To lead in the development and growth of long-term diversified business and employment opportunities by creating innovative solutions that generate increased wealth and enhanced quality of life for the citizens, businesses and institutions of the St. Louis region.
In 1984, St. Louis County government consolidated a handful of small agencies to form St. Louis County Economic Council to serve as the county's economic development agency. Part public entity and part private sector, the Economic Council was created to drive growth and prosperity in St. Louis County and the region.
Nearly 30 years later, St. Louis City Francis G. Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley officially established a collaboration between the economic development agencies of the city and county on August 1, 2013. The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership (formerly St. Louis County Economic Council) marks a new era of collaboration within St. Louis by aligning regional efforts in business development, business finance, entrepreneurial support and international trade services.
Today, the Economic Development Partnership provides a broader range of services than most agencies of its kind, boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, attracting and retaining companies, increasing the region's international reach, and revitalizing municipalities, the partnership has become a key facilitator of regional growth for businesses and communities throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
Accredited Economic Development Organization
St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is proud to have earned the distinguished title, Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The accreditation signifies the professional excellence of economic development entities throughout North America.
The Economic Development Partnership is the first economic development agency in the state of Missouri to hold the esteemed accreditation and one of only 36 other economic development organizations worldwide.