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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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Emotional NYC officer testifies on fatal stairwell shooting
" A police officer testified emotionally in his own defense Monday about the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in a dark Brooklyn housing project stairwell in 2014. Peter Liang got choked up and left the witness stand for about a minute to compose himself before resuming testimony at his manslaughter trial.
Emotional NYC officer testifies on fatal stairwell shooting
" A police officer testified emotionally in his own defense Monday about the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in a dark Brooklyn housing project stairwell in 2014. Peter Liang got choked up and left the witness stand for about a minute to compose himself before resuming testimony at his manslaughter trial.
St. Louis wants to expand convention center after losing NFL, because ...
Coming off the loss of the Rams , St. Louis' leaders have come up with a can't fail strategy for boosting the city and its fortunes: Spend hundreds of millions to improve the convention center and domed stadium complex abandoned by the Rams to better compete in the national convention market. Kitty Ratcliffe, head of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, owner of the center and dome, recently proclaimed, "Our competitors are building, while we've been doing nothing."
FEMA opens disaster recovery center in Jefferson Barracks
The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened two more temporary disaster recovery centers in the region Thursday, including a south county location at Jefferson Barracks. A FEMA office is now open in St. Louis County at the Jefferson Barracks Visitor Center, 345 North Road, 63125.
Delmar Loop Businesses Raise Money for University City School District
Delmar Loop Businesses Raise Money for University City School District ST. LOUIS, MO, , December 4, 2015 - The Loop Special Business District and University City community are working together to provide 100 scholarships to University City High School students to receive tutoring from The Princeton Review in preparation for the ACT exams in Spring 2016.
Big Changes for Gravois May Not Be Big Enough, Trailnet Says
The plan to renovate Gravois Avenue calls for new pavement, safer intersections, a restriped road, and a lane decrease - and it's that last part that's brought some controversy.
Tommy Andrew Loves Liver a " But Won't Touch Truffle Oil
"I've known people for quite a few years who didn't realize it wasn't my real last name," says Tommy Andrew of Randolfi's about his nickname.
With Rams gone, St. Louis fights to keep federal spy agency
The departure of the Rams to Southern California killed a plan to build a $1 billion riverfront stadium to keep the team in St. Louis, making city officials more anxious than ever to keep the federal government from moving a spy agency's regional headquarters to nearby southern Illinois. City leaders envisioned a new Rams stadium along the Mississippi River and the proposed $1.6 billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency complex as economic engines for St. Louis' impoverished north side.

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