ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – In the sagging economic state, several midwestern cities are suggesting a solution that, these days, seems rare — cooperation.

Leaders from Nashville, Oklahoma City and Kansas City came to St. Louis yesterday and made their message clear that St. Louis city and county need to band together and act like a region rather than competing areas.

“We’ve got to make sure that we all are saying the same thing,” said County Executive Charlie Dooley. “As long as it’s in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, everybody benefits from it.”

The joint economic development conference brought the city and county together to hear advice from other cities. Dooley said the city and county are already discussing the possibilities they have regarding property and other assets, which will make it easier to tell potential companies about St. Louis opportunities.

One of the advising cities, Kansas City, also suffers from in-fighting due to its position in two different states, both of which want to take companies from the other.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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