Civic Progress is an organization of CEOs and top executives from the St.Louis region’s largest private sector employers who are working to improve the quality of community and business life for all the residents of the bi-state metropolitan area. Louis is a great place to live and work – and it offers wonderful educational and recreational opportunities.At the same time, we recognize there are a variety of challenges facing our region that deserve our collective attention as business leaders.
Louis region, Civic Progress focuses its resources and energy on issues that our members believe are essential to being a world-class region.
Our current areas of interest focus on: City Arch River 2015, Education, City-County Collaboration, and Strengthening the Region.
In addition, Civic Progress and its members play a role in advancing a range of The Gateway Arch is one of the world’s most recognizable monuments and the iconic symbol of the St. The City Arch River 2015 project is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime initiative to transform the museum and grounds of the Gateway Arch into a new and more engaging experience for visitors and residents.
The redesigned Arch grounds will better connect the Arch to the East and West riverfronts and to downtown St. The goal is to complete a major portion of the project in time for the Arch’s 50 anniversary on October 28, 2015.
Civic Progress is proud to a founding member and leading supporter of City Arch River 2015.
We see City Arch River 2015 as an innovative public-private partnership that will be a catalyst for a dynamic and lasting rebirth of downtown St. Our organization and our members’ companies helped underwrite the project’s startup costs and the international design competition in 2009-2010.
We have played a lead role in securing public and private funding to implement the design vision and have collaborated closely City Arch River 2015, the National Park Service, Great Rivers Greenway, and the region’s political, business and civic leaders to move this initiative forward.
In 2012, the Civic Progress Action Committee worked with the Missouri General Assembly to pass legislation allowing local votes on levying a regional 3/16 of one-cent sales tax to help fund the revamp of the Gateway Arch grounds, as well as bolster funding for the region’s bike trails (through Great Rivers Greenway) and for local and county parks.
The Civic Progress Action Committee supported the campaign that resulted in St. Louis County voters approving Proposition P (The Safe and Accessible Arch and Public Parks Initiative) in April 2013.
Civic Progress members are now leading the private fundraising effort which seeks to raise 5 million through local, regional and national donor outreach.
Civic Progress members and their companies have committed to raise 0 million – nearly half of this private funding goal.