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State of St. Louis breakfast focuses on jobs

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St. Clair County (IL) executive Mark Kern delivers his opening remarks to the State of St. Louis breakfast on January 7, 2011. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The subject of jobs and how to create them was front and center at the sixth annual State of St. Louis breakfast this morning.

The chief executives of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County and St. Clair County Illinois all say they expect a better economy in 2011 than 2010.

They all trumpeted the need to cooperate to ensure that happens.

St. Clair County executive Mark Kern wants to see the focus on one industry in particular.

"And that's got to be transportation and logistics because that's where our strengths lie, this region," Kern said.

The region has tried to position itself as a logical place for a Chinese cargo hub. An announcement on cargo flights from the country could come this month.
 

Rachel is the justice correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.

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