Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., issued the following statement after the passage of critical legislation during the Illinois General Assembly’s 2021 Regular Session:

“Greater St. Louis, Inc. was proud to advocate for and advance inclusive, pro-growth public policy this year in Illinois. These successes are the direct result of an increased and sustained commitment to forming and fostering new relationships and a renewed energy to drive policy change in the entire bi-state metro area, which is the second largest metro in the State of Illinois.

“The wins secured this year advance the STL 2030 Jobs Plan. Greater St. Louis, Inc. helped support a key bill in the Legislative Black Caucus’ four pillar plan that increases Illinois’ contracting goals to 30 percent for minorities, women, and persons with disabilities, which helps advance the Supply STL recommendations in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan.

“We were also proud to work with St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and the entire southwestern Illinois delegation in passing legislation that makes steps toward lowering workforce barriers for military members and their spouses and will help Scott Air Force Base attract new missions to the area. Scott Air Force Base was specifically called out in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan as one of the most important assets for the St. Louis region.

“The work to reestablish the St. Louis business community’s voice in Springfield is ongoing. Southwestern Illinois plays a major role in the success of the St. Louis metro and we look forward to continuing to develop relationships with leaders at the local, state and federal level to champion pro-growth and inclusive public policies that create jobs and expand economic opportunity for all.”