Chamber supports Centene expansion plans in Clayton

by Joe Reagan | Jul 20, 2016

We are excited to support the expansion of Centene’s headquarters in our region and the addition of new jobs to our regional economy.  Below is the text of a letter I sent to Michael Neidorff today, expressing our support for their continued growth.

July 20, 2016 

Michael Neidorff
Chairman, President and CEO
Centene Corporation
Centene Plaza
7700 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105

Dear Michael,

The Centene Corporation is a stunning example of high impact entrepreneurship and St. Louis’ leadership in cost-effective personalized medicine, the core strength of our region’s health sector.  Under your leadership, we have watched Centene grow to be the 2nd largest Fortune 500 company in Missouri and the largest Medicaid Managed Care Organization in the country.   

We know that now, more than ever, business decision makers have a choice where to move jobs and capital.  Centene has demonstrated its commitment to our region again and again.  You showed your dedication when you opened a new call center in Ferguson months early in order to bring jobs to a community in need.  And you have shown it once again with plans to expand your headquarters in Clayton and bring 1,000 new high-quality, good-paying jobs to our region.

In January 2013, with the launch of our One Plan, the St. Louis Regional Chamber committed to shifting economic development to focus on helping employers and entrepreneurs grow in our region’s strongest clusters, like the health sector, through relocating their operations to St Louis, starting new companies here, and expanding existing operations   We could search around the world for an employer to bring 1,000 jobs to our region, generate new construction jobs and help create a new live/work/play environment increasingly desired by the next generation.  It is satisfying to find that employer right here in our backyard, and your expansion is worthy of both our full attention and public investment.

We are extremely proud of what Centene has accomplished and could not be more excited to help turn this development project into reality.  We are fully committed to the expansion and the economic development incentives needed to secure these jobs for people in our community.  We look forward to a long partnership and further growth for Centene.

Sincerely,

Joe Reagan
President & CEO