City leaders look to the future after losing the Rams to Los Angeles

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The decision to relocate the Rams is not sitting well with city leaders, who are throwing harsh words at Stan Kroenke and the NFL.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was quick to reiterate his disdain for how the relocation process was handled, accusing the NFL of "ignoring the facts and the fans."

While the pill is a bitter one to swallow, Slay said he is confident the region can move forward.

"We will do well without an NFL team in St. Louis," he said at a press conference Wednesday morning.

Slay said a greater emphasis needs to go toward the hospitality industry.

"By supporting the convention center, by using the Dome for more citywide conventions, and looking at investments long term to do even more to attract visitors," he said.

Downtown STL Inc. President Missy Kelley agreed, saying NCAA tournaments bring big business to the town.

"NCAA are great because the athletes bring their families. And their friends. And it's kind of an exponential number of people. And we do a great job with those," she said. "And we have the opportunity to have more of those."

While the stadium proposal is dead, efforts to redevelop the land for the site are not.

"It's certainly a real opportunity, particularly with the Archgrounds and the renovation. All the people coming down. Laclede's Landing. We need to a better job of connecting these better assets together," he said.

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