BOSTON — St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson is wrapping up a trip to Boston; the first stop in a week focused on strategizing city-wide improvements.
Krewson, and 250 other mayors from cities of at least 30,000 were in Massachusetts Monday for the 86th annual U.S. Mayor’s Conference.
Mayors attended various sessions and seminars on topics like economic development, and infrastructure.
Comparative to others in attendance, Krewson believes St. Louis has a good launchpad for driving commerce, and attracting business.
"St. Louis has a lot of assets.” She said from Boston in a satellite interview with 5 On Your Side on Monday. “We have arts and culture that I would put up against any city in the nation. And of course, that is very attractive to businesses. We also have a good workforce, and are continuing to work on workforce development."
The mayor also said there was collaboration between cities plagued by violent crime.
It’s worth noting: the same weekend of the conference, 10 people were injured, and one was killed within St. Louis city limits.
Krewson hopes the collaboration will spark increased federal assistance for such issues.
"Coming together to talk about gun violence, immigration policy, smart cities, and affordable housing.” Krewson said. “…being able to share ideas and meet with folks who are from our government as well, in order to figure out how the federal government can help us with some of these things."
Krewson is expected to return sometime Monday.
The conference precedes a meeting of similar focus with Missouri’s new governor.
Former Governor Eric Greitens resigned in May, after a tenure plagued with controversy and scandals.
Krewson’s first meeting with Parson was the week before the conference.
From Boston, Krewson expressed optimism in the change in leadership.
"I thought it was a very encouraging conversation,” Krewson said in the interview. “Encouraging from the standpoint he wants to work with cities. He understands how important St. Louis, and not just the city, but the region is to the state."
Missouri Governor Mike Parson is visiting nine cities across Missouri this week.
St. Louis is the final stop, on Wednesday.
Mayor Krewson estimated the St. Louis Metro produces roughly 46 percent of Missouri’s overall revenue.