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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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Tim Hortons to open shop in Cortex district
Tim Hortons , the restaurant known for its coffee and donuts, confirmed late Monday that it plans to open its second full-service St. Louis-area location this fall. Show Me Hospitality, the Canadian restaurant chain's franchisee for the area, opened the region's first full-service Tim Hortons location in Maplewood in June.
The Business Bank of St. Louis Welcomes Two Members To The Associate Board
The Business Bank of St. Louis recently added A.J. Eads and Aron Clay to its Associate Board of Directors. Eads is the owner of Eads Consulting, a marketing firm specializing in strategy and digital executions.
Minimum Wage Increase Has St. Louis Restaurateurs Worried Read More
Kakao's Brian Pelletier has been proudly paying his employees well above minimum wage since he opened his business seven years ago.
All the startup networking events you can handle: St. Louis tech calendar
LaunchCoderGirl : 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Innovation Center , 4240 Duncan Ave. This weekly meetup group helps women learn how to code. Startup Wednesdays at OPO Startups : 6:30 p.m. at OPO Startups, 119 S. Main St., St. Charles.
Small business owners say minimum wage hike could hurt neighborhood
Small business owners say minimum wage hike could hurt neighborhood Many small business owners in this area say the latest increase in minimum wage will discourage revitalization. Check out this story on KSDK.com: Employers are still not sure how they are going to be able to pay their employees up to 30 percent more.
Show-Me The Mayor Sly Fair Wage Statement
Once again the Mayor of Kansas City is tackling legislative issues wherein he had no direct control or vote. Sadly, his advocacy has put City Hall into an expensive crisis that has led to competing resolutions and expensive special election.
St. Louis aldermen could cast final vote on minimum wage bill Friday afternoon
St. Louis aldermen on Friday afternoon could give final approval to a bill that would implement a minimum wage in the city. The board's special meeting starts at 3 p.m., and Board Bill 83 's third reading and potential final passage is the 18th agenda item.
indiGO Auto Group Acquires Plaza Porsche from Asbury Automotive Group ...
Todd Blue, CEO and Chairman of indiGO Auto Group, acquires Plaza Porsche to consolidate St. Louis market for Porsche. This is the second St. Louis Porsche franchise Mr. Blue's company has acquired in less than four months, and the fourth Porsche franchise acquisition for the five year old company.

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