Neighborhoods and local accessibility are arguably the largest assets that St. Louis has to offer. Folks who live around you are also the same folks whom you see at school events, the grocery store and on the street. That tight-knit feeling is why so many people love St. Louis. Yet, our largest strength is, at times, also our largest weakness.Read More
We have all heard that there is too much fragmentation in St. Louis. Duplication, waste and inefficiency abound, and there is no way to bring about change because the kings and kingdoms are firmly entrenched.
With worldwide focus on Ferguson, and municipal courts under scrutiny, a new structure laid out on a blank sheet of paper offers an opportunity for a timely discussion. Now, more than ever, St. Louisans are saying, “Anything is better than what we have.”Read More
Better Together, the group studying our municipal governments, in their Regional Comparisonrevealed that St. Louis is spending much more per capita than Indianapolis and Louisville. Between St. Louis City, St. Louis County, the 90 municipalities in St. Louis County and the 23 fire districts of St. Louis County (No Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Zoo Museum District (ZMD), Great Rivers Greenway (GRG), Bi-State Development (Metro), or school districts) each year we’re spending $590 more per capita than Indianapolis and $815 more than Louisville. So if we spent the same per capita as Indianapolis is we’d be spending $778M less and in the case of Louisville, $1.075B less.Read More
"In 2011, FoodEssentials was going through a tough time. The young company was developing proprietary technology that could change the way consumers, governments, and retailers made decisions about nutrition. The challenges FoodEssentials faced, however, were proving to be real obstacles to success.
Geographically, the company was spread thin. All three co-founders lived in different countries: one was in Japan, another in Australia, and the third lived in England. Without a physical center, the team was finding it difficult to gain traction.
In the search for capital, the co-founders came across Arch Grants. Arch Grants offered startup grants worth $50,000, but took no equity in return. There was a catch, however: FoodEssentials would have to launch from St. Louis."