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.
Source - Wikipedia: St. Louis, Missouri
 Recent St. Louis business news
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- STL Cops to End World's Oldest Profession by Publicly Shaming Johns with Postcards
- The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department wants to put an end to prostitution once and for all, darn it! And they're going to do it with the help of bright yellow postcards.
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- St. Louis Officials Host China National Baseball Team
- Mayor Francis Slay welcomes the China National Baseball Team to St. Louis. The team met with St. Louis officials and sportsmen Friday morning at Ballpark Village.
- Missouri legislature passes $620 million tax cut
- After much anticipation, work will start next month on the extensive Johnson County Gateway Project, a complete overhaul of the Kansas 10, Interstate 35 and I-435 interchange that will last until the end of 2016.
- Schlafly Celebrates the Repeal of Prohibition with Cadre of Washington State Brews
- Local beer fans converged on the Schlafly Bottleworks last Saturday to enjoy good beer and gorgeous weather at the brewery's annual Repeal of Prohibition Festival.
- Growing Midtown tech sector may soon be getting another boost
- More concrete evidence of an emerging tech sector in Midtown St. Louis was on display Tuesday, as Senator Clair McCaskill met with entrepreneurs and tech workers to see what she could do to help their cause.
- Impact Signs announces expansion
- Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, Inc. owners David and Julie Goodson announce a 3,600-square-foot expansion of the company's facility on South Limit Avenue... Impact Signs Awnings Wraps, Inc. on Tuesday announced a 3,600-square-foot expansion to its facility on South Limit Avenue to make room for new state-of-the-art equipment.
- Downtown St. Louis music festival bill gets approval
- The proposed biannual downtown St. Louis music festival has overcome a major hurdle, as the Board of Aldermen voted Monday to approve Board Bill 328.