Webber to participate in Great Debate exploring regional economic development

Jan. 25 debate, hosted by St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh, to take place at Missouri History Museum

Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration at Washington University in St. Louis, will participate on a panel to discuss strategies for economic development in the St. Louis region in the second installation of St. Louis Great Debates at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Missouri History Museum.



The panel, hosted by St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh, will include Webber; Kathleen Osborn, executive director of the Regional Business Council; and Gilbert Bickel, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley and founder of the St. Louis Arch Angels.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration in advance at stlurbancorps.org is recommended to reserve a seat at the event.

Before the panel discussion, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporters Tim Logan and David Nicklaus will provide an overview of their highly discussed Post-Dispatch series “Can St. Louis Compete?”

The event will wrap up with facilitated discussion groups. In the discussions, attendees have the opportunity to express their views, exchange contact information and, if they have continued interest, build a coalition around the issues they heard debated.

The first debate in the event series took place this past October and examined whether the City of St. Louis should re-enter St. Louis County.

“We are not here to go after the low hanging fruit,” says Evan Weiss, executive director of St. Louis Urban Corps and one of the debates’ organizers. “We want to give St. Louisans the opportunity to take on some of the most important and challenging issues that our community faces.”

For more information, visit stlurbancorps.org.

The St. Louis Great Debates is produced by St. Louis Urban Corps and sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU-FM, Nine Network of Public Media, KETC/Channel 9, Washington University in St. Louis, The Missouri History Museum and The St. Louis Urban Debate League, with support from the Brown School at Washington University and the Association of Black Students at Washington University.