St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis encompasses an independent city in the U.S. state of Missouri (the "City of St. Louis") and its metropolitan area (Greater St. Louis). This area includes counties in the states of Missouri and Illinois; it is the 18th largest in the United States with a population of 2,698,672 as of the 2000 census. According to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), the 2004 population is approximately 2,764,054.
The city, which is named after Louis IX of France, is adjacent to, but not part of, St. Louis County, Missouri and has a population of 352,572. It is the second largest city in Missouri after Kansas City, but it has the state's largest metropolitan area population. In relation to the Midwest region, the City of St. Louis is the 10th largest city in population (between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wichita, Kansas).
 The local economy
St. Louis punches above its weight as a center for corporate headquarters. Beer commercials have made the city well known as the home of Anheuser-Busch Breweries. Two local brokerages, A.G. Edwards and Edward Jones, as well as online brokerage Scottrade, have grown into dominant players on America's financial landscape. It is also the site for the headquarters of Energizer, the battery company. Neighboring suburbs host Monsanto, formerly a chemical company and now a leader in genetically modified crops, and Solutia, the former Monsanto chemical division that was spun off as a separate company in 1997. Express Scripts, a pharmaceutrical benefits management firm, has its corporate headquarters in the suburbs of St. Louis and recently announcd plans to construct its new headquarters near the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Hardee's corporate headquarters lies in the metro area. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is headquartered in Clayton. Emerson Electric is headquartered in the north side of St. Louis. Charter Communications, the nation's fourth largest broadband communications company, is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Town and Country.
In recent years, however, several longtime corporate pillars have left St. Louis. St. Louis was the corporate headquarters of McDonnell-Douglas prior to its 1997 merger with Boeing. Upon the merger, the area became the headquarters for Boeing's $27 billion-per-year Integrated Defense Systems division and its company-wide Phantom Works R&D operation. Locally, Boeing manufactures the F/A-18 Super Hornet and JDAM smart bombs, and has developed — at times secretly — several unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs). However, when Boeing relocated its corporate headquarters from Seattle, Washington in 2001, it moved to Chicago, Illinois — St. Louis was not one of the final candidates.
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 Recent St. Louis business news
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- Concrete Coring, firm that helped save Kiel Opera, files bankruptcy
- The firm that separated Kiel Auditorium from the Kiel Opera House , making way for what is now the Scottrade Center , has filed bankruptcy. Concrete Coring Company of St. Louis Inc., at 5425 Manchester Ave., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
- Business: Eight ribbon cuttings in St. Charles County
- First State Bank of St. Charles recently appointed Luanne Cundiff as bank president. Cundiff has served the bank for 19 years, most recently as executive vice president.
- St. Louis grand jury has four months to decide to charge Ferguson officer Darren Wilson
- Law enforcement officers watch on during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014 The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday. The prosecutor's office still hopes to conclude its presentation of evidence to the grand jury in October but now has until Jan. 7 to do, said Edward Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
- AOL co-founder to hear pitches from St. Louis startups: St. Louis tech calendar
- Here is a list of events happening this week aimed at educating and informing local small-business owners, entrepreneurs and those interested in the St. Louis startup scene. Lean Canvas : 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Asynchrony, 900 Spruce St. #700.
- SBA Grants Gov. Nixon's Request for Disaster Assistance for Businesses Owners in Ferguson
- SBA Grants Gov. Nixon's Request for Disaster Assistance ST. LOUIS, MO, , September 7, 2014 - In response to a request from Gov. Jay Nixon, the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced it will make low-interest disaster loans available to business owners and non-profit organizations in north St. Louis County that suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the events in Ferguson.
- Six Things to Know About Bringing High-Speed Fiber to St. Louis
- Four years ago, Google announced that it would test an ultra high-speed fiber network in one United States city before exploring how to deploy similar networks across the country.
- Neighbors Still Trying to Stop the Loop Trolley With Legal Roadblocks
- As utility crews prepare Delmar Boulevard for the construction of the $43 million Loop Trolley line, three neighbors and a Delmar Loop business owner are pushing for a federal lawsuit to stop it altogether.
- After the riots, Ferguson businesses long for normal: 'People...
- When Ferguson business owner Chantelle Nickson-Clark spoke at a St. Louis County council meeting this week, her voice shook with anger. The Swiish Bar and Grill she owns in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was forced to shut for 17 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9 sparked violent clashes between police and protesters and led law enforcement to close the area in front of her building.