What can leaders learn from St. Charles’ historic downtown?

Business leaders across the St. Louis area have big goals to reshape the region’s economy by 2030, and some of the core changes prescribed by the 2030 jobs plan are already taking shape.

Tucked away in the plan is a less flashy but equally important goal of reviving neighborhood business districts throughout the metro area.

“This region must grow through small businesses and Main Streets, not only our work and efforts around attracting and developing larger businesses,” said Greater St. Louis Inc. CEO Jason Hall.

To that point, Hall’s organization recently hosted a roundtable discussion with local business owners from St. Charles’ historic downtown, which he said is one of the region’s most successful Main Streets. The goal is to apply what’s working there across similar districts that dot the St. Louis region, he said.

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