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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- Reliance targets year end for $1 million Grove branch opening
- After a $1 million building renovation, Reliance Bank plans to open a branch at Tower Grove Avenue and Manchester Road, perhaps by year end.
- Behind the scenes with Jim McKelvey, the face of St. Louis tech
- Behind-the-scenes at the Third Degree Glass Factory, where Jim McKelvey was photographed for a cover story in the St. Louis Business Journal.
- Students Find Sweet Opportunity In North St. Louis
- This is how the conversation usually goes when Dejah Cox tells her friends she has a job.
- 10,000 sunflowers brighten Delmar Boulevard and spur hope for revitalization
- July 30 --A new patch of about 10,000 sunflowers is getting lots of attention on a stretch of a city street that has been vacant and forlorn longer than neighbors care to remember.
- Find out where aliens exist, learn more about civic innovation: 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.
- Chef Chat: Colleen Thompson Shares Her Buzzed and Dewy Morning Routine
- Colleen Thompson says that if she could have one superpower, it would be to translate difficult situations into amusing entertainment.
- Mark your calendar
- Finish out the month with a networking event for business-to-business marketers, a class on starting your own business or tips on giving virtual presentations.
- Missouri Toasted Ravioli: Cheese Sticks Gone Wild
- Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it.