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Background on installation

The St. Louis County Economic Council (SLCEC) is the economic development agency for St. Louis County and serves as the adjustment organization for County installations. SLCEC was selected to organize and lead an initial regional planning effort to develop the St. Louis area Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) response to four discrete BRAC actions within the region. Supported by a Department of Labor (DOL) grant, this early effort brought together representatives from the installations, public service agencies, workforce and economic development specialists, and the affected communities to form the St. Louis Regional BRAC Task Force.

A variety of studies lay the foundation for community transformation

SLCEC targeted the historic Jefferson Barracks installation and the surrounding Lemay community in south St. Louis County for the first commercial corridor study. Planning for this area emerged as a priority in order to ensure that various educational, economic, and recreational projects initiated prior to BRAC could be capitalized upon as a means for offsetting the impact of realignment and closure in the region. These initiatives include an historic museum district, expansion of the Veterans’ Administration (VA) Hospital, and an entertainment and gaming complex. The study, which will be completed in the fall of 2009, reviews opportunities to leverage local investments and community planning for the Lemay/Jefferson Barracks area to maximize collaboration and community input related to the transition and the use of public space and historic military properties. The study tasks also include an examination and evaluation of the infrastructure, community resources and business needs, and opportunities associated with employers, including the military installation, along with a review of other private and public plans associated with Jefferson Barracks and the Lemay community.

Development of the study and recommendations has involved significant public/stakeholder participation, including public meetings, engagement with the Jefferson Barracks Community Council, and one-on-one interviews with significant stakeholders, e.g., the installation command, the VA Hospital, and the National Cemetery, among others.

For more information about the challenges the city of St. Louis faced, click here.

In the News

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