The St. Louis region drives away investment with unclear, bureaucratic processes for businesses. Depending on the size of their operation, businesses that will bring jobs to our region have to navigate multiple governments. If you’re a company that requires sprawling infrastructure and logistics, the prospect of negotiating with numerous government entities with different needs and concerns is off-putting and costly.
Through consolidation, St. Louis could streamline licensing and inspection processes to remove regulatory impediments for area entrepreneurs and make St. Louis a more attractive place to do business. Real people would feel the benefits of regional cooperation and subsequent economic growth.