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St. Louis Region

StLouis_SmallMap_RegionalMapsThe St. Louis, Missouri, region, and the 2.2 million people who call it home, are a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, recognized globally as a leader in agtech, financial services, advanced manufacturing, defense, health innovation and distribution.

The St. Louis region boasted the 2nd highest concentration of financial securities brokers in the nation’s 20 largest metros, surpassed only by New York, in 2015, and is home to major financial services firms such as Edward Jones, MasterCard, RGA, Scottrade and Wells Fargo Advisors.

The region is also a major force in advanced manufacturing, being the home of Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

With Missouri’s status as the global agtech leader, the St. Louis region is home to Bayer CropScience, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Danforth Plant Science Center, Bunge and many more innovative companies.

And given the St. Louis regions connection to six Class 1 railroads, positioning on the Mississippi, with highways going in all directions, and an international airport with a regional FTZ, it’s no surprise the region has a tradition of leadership in transportation, distribution and logistics.

And we have to mention its innovation communities, including Cortex, T-REX and BRDG Park. These were a prime reason for the St. Louis region’s selection as the home of the new NGA-West and the second largest office for the tech innovation company Square co-founded by Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey.

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St. Louis (Pop: 308,626)
O’Fallon (87,597)
St. Charles (70,329)
St. Peters (57,178)
Florissant (51,443)
Chesterfield (47,588)
Wildwood (35,501)
University City (34,549)
Ballwin (30,181)
Kirkwood (27,653)
Maryland Heights (26,996)
Hazelwood (25,290)
Webster Groves (22,886)
Ferguson (20,728)
Arnold (21,113)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017

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In Their Words

Our supply chain and manufacturing facilities are also located in the Midwest. Housing our corporate offices in St. Louis will allow Solid Gold Pet to centralize our support for our customers and vendors, which means increased efficiency and productivity.

— Solid Gold Pet / Bob Rubin

We have some untapped, unrealized potential here. If there’s anyplace that’s going to take the lead in the global marketplace, it’s going to be St. Louis. St. Louis is visionary, open-minded.

— World Wide Technology / David Steward

I've lived in a lot of places, and there is a difference here in how people conduct themselves. There is a strong work ethic and friendliness that I haven't found elsewhere.

— Triumph Pharmaceuticals / Dr. Susanne Cohen

For a business like ours that ships coffee to a lot of places, it is important to be centrally located. There are many places we can get to quickly from Missouri.

— Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company / Tricia Zimmer Ferguson

What I like about Missouri is the people. I like the work ethic that comes with the people. I like the honesty you encounter.

— Katalyst Surgical / Gregg Scheller

We would find it difficult to replace the work force, many of whom are very technically skilled people. Missouri is good for Leggett & Platt, because of people, resources, economic incentives, and low tax burden.

— Leggett & Platt / Dave Haffner

For manufacturing, overall costs of labor, utilities, cost of land and buildings and the skilled labor pool, Missouri is one of the best values in the country.

— Leinco Technologies / Patrick Leinert

Central location has been key to Bodine’s success...you can get anywhere from Missouri, pretty much in any direction.

— Bodine Aluminum / Bob Lloyd

Today there are more financial services firms headquartered in St. Louis than in any other city in the U.S. besides New York. That’s okay. Good competitors make you better.

— Edward Jones / Jim Weddle

Missouri as the ‘Heartland’ of American agriculture is the natural U.S. home for NRGene. Our strong partnership with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center brought us to St. Louis, and GlobalSTL convinced us to stay.

— NRGene / Gil Ronen