Greater St. Louis, Inc. today visited Wright City, Missouri, to hear directly from local leaders about how catalytic investments, like the $800 million investment made by American Foods Group in Warren County, are driving broad economic growth and having larger impact on the surrounding community.

“AFG has made not only a significant investment to Warren County, but also a major commitment to its people,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “What we see here today is a perfect example of the power of catalytic investments like AFG has made, investments that create jobs and bring new development to a community, and also bring positive impacts to the larger community through new investment in schools, small businesses, and infrastructure.”

In 2022, AFG broke ground on a new processing facility that will employ over 1,300 people. AFG also contributed $2 to the Wright City R-II School District School District to help with construction of a new football stadium at the district’s high school. Additionally, Warren County will be one of the first locations for expansion of Interstate 70, a major infrastructure project that will help address challenges stemming from the county’s continued growth and new investment.

Greater St. Louis, Inc., the 15-county St. Louis region’s leading economic development organization, supported the team that helped AFG select Warren County for its new facility. Greater St. Louis, Inc. is responsible for implementation of the STL 2030 Jobs Plan, the St. Louis region’s first plan to create jobs and drive economic growth in over a decade.

As part of its work to implement the Jobs Plan, Greater St. Louis, Inc. is meeting with business owners, elected officials, and community and economic development leaders in each of the St. Louis region’s 15 counties to hear directly from them about what policies and initiatives are working and where they may need support to help strengthen their local economies.

“We appreciate the leaders who came out today to share their thoughts with us about how to strengthen their community and our metro. It’s great to see how people and businesses in Warren County 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.”