Maintaining jobs in the City and creating new ones are top priorities. We can do better than we have been doing.
At the same time, I don’t think we’ve lost a major downtown business in the past four years. Companies like Bryan Cave, Ralcorp, and Thompson Coburn have renewed their leases. Companies like Deloitte and Touche, Rodgers & Townsend, and Mercer/Marsh have building-hopped, but have signed new leases downtown.
More importantly, new companies are moving here.
Our biggest successes recently include creative services companies like The National System the region’s largest and fastest-growing advertising agency. NS bought a downtown building and moved its offices from Westport. We also found spaces for technology companies like Quick-Study Radiology and Gateway EDI who were both attracted downtown by the vitality and infrastructure of super-corporate citizen, SBC.
At the end of 2004, the City of St. Louis a 61 square mile dot on the map had 223,000 jobs, 17 percent of the jobs in the region and roughly 8 percent of the jobs in the state. About 90,000 of these jobs were located in downtown.