By Grant Bissell
St. Louis (KSDK) - Have you ever had an idea to make St. Louis a better place to live? A new project called Rally St. Louis wants to make your ideas a reality.
It's a first of its kind approach combining social media and marketing.
"It allows great ideas from anyone in the greater St. Louis region to help better position our region and then pay for those ideas. And it's all done by voting," said Rally St. Louis co-founder Aaron Perlut.
Perlut came up with the idea after writing a blog on Forbes.com last year titled "St. Louis Doesn't Suck."
"It was amazing to see the groundswell of interest in the way our region is perceived outside of St. Louis," said Perlut. "We know we've got a great zoo here. We know we've got a great science center here, everything from the symphony to the Magic House to the City Museum. We have so many great cultural institutions here and highlighting those as a means to get tourists here, to have people consider family life here is a really essential part."
Perlut says Rally St. Louis makes our area better and gets people outside the region buzzing over what the city has to offer. And he says that's where you come in.
Let's say you have an idea to create a community garden in Forest Park or a new place downtown where local artists can display their work. Perlut says Rally St. Louis can make it happen. Creative people go to the website, register and submit their ideas. The top five vote-getters each month will be given a budget and resources to move forward. The ideas are posted back to the website so users can donate money to fund the projects.
"We're going to ask everybody to chip in five bucks, a dollar, ten dollars. If you like and idea throw a few dollars at it," said co-founder Brian Cross.
The project has the support of groups like the Convention and Visitors Commission, the Regional Chamber and Growth Association and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. But it will not take money from any of them. All projects will be paid for by private donations.