St. Louis Regional Chamber News Archives 2007
December 12, 2007
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) and Deloitte & Touche USA will present the 2007 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Awards Gala on Monday evening, December 17th, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Union Station, beginning at 6 p.m. This is the 12th consecutive year that the RCGA and Deloitte have presented this awards program.
November 19, 2007
The St. Louis retail sector is still the darling of the industry. The metropolitan area has experienced an average of 3 million to 5 million square feet of growth, which is impressive for a market of 3 million residents.
October 22, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis regional economy again continued to expand in September, according to employment estimates released on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as non-farm employment rose to 1,377,300. This is an increase of 1.2%, or 16,000 jobs, compared to September 2006 -- the 38th consecutive month of year-over-year job growth in the St. Louis region.
October 3, 2007
The American Planning Association named the Delmar Loop in University City and St. Louis among the 10 Great Streets in America for 2007.
September 28, 2007
Sigma-Aldrich Corp. is taking a $20 million leap onto the cutting edge of biotech drug development. That's how much the St. Louis-based company's custom manufacturing unit, SAFC, recently spent to build a pair of facilities for the extraction and purification of protein-based active pharmaceutical ingredients that are grown in plant and animal cells.
September 26, 2007
The developer of the much-anticipated St. Louis Centre renovation, St. Louis-based Pyramid Cos., has announced plans for a broader, $400 million district that would include a hotel, condos and shopping, and tapped a prominent national company to help find retailers.
September 5, 2007
Businesses looking to expand in Missouri gained access to tens of millions of dollars of tax credits Tuesday as Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law an economic development bill passed in a special legislative session.
August 31, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- The just concluded Special Session of the Missouri Legislature has provided significant wins for economic development and transportation programs in the State and region.
August 25, 2007
Although Pfizer announced plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2007, its $200 million research center continues to rise from its construction site in Chesterfield. This week the company broke ground on a $50 million expansion of current operations there.
August 22, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- In its ongoing St. Louis expansion plan, Pfizer Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company, broke ground today on another major expansion to its Chesterfield facility (this one of $50 million), strengthening the heart of the BioBelt. In a just-completed economic impact analysis, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) Chief Economist Bryan Bezold estimates that this expansion will have an overall regional economic impact of some $92 million. This latest $50 million expansion project comes on the heels of the company’s new $200 million research facility now under construction in Chesterfield. The total of these $250 million investments in the St. Louis region will have an aggregate economic impact of $461 million, Bezold noted.
August 22, 2007
Novus International Inc. said Tuesday that it is investing $20 million in a new 90,000-square-foot office building in the Missouri Research Park in Saint Charles, MO.
August 22, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) joined regional elected officials and automotive leaders in a downtown rally this morning at the Gateway Mall, spotlighting the importance of the St. Louis region's auto industry. Hundreds of autoworkers, business and elected leaders urged federal lawmakers to protect jobs and consumer choice by supporting the bi-partisan federal legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Baron Hill (D-IN) and Lee Terry (R-NE) to raise fuel economy in cars and trucks.
August 11, 2007
Three St. Louis firms were named among the nation's 100 growing fastest growing inner-city companies by national nonprofit group Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Inc. magazine.
July 16, 2007
American Airlines today announced that its AmericanConnection carriers will add a daily round trip flight to seven cities from Lambert St. Louis International Airport effective Sept. 5.
July 15, 2007
Monsanto Co. and BASF AG, authors of agricultural biotechnology, are peering for the first time into one another's crop genetics library - and finding only a few volumes in common.
July 6, 2007
Information technology entrepreneurs and researchers who are long on ideas but short on space will soon have a place to call home. The University of Missouri-St. Louis paid $2.7 million for a building in north St. Louis County that it will transform into a supercomputing center and technology business incubator, which it calls IT Enterprises.
June 27, 2007
ST. LOUIS (June 27, 2007) – The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) has been honored in the past several weeks with three prestigious national awards for the quality and success of its branding and marketing campaign, designed to effectively communicate the unique business and quality-of-life advantages of the St. Louis region. The RCGA was also ranked as one of the Top 10 Economic Development Organizations in North America, in an annual national ranking.
June 20, 2007
Global automotive supplier Visteon Corporation has begun building a manufacturing and assembly facility in Eureka, Mo., to support new business in North America with automakers including Chrysler Group.
June 4, 2007
Washington University in St. Louis is creating a new International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) to encourage and coordinate university-wide and external collaborative research in the areas of renewable energy and sustainability.
May 21, 2007
ST. LOUIS - Legislation strengthening the State’s economy and helping to build our region fared very well in the just-completed session of the Missouri Legislature.
May 8, 2007
St. Louis - May 8, 2007 - Scottrade, a leading online investment firm, announced today that it has completed the design, renovation and migration to a new, state-of-the-art Data Center located in suburban St. Louis. The project included a major redesign of the firm's IT infrastructure.
May 7, 2007
Pfizer Inc. plans to spend $100 million on research and pilot-plant facilities in Chesterfield, a sign of the site's growing importance in the drug giant's global strategy.
May 3, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) has been named one of the “Top 10 economic development organizations in North America”, according to the just-released annual national ranking in Site Selection magazine. The publication’s May issue, on newsstands today, recognizes the RCGA’s business retention, expansion, recruitment and job creation successes in 2006.
April 25, 2007
SAFC said Wednesday that it has completed construction of two major protein active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) projects at its St. Louis manufacturing campus.
April 25, 2007
The St. Louis metro area is among the 10 greenest in the country when it comes to building environmentally friendly commercial buildings.
April 6, 2007
AT&T Inc.'s Yellow Pages will keep its headquarters and 655 jobs in downtown St. Louis, the company and state and local officials said Thursday. The Yellow Pages business also will add 100 positions at a sales center in Olivette.
April 5, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- On the heels of the NCAA Division I Men's Regional Basketball Tournament just two weeks ago, the Frozen Four - the Final Four of hockey - is bringing thousands of college hockey fans to St. Louis from throughout the nation.
March 29, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- With the Cardinals projected to again attract more than 3 million fans this season, the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) estimates that the economic impact of the 2007 Cardinal season on the St. Louis region will be approximately $294 million, according to a just-completed analysis conducted by the RCGA’s Chief Economist Bryan Bezold.
March 28, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) is once again partnering with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in a national business recruitment and media relations effort, in conjunction with the Orchestra's performance at New York's famed Carnegie Hall this Friday evening, March 30th.
March 18, 2007
The St. Louis of the early '90s scarcely resembles the St. Louis of today. With $4 billion of improvements poured into the city and thousands more people projected to move downtown by 2008, those figures have attracted the attention of restaurateurs nationwide.
February 25, 2007
The family that got rich by renting fossil-fuel burning automobiles is donating $25 million for scientific research aimed at reducing this country's dependence on oil and curbing emissions that cause global warming.
February 22, 2007
ST. LOUIS – C.K. “Chip” Casteel has been recruited to the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) as its new Senior Vice President for Public Policy. Casteel brings a distinguished public and private sector career in public policy and governmental affairs to the RCGA, having previously served as legal and legislative counsel to then-Missouri Governor Kit Bond. Subsequently, Casteel had a 17-year-career in senior legislative, regulatory and governmental affairs positions for MCI Communications Corp., both in St. Louis and in Washington, D.C., including heading state public policy and government affairs nationally for MCI.
February 15, 2007
Perception is a critical factor in attracting expanding companies to a new location. For this reason, Expansion Management has polled site location consultants, based upon their experiences during the past two to three years, to list their choices for the nation's best cities for expanding and relocationg companies.
February 7, 2007
After watching a faculty member try to market an innovative device that had emerged out of a research project without success in the late 1990s, Dr. William H. Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University, was convince that something needed to be done to reorient the business climate in his native city. Thus came the Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences.
February 5, 2007
St. Louis is shedding its after-hours ghost town feel with three new entertainment districts planned.
January 31, 2007
Quick Study Radiology Inc. said Tuesday that it has raised $3.3 million in venture capital to ramp up sales and take advantage of growing interest in its digital imaging technology.
January 23, 2007
A new air carrier is coming to Lambert Field — one that could lower the cost of flying to the East Coast.
January 16, 2007
Members of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) Board of Directors, Public Policy Council, RCGA staff and other civic partners are sharing key legislative recommendations and priorities for Missouri in a series of meetings today with Senate and House leaders and Governor Matt Blunt, as part of the daylong RCGA Legislative Day in Jefferson City. In addition to the Governor, the group is meeting with Senate President Pro-Tem Mike Gibbons, Speaker of the House Rod Jetton, and other legislative and regional leaders.
January 8, 2007
DETROIT — Facing increasing competition in the line it debuted in 1983, Chrysler unveiled the fifth generation of its minivans Sunday and announced the company's south plant in Fenton will begin making the new signature product this fall.