• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 23, 2015
    KPMG Expands Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Operations Center
    (Area Development, 10/21/15)
    KPMG, a national audit, tax advisory firm, will expand its office in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The company plans to create 175 new information technology jobs in the next three years. “Our firm recognized the strengths that St. Louis offers in terms of a strong talent pool, and city and state officials welcomed us with open arms. From all aspects, St. Louis made the most sense for our firm,” said Karen Vangyia, KPMG’s St. Louis managing partner. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Front row from left: KPMG St. Louis Managing Partner Karen Vangyia; Downtown STL,
    Inc. President & CEO Missy Kelley; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; KPMG Chief Information
    Officer Harry Moseley. Back row from left: St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO
    Joe Reagan; St. Louis Development Corp. Executive Director Otis Williams; Regional
    Business Council Executive Director Kathy Osborn; Missouri Department of Economic
    Development Director Mike Downing; St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment
    Executive Director Michael Holmes; and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
    President Rodney Crim. These organizations / individuals formed the economic development
    team on the KPMG deal. (St. Louis Regional Chamber photo)

    KPMG taps St. Louis as tech hub, adding 175 jobs downtown
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/20/15)
    After a nationwide search, KPMG picked downtown St. Louis to become one of the accounting firm’s largest U.S. tech hubs, with plans to add 175 jobs over the next three years. KPMG executives said the firm will begin hiring next month to grow its information technology staff at 10 South Broadway, set to become one of the company’s largest IT hubs along with offices in Texas and California. Its U.S. and global tech operations are based in Montvale, N.J.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG to add 175 tech jobs in downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/20/15)
    KPMG said Tuesday it would add 175 new information technology jobs to its downtown St. Louis office, at 10 S. Broadway. The new hires, made over the next three years, will give KPMG’s St. Louis office one of the largest IT headcounts in the organization; its global IT team is based in New Jersey.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG announces 175 jobs coming to ST. LOUIS
    (KSDK-TV, 10/20/15)
    City officials have announced 175 new tech jobs are coming to St. Louis. The jobs will be with KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory company located downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG to add 175 new IT jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/20/15)
    International accounting firm KPMG looked at cities all over the United States and landed on St. Louis for its information tech expansion. The company already has an office in downtown St. Louis with 270 employees. Over the next three years, it plans to add 175 IT positions, the company announced at a press conference today. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    KPMG's office in downtown St. Louis has 270 employees and will soon add 175 new IT positions.

    Startup growth flat across U.S. — but not in Missouri
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/21/15)
    New analysis from the Kauffman Foundation shows that startup growth in the United States has stalled. But that’s not the case for the Show-Me State. According to the analysis, which used recently released Census data, only 11 states reported growth in new businesses between 2013 and 2012, and Missouri came in on top of that list with a 16.7 percent growth rate. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    10 startups that will pitch at Startup Connection
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/22/15)
    Officials with Startup Connection, the annual St. Louis event that highlights the progress made in the innovation community, have announced which startup companies will present this year at the event’s Venture Showcase. Among the presenting startups are well-known local companies such as Better Weekdays, the job placement platform that recently raised $1.3 million from investors; Cast, a social engagement tool used by the National Hockey League and many of its teams; CTY, which uses analytics to measure pedestrian and vehicle traffic in downtown St. Louis; and Selequity, the real estate investment platform co-founded by Mark Burkhart, former CEO of Cassidy Turley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TechCrunch to host startup ‘pitch-off’ in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/19/15)
    TechCrunch, an industry leader in technology and startup news, will host a pitch-off competition in St. Louis in November. >> CLICK FOR MORE     

    Attendees browse various startup companies in Startup Alley during the TechCrunch Disrupt
    San Francisco 2015 conference in San Francisco in September.

    Cortex extends partnership with Washington University, SLU
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/21/15)
    Two St. Louis area universities are stepping up to help startup companies in the Cortex innovation district. Cortex has extended a partnership with Saint Louis University and Washington University so that startup companies in the CIC@CET facility (formerly the Center for Emerging Technologies) can use those universities’ facilities for R&D purposes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Domain Tech Report on Nine Network/PBS: Arch Grants, Chris Weathers, Lockerdome
    (Techli, 10/21/15)
    The Domain Tech Report airs every Wednesday night on The Nine Network/PBS in St. Louis, Missouri. The show covers startups and innovation in the greater St. Louis Metro region. In this episode, I interview Ginger Imster of Arch Grants, stop in at the Lockerdome offices and talk to media journalists Michael Calhoun, Kelly Hamilton and Brian Feldt. Also, Chris Weathers of Rapportbook tells why he became an Entrepreneur. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioSTL gets grant to help small businesses
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/16/15)
    It was one of just three Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative grants the SBA is giving out nationally and is meant to spur small business growth. It was one of just three Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative grants the SBA is giving out nationally and is meant to spur small business growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise Financial's 3Q profit rose 18 percent
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/22/15)
    Strong loan growth and a decline in noninterest expenses led to an 18 percent third quarter profit increase at Enterprise Financial. The Clayton-based parent of Enterprise Bank & Trust had a $9.7 million profit, or 48 cents, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, up from $8.2 million, or 41 cents, a year earlier. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing Opens St. Louis, Missouri, Research and Technology Center
    (Area Development, 10/20/15)
    Boeing opened its new research and technology center in St. Louis, Missouri. The facility will serve as the company's regional hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in systems technology.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fifty Years Later, Famed St. Louis Arch Gets Facelift
    (The Wall Street Journal, 10/18/15)
    Fifty years ago this month, engineers faced a challenge as they tried to put the crucial keystone section into the soaring Gateway Arch in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto pledges support for White House push on climate change
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/15)
    St. Louis-based Monsanto is joining 80 other U.S. companies in pledging to back a White House campaign to build support for climate talks this December in Paris, France, where the Obama administration says it hopes to see a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis named top 10 destination for winter holiday travel
    (KMOV, 10/22/15)
    St. Louis is one of the best winter vacation spots for cold-weather lovers in 2015, according to a newly released report. Personal finance website WalletHub examined 69 of the largest cities in the country to find the best warm and cold-weather destinations for winter holiday travel.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Moving ‘Ferguson Forward’: Emerson to receive 2015 Corporate Diversity award
    (St. Louis American, 10/22/15)
    A year ago following the unrest, Emerson embarked on a program called “Ferguson Forward” to provide support for community enrichment and development in Ferguson and north St. Louis County. Today, Emerson’s commitment has grown to $8.5 million and 30 programs among four pillars of focus: early childhood education, youth jobs, scholarships for college, technical and trade careers, and business support and training.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Youth Initiative Space gets make-over thanks to HOK
    (FOX 2, 10/17/15)
    An organization that gives youth a voice in shaping the future of Ferguson is getting a new space. It comes thanks to a business that has shaped the skyline, in St. Louis, and around the world. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Two Young Entrepreneurs from Ferguson Shine at NFTE's National Challenge
    (Huffington Post, 10/20/15)
    With fiery images of rioting and protests in Ferguson, Missouri, flooding the news this year, it can be easy to forget that our urban youth want not only an end to racism and unwarranted police harassment and violence, but also something young people crave everywhere: the opportunity to succeed and show their stuff! >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Oct 20, 2015

    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 20 - KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, joined city and state officials today to announce that it plans to add 175 information technology jobs in St. Louis in the next three years. 

    The new technology professionals will join the 270 audit, tax and consulting employees in KPMG’s St. Louis office at 10 South Broadway.  The new positions, which will range from entry level to management, will be part of KPMG’s national technology organization.

    “I’m thrilled to announce our expanded presence in St. Louis,” said Karen Vangyia, KPMG’s St. Louis managing partner. “Our firm recognized the strengths that St. Louis offers in terms of a strong talent pool, and city and state officials welcomed us with open arms.  From all aspects, St. Louis made the most sense for our firm.”

    "Missouri's fiscal discipline, skilled workforce, and strong corporate community make it the ideal location for those working in the financial and technology sectors to grow," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "And home to one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the nation, KPMG will have access to a growing talent pool that possess the IT skills and knowledge the company needs to compete."

    St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay said, “I am very excited to welcome new employees to KPMG's growing workforce in Downtown St. Louis.  KPMG has been an important part of our local business community for over a century, and its decision to add tech jobs here reinforces our reputation as a technology hub.”

    KPMG expects to begin hiring immediately for the positions which will encompass a broad range of technology skills. The firm’s recruiting efforts will include local college graduates, veterans and experienced professionals. KPMG will offer training to ensure new employees have the requisite skills to perform at a high level and grow professionally.

    “Our technology organization provides innovative solutions that are critical to our firm’s ability to deliver high-quality services to our clients and our professionals,” said Harry Moseley, KPMG’s chief information officer. “St. Louis is an ideal location to expand our technology team and provides the geographic benefit of being in the central U.S. so that these new hires can support our professionals across multiple time zones.”

    In addition to the strong support from state and city officials, Vangyia also praised the efforts of local business development organizations, including the St. Louis Regional Chamber and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

    “KPMG has repeatedly demonstrated its unwavering commitment to St. Louis for many years and the company’s decision to add these information technology jobs underscores their support of and for our region,” said St. Louis Regional Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Reagan. “KPMG sets the standard for innovation and we couldn’t be more proud and pleased to have played a role in their decision to expand here in St. Louis.”

     About KPMG LLP

    KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 162,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 155 countries.

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