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Aerotropolis Bill Could Change St. Louis' Economic Future
Aired May 10, 2011
The Aerotropolis bill, now before the Missouri Legislature, is about providing the missing piece of a multi-modal transportation system thatís been sorely missing from our region and State for decades - about bringing new business and industry, and tens of thousands of manufacturing and assembly jobs to the St. Louis region that arenít here today. Itís about development of an industry cluster on a scale we donít currently have - about generating vital new revenue streams for Lambert International Airport to better attract new passenger traffic. Itís all about St. Louisí recapturing global relevance as an international center of commerce and trade.
In July 1994, Dick Fleming was recruited to St. Louis as President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), the bi-state region's chamber of commerce and economic development organization, where he currently serves. He oversees a staff of 50 and an annual operating budget of over $12 million. Locally, he serves on the board or committees of World Agricultural Congress (founding Board member); Chancellorís Council at the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL); Center for Emerging Technologies; CORTEX; Arts & Education Council (vice chairman); Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences (founding member); Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois; St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association; St. Louis Sports Commission; United Way of Greater St. Louis; and Downtown Now! (founding co-chair). He graduated from Loyola College with an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy; from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with an M.B.A; and, concurrently, from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts with a masters degree in city planning. Dick and his wife, Sarah live in the city in the Central West End with their two daughters, Caitlin and Tess.