Mayors from St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia are learning about how green issues and economic challenges are affecting other cities.
Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis says mayors at the conference come from a diversity of backgrounds and political views, but this is a bipartisan gathering where two heads are better than one. Political differences are put aside for the greater good.
St. Louis was awarded a $550,000 to further a program between the city’s workforce development agency, St. Patrick’s center for the homeless and Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. The program seeks to re-employ homeless and jobless in bio-fuel technology jobs.
Wal-Mart awarded similar grants to Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Providence.
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