Planners drafting a bid to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to the St. Louis area won’t brief a regional board of elected officials at a public meeting on the proposal after all.
But some key members of the panel, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, talked by conference call Tuesday afternoon and endorsed the plan.
Among them was St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. Ehlmann had previously worried that the plan was being crafted by an agency that works for St. Louis and St. Louis County — the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.
“I have asked there be an objective process; I think we’ve achieved that,” Ehlmann said after reviewing rankings of more than 27 sites across the metro area made by the partnership. “Based on what I’ve seen, I think the best proposal is the downtown bistate proposal.”
Also taking part in the call, Ehlmann said, were St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler and an aide to St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
A Wednesday meeting of the full 24-member Gateway board was canceled at the request of the partnership, which didn’t want to divulge certain aspects of the bid at a public meeting.
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