Community Benefits Program
The St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation has adopted a community benefits agreement to promote women and minority participation in construction projects located within its redevelopment area as part of its collaborative effort to promote the advancement of nearly 400 acres in Midtown St. Louis.
In the City of St. Louis, projects that receive tax incentives must meet contractual and workforce participation goals for women- and minority-owned businesses. The St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation community benefits agreement ensures that all projects within the redevelopment boundaries are meeting these guidelines.
The St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation has contracted with the city’s economic development arm – the St. Louis Development Corporation – to track all projects within the redevelopment area to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the community benefits agreement.
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs
As part of the agreement, SLU and SSM also provide financial support to pre-apprenticeship training programs, which have been shown to play a significant role in developing a skilled and diverse construction workforce by helping train low-income and disadvantaged adults for careers in the field.
Numerous local organizations have signed on to support the new agreement, including the NAACP, the Universal African Peoples Organization, Metropolitan Congregations United; Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis; the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; the National Society of Black Engineers; MOKAN; and the African-American Business and Construction Workers Association, among others.