Bi-State Leverage

The St. Louis Region / Unified Goals, Unified Region

Today, governments and civic organizations across the St. Louis region are working together, across state lines, to attract businesses and investment dollars. We are working collaboratively on projects large and small, from supporting startups, to building the new $670 million I-70 Mississippi River bridge connecting the Missouri and Illinois portions of the St. Louis region.

Illinois and Missouri have a longstanding partnership, beginning in 1949 with the formation of Bi-State Development Agency (now known as Metro) created by the U.S. Congress. This compact is an essential foundation piece to the regional infrastructure and collaborative business environment.

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, a transportation planning organization, provides a platform for local governments to work across jurisdictional boundaries to solve transportation-related issues. We have found the bi-state nature of our metro to be a distinct advantage when it comes to delivering on major infrastructure and transportation projects.

Economic development organizations throughout the region provide confidential site selection and advisory services. The St. Louis Regional Chamber covers the entire 15-county, bi-state metro; and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois provides pivotal leadership in the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair, two of the region’s most prominent locations for major distribution center, rail, barge, airport and pipeline facilities.