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Economic growth and globalization and their effect on racial equity are topics for Jan. 27th Central Library event

The global economy is no longer some vague concept on the horizon. It is as real as Americans buying jeans made in Mexico, running shoes from Viet Nam, and televisions, computers, and cell phones manufactured in Asia.

The globalization of commerce extends beyond personal decisions about what to buy, and where it was made. It extends to news coverage of the stock market and monetary fluctuations in China and the European Union, with the implication that changes abroad have real effects stateside. Globalization is here, and it is intensifying.

What does this mean for St. Louis, and what effect will it have on racial equity challenges the region already faces?

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Library event Wednesday, Oct. 14, to explore the role of rankings in the assessment, analysis of St. Louis

Everybody wants to know how they are doing. Cities are no different.

Rankings vary depending on the subject being considered and the thoroughness of the measurement. Whether it considers individuals, corporations, or metropolitan regions, the conclusions reached are only as valid as the information used to compute the ranking. Like any other metro area, what St. Louis is now and where it is headed is part of an ongoing discussion.

That discussion continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, downtown at the Central Library, 1301 Olive St., when a media panel weighs in on how some rankings tell the story of St. Louis, and other rankings misconstrue its reality.

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Where St. Louis Stands on the Digital Divide

By Teresa Martinez, Nine Network of Public Media

Where We Stand Preview blog posts represent the opinion of the author and do not represent the view of East-West Gateway Council of Governments. This post is part of the Where We Stand 7th Edition Preview Blog Series. View other posts in the series here.

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

Where We Stand Preview blog posts represent the opinion of the author and do not represent the view of East-West Gateway of Governments. This post is part of the Where We Stand 7th Edition Preview Blog Series. View other posts in the series here.

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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