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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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Construction Progresses as Steel Frame Begins to Emerge for Future...
IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today announced that steel erection is underway as part of the construction of its future St. Louis store opening next fall, 2015. Erection of structural steel atop the existing pre-cast concrete parking structure helps frame the shape of the building and supports the roofing and siding components to be installed later in the process.
Ikea land purchases among most expensive in St. Louis city
An architectural rendering of St. Louis' Ikea at Forest Park and Vandeventer avenues. The store is expected to open in the fall of 2015.
Learn how FitBit tracks your every movement: 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. Start Something: Doing Good While Doing Well : 9-11 a.m. at Central Library, 1301 Olive St. Chris Miller , CEO of the Mission Company L3C and a panel of experts will talk about social entrepreneurship and how to start that type of business.
Mark your calendar
This week's events include several opportunities to hear discussions on health care topics, a seminar on using social media in a crisis and what's next for industrial manufacturing, among others. Oct. 21 Business of Health Care Summit 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Danforth Plant Science Center 975 N. Warson Road St. Louis, Mo.
Ballpark Village drawing business and big dollars away from Washington Avenue
You've heard a lot about the success of Ballpark Village, but there is a flip side to that success as a number of businesses around St. Louis report that revenues are down, specifically on Washington Avenue. Amer Hawatmeh is the general manager at Copia Restaurant and he said Washington Avenue was bustling with excitement, but that was two years ago.
Local St. Louis Family Assumes Ownership of Valpak Territory
Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, announced Keith and Vickie Carpenter and their son, Brian and his wife, Jessica have acquired the Valpak of Greater St. Louis , Mo., territory. As a former Valpak general manager, Keith brings 35 years of advertising sales experience to the business.
The Current State of Joint Employer Law: How Can Both Employers and Unions Prepare f...
Home A Continuing Education & Training A Legal & Business A The Current State of Joint Employer Law: How Can Both Employers and Unions Prepare for the Future? Speaker : Harriet A. Lipkin, DLA Piper; Barry J. Kearney, National Labor Relations Board; Catherine Ruckelshaus, National Employment Law Project Recently, the National Labor Relations Board issued a determination to its regions that a large U.S. employer could be found to be a joint employer along with its franchisees in unfair labor practice claims pending in 40 cases around the country.
10 Best Bakeries and Candy Shops to Score Special Halloween Treats
We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are all about helping guide our readers to the very best eats, and come Halloween-time that includes making sure you and your little ones are armed with great trick-or-treating jokes.

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