(KMOX)-Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff says a study that ranks St. Louis as the 7th worst-run city in America is just another weak attempt to get some, “free, cheap publicity.”
Reacting to 24/7 Wall Street’s rankings, Jeff Rainford said, “Somebody got on the internet, pulled up some information and crunched it and threw it out.”
In fact Rainford says the rankings have nothing to do with how a city is run, “What they really reported was the cities that had the most concentrated poverty, because almost all of their measures were related to concentrated poverty, and we can’t argue that we don’t have a lot concentrated poverty.”
The rankings cite St. Louis’ high violent crime rate (2nd highest), low high school graduation rate (36th lowest), poverty rate (13th highest) and low median income (10th lowest of top 100 cities). It does give the city credit for maintaining its strong Moody’s credit score of Aa3.
Rainford says the best way to fight crime and poverty is with education. He says Mayor Slay has been working to improve education through the opening of 13 new charter schools and is leading on improving job training for adults. He says even since the great recession hit, there’s been almost one billion dollars in new development in the city and crime has decreased every year over the past five years.
Rainford says there are really four groups that take a hard look at how well a city is run, “And all three ratings agencies and IBM report the city is well run and is doing all the right things.”
24/7 Wall Street ranks Miami as America’s worst run city followed by Detroit and Newark.
It says the country’s best run city is Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Click here to read about the rankings.
Click here to read the IBM report on St. Louis.
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