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Indiana Civic Leaders Cite Lasting Unrest Impact In St. Louis

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Indiana civic leaders say fallout from continued violence in Ferguson, Missouri will have lasting, negative economic impact on St. Louis.

Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger says the unrest there is an outgrowth of St. Louis' long history of deep-seeded economic and class division.  Ketzenberger says even if the situation in Ferguson were resolved today, it would take at least a decade for St. Louis County to recover.  He says St. Louis' divided society and fractured local governments should be a lesson to cities across the nation.  Ketzenberger says leaders must examine ways to create economies that benefit most people as opposed to a mere few.  

Meantime, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director Cameron Carter says the economic, cultural and social structures that have led to events in Ferguson must be addressed in order for the region to move forward.  He also says recovery will be a long haul.  Carter says he doesn't think events there will necessarily hurt tourist attractions like the St. Louis Cardinals.  However, he adds that if residents themselves in St. Louis County are currently living in fear, he's not sure what the attraction would be for tourists right now.

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