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Gateway Airport Communities Coalition

Last Updated: 33 days ago
We were holding bimonthly meetings as we prepared to engage with local decision makers, and to apply for a grant as a coalition under the US DOT Reconnecting Communities program. We have had individual and coordinated meeting with these stakeholders, including the County government, State Highway Department, airport and metro planners. So these numbers are hard to ascertain and are very fluid.
Spring 2023
Presently this is an information coalition, although there is discussion of making it more formal. However, the "members" are small incorporated cities located in St. Louis County, MO. Each is governed by a Board of Alderman or City Council. All funds dedicated to this work are currently time of the city staff and Mayors/Alderman who participate. Each City has committed to provide match funds (through their city budgets) if we are awarded the planning grant.
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  • Community Growing
  • Community hub or activities
  • Festivals, fairs or events
  • Art / creativity
  • Community visioning / imagination work
  • Building local networks
  • Local economy or new economy projects
  • Energy
  • Transport

The Gateway Airport Communities project is focused on engaging the voices and visions of municipalities and stakeholders, in proximity with St. Louis’ Lambert International Airport and along the I-70 corridor in St. Louis County, in planning for transportation connectivity that will improve access, linkages and connectivity to essential infrastructure, jobs and opportunity. The partnering cities will join a coalition of Gateway Airport Communities, that have experienced significant disinvestment and decline because of past airport and highway developments, including five local municipalities (pop range from 100 – 25,000).  We are broadening the coalition to include local businesses and community groups.  The project is defined by key, non-highway transportation corridors radiating from the Airport that have the potential to contribute to transformative economic and community betterment.  The goal is to remove barriers that impede community wellbeing, and enhance mobility, access and economic development.  At a time when the regional airport and highway agencies are preparing transformative plans, these communities seek to participate in ways that can reopen access to these economic connectors, and improve multimodal and community corridors so that residents and businesses benefit from the transformative change envisioned.  By convening this Gateway Community Coalition, this project intends to forge new connections within communities and to thereby enhance community unity, building a better future by bridging divides that separate us. The health, well-being and future prosperity of each community is inseparable from the welfare of neighboring communities and the Gateway St. Louis Region – the foundation of our history, culture and economy.

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