Aurora Business

This March 17, 2016, aerial photo shows progress on the renovations of the Arch grounds continues in St. Louis. After long decline, St. Louis is trying to rebuild it's image with business start-ups and investing in major downtown projects. The city's image has taken a hit in recent years due to factors such as racial protests, the loss of the NFL's Rams and the departure of several Fortune 500 companies. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

“There is so much growth and so many opportunities looking to take flight in St. Louis,” said John Gaskin III, an NAACP national board member who has been active in local reconciliation efforts since the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. “But if we don’t deal with some of the basic problems, I feel like we’ll miss our mark,” Gaskin said.