What's New at PPRC?
April 19: Community-Driven Reform in Ferguson
Nicole Hudson, Lead Catalyst of Forward Through Ferguson, will outline the core findings and current strategies employed around the Ferguson Commission Report's call for Racial Equity through its 189 calls to action. Paul Evensen, Executive Director of Social Innovation STL, will discuss how nonprofits can build the muscle required to act on the Commission's recommendations. »Read more
The Governor in Governance: Keeping the Pace
Does local government structure impact the size of the local economy? Does it impact the growth of the local economy? A new paper aims to answer these questions by examining the relationship between local government structure and local economic activity. »Read it (PDF 729KB)
Survey Invitation: Public Campaign Awarness
PPRC is conducting a short survey on your exposure to certain public service messages being distributed in the St. Louis area about heroin misuse. You may click here to take the survey, or read more.
Case Study Comparing St. Louis and Indianapolis
Local Government Structures
For decades there have been two primary, often-competing, perspectives in the literature about how metropolitan areas best should govern themselves, the reform movement and a “new” regional approach. The second publication in the new Local Government Administration series explores these issues through a case comparison. »Download (PDF 491KB)
More Municipalities = Less Municipal $pending?
PPRC launches a new paper series to explore the structure, function and effectiveness of regional government. The first paper in the series, titled More Municipalities = Less Municipal $pending? (PDF 439KB), offers some surprising data as it explores the ever-present question of whether the St. Louis metro area has too many local governments and what the impact is. »More
PPRC Undertakes 5-Year Partnership with German Research Institute
On October 14, PPRC signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with German research Institute ILS (Institut für Landes) to signify a partnership in undertaking urban and regional research that will benefit both Germany and the US. »Learn more
Report Finds that Homelessness is on the Decline in Missouri
PPRC recently completed the 2015 Homelessness Study for the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Findings of the research show that, in general, when examined against national data Missouri has a lower rate of homelessness and a much higher percentage of its homeless population in shelters. You may read and download the full report.
You may also view the report (PDF 10.9MB) we completed in 2013.
New Report Examines Tax Incentive Use in St. Louis City - PPRC Makes Recommendations
The City of St. Louis, like most major US cities, utilizes a variety of tax incentives for economic development, including tax increment financing (TIF), tax abatements and bond financing. PPRC recently contributed to a major study of how these incentives are used in the City. Download the report (PDF 21MB).
MO Civic Health Index
PPRC partnered with five other universities and the National Conference on Citizenship to create this comprehensive report. Using data from the US Census Bureau’s annual Current Population Survey, the report examines the civic health of the state of Missouri, as well as its two largest metropolitan areas, Kansas City and St. Louis. Civic health is measured using four broad categories, each of which contains multiple indicators. »See key findings and download the full report.