In 2014, the St. Louis communities of Ferguson and Dellwood experienced a period of civil unrest, revealing decades of racial and socioeconomic issues, placing the area into the national spotlight and serving as the catalyst for a nationwide discussion on race, police and community relations.
Under the leadership of St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, the St. Louis community has come together to address the underlying social issues that were the root cause of the events in August and November of 2014. Working with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the business community, the county’s ongoing response has moved the community in a positive direction.
The events in Ferguson and Dellwood impacted over 200 businesses, most of which have remained committed to staying in the area. In fact, one year later, there has been more than $480 million invested and over 1,000 new jobs created.