Charles Schmitz, dean emeritus of the College of Education at UMSL and co-founder of St. Louis is a World Class City, will discuss the benefits of combining St. Louis city and county Sept. 1 at UMSL.

The benefits of merging St. Louis and St. Louis County have been the topics of heated conversations and elections for more than 130 years, since officials decided to separate the two back in 1876. However in recent years, talk of a merger has become more than just conversation.

Charles Schmitz, dean emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will discuss “St. Louis is a World Class City” at 8 a.m. Sept. 1 in the Student Government Chamber at the Millennium Student Center.

Schmitz co-founded the organization, St. Louis is a World Class City. The nonprofit, grassroots effort hopes to merge the city and county together for the benefit of the area, to lay the foundation for St. Louis County to extend its boundaries to include St. Louis city, to reclassify area ranking and ratings and to  promote the region.

The discussion is part of the monthly Breakfast & Business Series sponsored by UMSL’s College of Business Administration and Express Scripts.

Breakfast and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Millennium Student Center is on UMSL’s North Campus, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). Reservations are required. Call 314-516-5883 to reserve a spot.

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