Civic leaders from Kansas City and St. Louis are reaching out across the state and beyond Missouri’s borders as part of a new partnership aimed at making the region more competitive in the global economy.
Representatives from Missouri’s two largest cities, along with delegates from Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb., gathered Tuesday to announce the Heartland Civic Collaboration, which seeks to create a “more effective and unified voice for the region.”
Through the partnership, the four cities will take a regional approach to issues including transportation, federal lobbying, life sciences and entrepreneurship. The collaboration also is expected to boost regional economic development efforts, organizers say.
The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program helped develop the collaboration.
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