Three Missouri agencies will receive $1.6 million in federal funds to cleanup and redevelop contaminated properties.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that it has selected public authorities in St. Louis, Springfield and Jefferson City, to receive the funding as part of its $15 million supplemental revolving loan funds (RLF).
After decades and decades of competing against each other for jobs, St. Louis City and County announced on Friday, a decision to partner up to attract new companies.
The proposal, called the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, would merge two agencies—The St. Louis Development Corporation in the city, and the St. Louis County Economic Development Council, under one roof.
Mayor Francis Slay says the move will create a sense of regionalism that has been lacking in economic development.
Some of the EPA funding will go toward the cleanup of underground storage tanks, like this one at 4266 McRee Ave. in St. Louis. This cleanup was undertaken by the Garden District Commission with funding from the EPA and the Brownfields Cleanup Fund.