In front of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, Washington Area Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wessels talked up the importance of the passenger rail’s impact on Washington tourism.
“The St. Louis Business Journal publishes a list of chambers from around the entire St. Louis Metro area which is seven Missouri counties, the city of St. Louis and eight Illinois counties, and for many years we have been ranked number two on that list,” he told commissioners. “The reason we are so high is because of the number of activities we are involved in. There are a lot of activities going on in Washington all the time. One of those that we have taken the lead in over the last dozen years is tourism.”
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