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St. Louis, Missouri

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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).


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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.

Source - Wikipedia: St. Louis, Missouri

[edit] Recent St. Louis business news

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In Ferguson, protesters and police forced to learn as they go amid continued standoff
The pepper spray and rubber bullets have disappeared from the nightly protests on the streets of Ferguson . Also missing Monday evening were 13 air mattresses, 10 tents, five coolers, four yellow hoodies and a textbook on constitutional law.
REDICO Focuses on the Midwest
REDICO , a national real estate company, just acquired six buildings that form part of the giant CityPlace campus in suburban Creve Coeur, about 17 miles outside of downtown St. Louis. The acquisition includes nearly 900,000-square-feet of class A office and retail.
The 2014 International Workshop on Alport Syndrome
Correspondence: Jeffrey H. Miner, Renal Division, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 S Euclid Avenue, St Louis, Missouri 63110, USA. E-mail: minerj@wustl.edu ; Susie Gear, Alport UK, Tetbury, GL8 0AW, UK.
Uber is Coming to St. Louis, Could Start Premium Sedan Service Next Week
After months of negotiations, the ride-sharing app Uber could finally be on its way to launching in St. Louis.
Venture Cafe hosts first event in @4240: St. Louis tech events
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. KMOX Innovation Tuesdays: 10:45 a.m. on KMOX.
High-Speed Fiber Internet Is Coming to the Loop
Gigabit Internet is coming to the Loop, thanks in part to the $43 million Loop Trolley line. The 1000-megabit Internet connection should be available in the next 18 months.
Crews Creating 40 New Miles of Street Routes for Bikes in St. Louis
Saint Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay joined Todd Waelterman, director of St. Louis Street Department, Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway and Cindy Mense, interim executive director of Trailnet, at Tower Grove Park for the announcement of Bike St. Louis Phase III construction. Crews Creating 40 New Miles of Street Routes for Bikes ST.
Suspects Sought After Ferguson, St. Louis Cops Shot
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers stand posted at the corner of Chambers Road and West Florissant Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., as police search for a suspect in the shooting of a Ferguson police officer.

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