February 2013, St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced a major regional partnership between the economic development teams in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis, a partnership that would officially come to fruition six months later. The new partnership, known as St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, guides the St. Louis region's joint efforts to support new and growing businesses.
"St. Louis Economic Development Partnership reflects the sentiment that our citizens and business community alike have championed for many years, focusing on greater collaboration between the city and county as a way to propel our region forward," said Charlie A. Dooley, county executive for St. Louis County.
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership expands the size and reach of the St. Louis County Economic Council. Through the combined efforts of the city and county, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership will create a unified voice for the region, delivering services more efficiently while focusing on some of the most important areas of regional economic development: business development, entrepreneurship, international trade and business finance.
"We are enthusiastic that this collaboration will make us more effective and raise our national and global reputation," said Mayor Francis Slay, mayor of the City of St. Louis. "By projecting one voice and making it easier to interact with our region, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership will be better positioned to attracting new companies and investment in St. Louis."