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Helping Create a more cooperative, thriving region

At FOCUS, we believe being a strong community leaders means staying informed and engaged in the issues that face our region, issues such race, education, economic development, poverty and the arts. As a neutral convener and facilitator, FOCUS engages citizens to deliberate on critical regional community issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space. A significant number of programs and events, such as Breakfast Connections and Dialogue & Drafts, give members and friends the opportunity to network while exploring regional community issues and concerns.


Community Policy

Building on FOCUS' extensive policy history, FOCUS now explores the issues facing the St. Louis region through discussion guides, policy forums and community partnerships. Community Conversations was launched to engage citizens in current regional issues and build civic capacity. The Community Conversations model includes identifying pressing policy issues and creating discussion guides that frame the issue and facilitate public discourse. These guides are supplemented by policy forums and other events that welcome multiple viewpoints on a variety of topics.


explore Community Conversations

attend upcoming Policy Forums

read Past Policy Reports 


What's Right with the Region!

Since 1998, this inspirational celebration and awards ceremony has showcased uplifting and often unrecognized work being done to better the St. Louis community. Each year, the exceptional efforts of 20 community-nominated individuals, organizations, and initiatives are recognized. An individual is also chosen by the FOCUS board for the prestigious Leadership Award. FOCUS is proud to applaud the outstanding accomplishments achieved by those working so hard for the greater good of this region.


2018 What's Right with the Region! Awards


Connect With St. Louis

Connect With St. Louis is a project of FOCUS St. Louis that aims to attract, develop, and retain St. Louis' young and talented professionals by offering leadership and personal development opportunities, serving as a resource for civic engagement, promoting volunteerism and philanthropy, and providing social and business networking opportunities.  It also aims to promote collaboration and connection between the many young professional groups in St. Louis.  All Connect With events are planned by young professional alumni committees.


Find out more about Connect with St. Louis



Customized Programs

FOCUS St. Louis offers a wide variety of customized programs for businesses and civic organizations. FOCUS professionally delivers products built on a tailored approach in specific areas of expertise, including:

  • Leadership Development
  • Regional Orientation
  • Citizen Engagement and Facilitation
  • Marketplace Assessment
  • Workforce Diversity

Depending on the needs of the client, training can range from a breakfast or lunch workshop to a one-year program.


Contact FOCUS about our customized citizen engagement services


Collaborative Initiatives

FOCUS works across sectors, jurisdictions, interests, and issues in order to achieve sustainable solutions.


OneSTL - The region's plan for sustainable development


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