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The Strategic Assessment of the St. Louis Region

Where We Stand, 7th Edition

WWS-2015Cover-ThumbThe 7th Edition of Where We Stand (WWS), released in July 2015, presents 222 rankings comparing St. Louis among the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States. Since 1992 East-West Gateway has produced WWS to ignite discussion and help guide decision making. WWS covers a range of topics important to the region including demographics, the economy, and education. This edition includes 90 new measures on topics such as innovation, segregation, and economic opportunity.

Note:  Click here for past editions of “Where We Stand” and the “WWS Updates.”

Where We Stand Updates

Where We Stand Updates are short publications that are periodically released to update St. Louis’ standing based on new data or provide further insight on a specific topic.

7th Edition PDFs and Data

Event Series for the 7th Edition

Event 3 - St. Louis is Aging: Are we ready?
Over the next 30 years, the number of St. Louis residents 65 or older will increase by 77 percent; an increase of 288,000 people. By 2045, one out of every four people in the region will be over the age of 65. On May 4th, panelists discussed the needs of the rapidly growing senior population and how we compare nationally. What policies and resources are needed to address this population shift? What is already being done in the St. Louis region? What are the areas that need to be addressed more fully.

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Event 2 - Economic Growth & Racial Equity: How can St. Louis compete in the global economy?
On January 27th, 2016, panelists explored the complex interaction of workforce development, regional competitiveness, and racial equity in the St. Louis region with a focus on two questions: 1) Does the region have the human capital it needs to compete in the world economy? 2) How can the region ensure that opportunities in the new economy are shared by all? Two recent publications provided context for the discussion: Where We Stand: The Strategic Assessment of the St. Louis Region shows how St. Louis compares to other regions and Ruth Sergenian discussed her recent essay from the latest edition of St. Louis Currents on the St. Louis economy after the Great Recession.

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Event 1 - How do Rankings Tell St. Louis’ Story?
How does the St. Louis region measure up according to the numbers? Does perception match reality? How should we use rankings to tell our story? On October 14th, 2015, leading St. Louis journalists discussed how we talk about St. Louis and rankings from East-West Gateway Council of Government’s Where We Stand 7th Edition: The Strategic Assessment of the St. Louis Region.

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Past editions of WWS and WWS Updates

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