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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Political, business and civic leaders in St. Louis and St. Louis County say they're ready to work together to benefit the region as a whole.

Major Francis Slay and County Executive Charlie Dooley joined several regional leaders this morning at a Clayton hotel on the city-county border.

They unveiled a new strategic plan for economic development in our region, and hope to put an end to in-fighting among metro communities.

"There's too many political lines dividing us when it came to economic development," Slay said. "We've long competed against ourselves in the region instead of competing together against the world."

The leaders mentioned the effort to land a new Boeing airplane assembly plant.

While that bid was unsuccessful, Slay said it helped pave the way for cooperation on future projects.

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