As part of its initiative to strengthen the region’s local business districts and corridors of commerce, Greater St. Louis, Inc. today met with small business owners, community leaders, and elected officials from St. Louis City’s South Grand business district to hear directly from them about how the regional initiative can provide support to their work.

“The STL 2030 Jobs Plan calls for the development of this initiative to strengthen and grow local centers of business across the metro,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “Revitalizing and supporting these key business districts while maintaining the distinct character that makes them so special will help stabilize local communities, revive small businesses, and create new jobs.”

The STL 2030 Jobs Plan noted that areas like South Grand are not just hubs of local business activity, but that in many local communities, they also act as centers of civic life.

After touring businesses along South Grand – including Apotheosis Comics and Urban Matter – Hall joined local leaders for a roundtable discussion at the S. Gran location of Commerce Bank brank to learn what is working along the street and what challenges local businesses face.

“We appreciate the leaders who came out today to share their thoughts with us about how to strengthen their community. It’s great to see how people and businesses along South Grand and across our region support one another and the larger community,” added Hall. “We’d like to take some of what we learned today and use that knowledge to help other communities across the St. Louis metro.”