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Economic Growth and Racial Equity: How can St. Louis compete in the global economy?
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Join FOCUS and its partners for the second forum in the Where We Stand series.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Public Library - Central Library Auditorium
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, Missouri  63103
United States

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The globalization of the economy is not some vague concept on the horizon. Over the last 50 years globalization has created challenges and opportunities for the St. Louis region. From the deindustrialization that began in the 1970s to the Great Recession in the last decade, changes in global markets have threatened the competitive position of the region, while exacerbating existing racial disparities. Meanwhile, growth industries such as freight and biotechnology offer new hope for prosperity.

On Jan. 27, panelists will explain and explore the complex interaction of workforce development, regional competitiveness, and racial equity in the St. Louis region with a focus on two questions:

1) Does the region have the human capital it needs to compete in the world economy?

2) How can the region ensure that opportunities in the new economy are shared by all?



  • John Posey, Director of Research, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, co-author of Where We Stand.
  • Ruth Sergenian, Chief Economist, St. Louis Regional Chamber, co-author of Currents
  • William Tate, Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished Service Professor in Arts & Sciences, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Director of the Center for the Study of Regional Competitiveness in Science and Technology, Washington University
  • Brenda Mahr, Chief Executive Officer, Employment Connection
  • David Stoecklin, Executive Director, Madison County Illinois Employment and Training Department


Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Executive Director, FOCUS St. Louis  


East-West Gateway Council of Government's Where We Stand: The Strategic Assessment of the St. Louis Region will provide context to the conversation by showing how St. Louis compares to other regions on measures related to workforce development and human capital.


This event is free to attend, and no registration is required.

Check out Where We Stand online at


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