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April 2019 | Driving Equitable Economic Development in St. Louis, MO

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

How can St. Louis intentionally include an equity lens in the city's economic development strategy? Karp Strategies Founder and CEO Rebecca Karp was invited to bring economic development expertise to St. Louis. From February 24-28, the National League of Cities/Rose Center, PolicyLink, and the Urban Land Institute convened technical experts from around the country to put their heads together with St. Louis leaders and provide technical assistance, capacity-building support, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities through their Equitable Economic Development Fellowship.

"St. Louis is making great strides to advance its equity goals, coming off of the recent publication of its Equity Indicators Report - produced entirely by the city. The fellowship brought together an incredible depth and diversity of experiences, including Karp Strategies' equity-driven work with communities across the country," said Rebecca Karp.
"I'm proud that our deep dive during this week could support St. Louis' leadership team with concrete actions to position the city in advancing its equity goals."

A very special thank you to fellowship sponsors National League of Cities/Rose Center, PolicyLink, and the Urban Land Institute. And if your community is looking for innovative and practical ways to integrate equity into economic development strategies, connect with us.

(L) Rebecca Karp (left) of Karp Strategies and Mauricio Garcia (right) of Cities of Service preparing for the final presentation to Mayor Krewson. (R) Future site of the Next NGA West development project. Read more here.


Karp Strategies is thrilled to announce that we’re teaming up with VHB to produce the environmental impact statement and support community engagement for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector on behalf of the City. We're looking forward to engaging with city stakeholders about this major infrastructure project. The proposed 11-mile streetcar line would run along the East River from Gowanus to Astoria — linking neighborhoods like Brooklyn Navy Yard, Williamsburg, and Long Island City — and serve an estimated 50,000 riders a day. Stay tuned for additional BQX updates.

YURI CHANG, GRADUATE ASSOCIATE Yuri develops and advances urban planning initiatives that expand the individual and collective power of people to shape their communities. Learn more about Yuri.

EMMA LANE, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT + OPERATIONS MANAGER Emma delivers dynamic, client focused operational management and bridges the gap between internal staff and external clients and partners. Learn more about Emma.

SAM SALVESEN, GRADUATE ASSOCIATE Sam is a multilingual urban planner working to create redevelopment strategies for communities across the country. Learn more about Sam.

During the next few weeks you can find us at: RPA: The Future of Rikers & the Inner Sound

April 5 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Join us to explore the future of Rikers Island.

The Rooftops Conference

April 5 | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us at the annual symposium for the not-for-profit sector focused on the role of real estate.

Open Space Dialogues: Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees

April 9 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to explore what options exist for ensuring parks in all five boroughs have a sustainable financial future.

Coro Gala 2019

April 18 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join us at the Coro Awards Gala and help celebrate the emerging leaders who benefit from Coro’s leadership training programs.

RPA Assembly: Investing in People and Places

April 19 | 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Join us at the Regional Plan Association's annual Assembly.

Want to continue the conversation? We'd love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to attend events with our network of partners and clients. Feel free to drop us at line at


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