Civic Progress supports public safety initiatives that are designed to strengthen communities and improve outcomes for all St. Louisans.Learn More
Civic Progress partners with organizations to support regional workforce needs through the development, attraction and retention of talent.Learn More
Civic Progress advances initiatives to help improve economic opportunity for St. Louis residents and drive economic prosperity in the region.Learn More
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Since its inception in 1953, Civic Progress, its members, and their companies have been at the forefront of a wide range of civic projects and initiatives designed to improve the region’s economy and quality of life.
In 1955, Civic Progress provided leadership and funding for St. Louis’ largest capital improvements bond issue to date.
In 1958, Civic Progress helped create the organization now known as Downtown St. Louis, Inc. to strengthen the region’s largest concentration of office space.
In 1959, Civic Progress convened to create the Civic Center Redevelopment Corporation, which built and owned the first Busch Stadium.
In 1962, Civic Progress led a campaign establishing the St. Louis Community College District, followed in 1965 with support for the $47 million bond issue that funded construction of the three college campuses.
In 1968, Civic Progress established a Dialogue Committee to provide a forum for Civic Progress members and leaders from the African-American community to discuss ways to improve race relations, increase economic and educational opportunities for all and improve the quality of life in the St. Louis region.
In 1972, Civic Progress supported passage of a $25 million bond issue for building a new convention center downtown.
In 1978, Civic Progress members’ companies provided $500,000 in equity for the construction of Lucas Heights Village west of downtown – the first market-rate housing development in an inner city in the United States.
Throughout the 1980s, Civic Progress and members’ companies provided initial funding for the St. Louis Regional Housing Alliance. They were tasked with developing an overall strategy for the development of affordable housing in St. Louis City and County.
In 1985, Civic Progress provided funding to establish Citizens for Modern Transit, an organization to build public support for construction of the region’s light rail system.
In 1988, Civic Progress and its members’ companies provided the initial investment to establish the St. Louis Equity Fund, which served as a vehicle for corporate investment in the development of affordable housing.
In 1994, the Civic Progress Action Committee supported passage of a one-quarter-cent sales tax increase, which was approved by voters in St. Louis City and County to fund expansion of public transit, including MetroLink.
During the 1990s, Civic Progress worked with others in the business community to build support for construction of the first new runway at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in 50 years. Construction finally began in 2001 and the runway was officially opened in 2006.
In 2000, Civic Progress became a major sponsor of the St. Louis Regional Health Coalition (RHC), a nonprofit organization that was funded by the State of Missouri, the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis County to improve the healthcare safety net for people living in St. Louis City and County.
In 2005, Civic Progress joined civic and business leaders from southwestern Illinois and across the region in successfully highlighting the economic importance of Scott Air Force Base to the St. Louis region.
In 2009, Civic Progress began its multi-year support of CityArchRiver to re-invigorate and better connect the Gateway Arch grounds with downtown St. Louis and the Missouri and Illinois riverfronts.
In 2012, the Civic Progress Action Committee worked with the Missouri General Assembly to pass legislation allowing local votes on levying a regional 3/16th 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 City and St. Louis County voters approving Proposition P (The Safe and Accessible Arch and Public Parks Initiative) in April 2013.
In 2015, Civic Progress and its members committed to support the findings and Calls to Action of the Forward Through Ferguson report of the Ferguson Commission.
Currently, Civic Progress supports continuous improvement in quality of life for St. Louis citizens by advancing causes specifically related to public safety, workforce development, economic development and the region’s image. Find out more here.