As part of its efforts to strengthen the St. Louis region’s advanced manufacturing sector, Greater St. Louis, Inc. joined Jefferson College today for a tour and roundtable discussion about how the metro can grow advanced manufacturing, including through workforce and talent development initiatives like those Jefferson College leads.

“Jefferson College supported our successful effort to win the competitive federal Build Back Better Regional Challenge Grant, and we wanted to come to here to highlight how our region has come together to work as one metro to make St. Louis a national center for advanced manufacturing,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

“From the training taking place here at Jefferson College’s campus to prepare our future workforce to the establishment of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center in St. Louis to develop the products and processes to move this industry forward, it is clear that advanced manufacturing is a critical part of our metro’s strategy to win this decade.”

Hall joined Jefferson College leadership to tour its advanced manufacturing job training facilities at the school’s campus in Hillsboro, Missouri. After the tour the group joined area advanced manufacturing companies and Jefferson County economic development leaders for a roundtable discussion, at which they discussed how to strengthen and grow the sector.

“Advanced manufacturing is critical to our growth at Jefferson College and will be critical to the future of the St. Louis region,” said Dena McCaffrey, President of Jefferson College. “We are focused on preparing the workforce to fill the needs of companies large and small and, in doing so, providing our community with good jobs and opportunities for success.”