St. Louis Commercial District Coalition
The St. Louis Commercial District Coalition is a collection of commercial district and corridor representatives that are organized around the belief that our region’s economy and quality of life are inseparable from the outcomes of its neighborhood commercial districts.
Photos by Explore St. Louis
PLEASE NOTE: Additional commercial districts participate in the Coalition, but have not joined as an official member. These include: The Hill, Kingsway Merchants District, Midtown Alley, Riverview-W. Florissant Business District, SLU-Midtown Redevelopment Corporation, & the Tower Grove South Business Association.
Who are we?
The Coalition is open to all representatives of organizations in St. Louis City & County that are dedicated to the commercial and economic development of a place. These organizations include, but are not limited to, special taxing districts, government entities, business associations, and community development nonprofits.
The St. Louis Commercial District Coalition was founded in 2017 and has come together to:
Share Best Practices and highlights from St. Louis and across the nation helps all districts reach their full potential.
Collaborate to explore ways of working together and support all participating districts. This can be done via individual partnerships and speaking as a single voice.
Build Exposure for a diverse collection of neighborhoods on a regional level. Limited capacity and local fragmentation inhibits the ability of neighborhood commercial districts to attract visitors and investment and we believe that local district stakeholders should have control of these narratives.
While the Commercial District Coalition has only been convening regularly since 2017, it has accomplished a few notable successes:
Created a Guide on Special Taxing Districts
Collaborated with Explore St. Louis to improve the process of marketing neighborhood districts
Collectively identified and promoted 9 standards for neighborhood-based marketing
Built connections between districts across St. Louis City & County
Our next Coalition meeting will be on January 28th, 2019, 1-2:30p at Maplewood City Hall, Council Chambers.
For more information on how to get involved, please contact Gary@communitybuildersstl.org.