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Educational efficacy is critical to the long-term prosperity of the region. The Education Initiative of The Regional Business Council is dedicated to two focus areas:

  • K-12 Education, wherein the RBC works to assure the economic future of our region by supporting efforts to provide every child, especially disadvantaged youth, with the opportunity to learn and excel
  • Higher Education Collaboration, is a business partnership between RBC members and 14 of the region’s foremost universities and colleges to generate a more robust and effective workforce in the St. Louis region

Partnering Colleges and Universities

Fontbonne University

Harris-Stowe State University

Lincoln University

Lindenwood University

Maryville University

McKendree University

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Saint Louis University

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Louis Community College

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Washington University

Webster University

Anthony Thompson, Chairman and CEO, Kwame Building Group, Inc. with students from Dunbar Elementary.


"Improving the St. Louis Public Schools is our most important civic challenge."

Jerry Howe

Chief Executive Officer, Big River Telephone Company