooperative conservation."
The City of St. Louis is a great showcase for such cooperation. The Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District approved by St. Louis voters five years ago, newly refurbished Forest Park, the on-going design process for the downtown riverfront, and future plans for the Chouteau Lake & Greenway are all examples of successful partnerships.
You can read more about the conference here.