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A Better Together study comparing government costs in the Indianapolis and St. Louis regions left out more than half a billion dollars in Indianapolis area public spending, incorrectly making government in the St. Louis area appear to be dramatically more costly, a new independent analysis has discovered.

Released: December 28, 2015

Former and current city leaders in St. Louis County have launched CitiesStrong, a nonprofit alliance that supports a balance of regional collaboration with local decision-making. "CitiesStrong will be a reliable source of information about the roles played by our cities and the importance of willing collaboration in making the St. Louis region stronger," said Bert Gates, former mayor of Shrewsbury and president of the CitiesStrong board of directors. "We are for regional collaboration while preserving local decision-making and pride in our hometowns."

Released: December 21, 2015


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Metropolitan governance has long been the conventional wisdom in planning circles. In a fragmented region like St. Louis, this prompts the obvious question as to whether consolidation could be an answer to some of its challenges. While consolidation undoubtedly has some benefits, it also brings its own set of problems.

Published: January 1, 2016

CitiesStrong contends Better Together — financed in part by the Rex Sinquefield-backed Missouri Council for a Better Economy — represents another cudgel wielded by the millionaire financier to impose his will on state and regional government.

Published: December 30, 2015

CitiesStrong contends Better Together — financed in part by the Rex Sinquefield-backed Missouri Council for a Better Economy — represents another cudgel wielded by the millionaire financier to impose his will on state and regional government.

Published: December 28, 2015

Former and current city leaders in St. Louis County this week launched CitiesStrong, a nonprofit alliance that supports a balance of regional collaboration with local decision-making.

Published: December 23, 2015

A new collaboration of former mayors and elected officials from St. Louis County will look to balance the role of smaller municipal governments in the area with those in the greater St. Louis region. CitiesStrong is a nonprofit designed to examine the role of smaller municipal governments as well as one which fosters collaboration between them to work out various problems.

Published: December 22, 2015