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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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The Q-Shack: A New Roadside Eatery That Cooks Up Barbecue and Burritos
As reported by Gut Check in January , the Q-Shack fills the space previously occupied by BJ's BBQ , a barbecue spot between a Walgreens store and a used-car lot.
See what tech is being built in St. Louis at ProductCamp: St. Louis tech events
STL Tech Talk: 1 p.m. online. STL Tech Talk is a weekly podcast that features a roundup of the latest tech gadgets and news.
Mark your calendar
This week's events hold networking opportunities as well as sessions on project management, using accounting software and social media strategies.
Bernice Prost traveled widely, loved art
"Her eyes lit up when talking about travel," her daughter Celeste Litton said. "She thought traveling was a form of education."
Same Old Infighting: New Senate is Just like the Old Senate
Claiming the majority he had long craved in the mid-term elections, the wily GOP leader promised to turn the polarized, gridlocked Senate back into a chamber in which both sides get a say and pass meaningful legislation. McConnell's vow was not just altruistic.
California mortgage firm enters St. Louis market, raids competitors
Within the last year, mortgage lender New American Funding opened its first St. Louis office, quickly added four more offices, and hired three dozen lenders and other employees from USA Mortgage/DAS Acquisition Co. and Pulaski Bank .
New Senate is just like the old Senate
Claiming the majority he had long craved in the mid-term elections, the wily GOP leader promised to turn the polarized, gridlocked Senate back into a chamber in which both sides get a say and pass meaningful legislation. McConnell's vow was not just altruistic.
What To Expect When Construction Begins on Delmar Loop Roundabout, Trolley
The Solar Impulse 1 rests in its inflatable hangar at Lambert Airport after landing in St. Louis on June 4, 2013. With fewer than two weeks before construction starts on the long-debated Loop Trolley, project organizers released details Wednesday about what drivers and pedestrians can expect.

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