St. Louis is on the Verge of “Freightness”

By Dennis Wilmsmeyer, executive director of America’s Central Port

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Okay, so the title of this article is a little corny, but it definitely underscores where St. Louis sits in terms of freight today and how it is positioning itself going forward. St. Louis has always been a river town, followed by a rail town, followed by a highway town and a runway town; but never forgetting

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Where St. Louis Stands on the Digital Divide

By Teresa Martinez, Nine Network of Public Media

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For the majority of us, the Internet is firmly integrated into our daily lives and central to our learning. As of 2014, 87 percent of the U.S. population says they use the Internet, according to the Pew Research Center. But today, access is no longer sufficient. Internet access does not mean equal access. As we see in

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Using Data to Prepare St. Louis for Emergencies

By Dale Chambers, Public Safety Director, St. Louis Area Regional Response System

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Where We Stand provides a wide range of information about how the St. Louis region compares to the rest of the 50 most populous metro areas in the country. Some of that information is available to be used for planning for an emergency.

Many of the tables could be used to support emergency planning

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Education and the Future of the St. Louis Region

By Anne Klein, Vice President, Education Strategies, St. Louis Regional Chamber

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No factor is more crucial to the St. Louis region’s future economic vitality and competitive position in the global marketplace than education. Employment, earnings and community wealth increase as educational attainment levels increase.

In today’s knowledge-based economy, where businesses and economic developers rely on college attainment statistics to assess workforce quality,

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Large Senior Population in the St. Louis Region has Significant Impacts on Taxes, Economy, and Transportation

By Mary Lazare, Vice President of Home and Community Based Services, Lutheran Senior Services

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Compared to our peer MSA’s, St. Louis stands out as having a significant older adult population, including older adults with disabilities and those living alone. The older adult population (65 and over) represents 14.4 percent of our total population. That percentage equates to over 404,000 people, and 113,000 of these seniors are

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