Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. issued the following statement regarding the passage of Proposition R, the St. Louis regional ballot initiative to fund necessary updates to facilities and programs for St. Louis Community College and its students.

“Our community colleges play a critical role in reducing barriers to promote equitable growth, and we want to thank the citizens who voted yesterday to pass Proposition R and make much needed investments in the St. Louis Community College system.

“As identified in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan, the St. Louis region has critical needs around job training to ensure that we have the workforce we need to compete in the future, especially in high-growth industries like health care, information technology, geospatial, financial services, biotech, and manufacturing. Proposition R will help ensure we provide the tools and resources our community colleges need to help them train our future workforce, and Greater St. Louis, Inc. was proud to be a part of the team that worked for its passage.”