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Celebrating 25 Years as St. Louis's Preeminent Applied Research Resource!


The Public Policy Research Center engages the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the metropolitan community through its work with civic, governmental, non profit, and other agencies, as well as with individuals. We invite you to explore our website to learn about the diverse services, programs, opportunities and expertise offered by the Public Policy Research Center.


What's New at PPRC?

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?, 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



Joe Reagan on the
Will to Change, the Will to Win

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Joe Reagan, President and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, as he presents his vision for the revitalization of St. Louis and the region. Join us as Reagan shares economic development lessons learned from Louisville as we work together to make St. Louis a more inclusive and attractive place to live, work and invest for all people.  »Info and Registration



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 and findings here.

You may also view the report 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. Read more and download the report here.



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MO Civic Health Index

Mo Civic Health Report

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.