• Announcing CliqStudios' Expansion to St. Louis County

    Jan 06, 2017

    Happy New Year!

    We are opening 2017 with news of success for St. Louis County.  This announcement aligns with our One Plan for Regional Prosperity, which is a people-first approach to economic development to make our region a more attractive place for all people to live, work and invest. With the support of our Regional Investors, we are able to focus on executing our strategy so that we may bring you results-based announcements such as this one.

    Today, Governor Jay Nixon announced that CliqStudios, the nation’s largest online retailer of semi-custom kitchen cabinets based on revenue, is expanding to open a new design center in St. Louis County. This $1.95 million expansion to Creve Coeur, will also create 98 new high-wage jobs in the St. Louis area.  CliqStudios chose St. Louis over Cincinnati, OH for the expansion due to our talented workforce, available real estate and the overall cost of doing business. This project is quickly moving forward to accommodate the demand of services that CliqStudios currently offers.

    The company, founded in 2010 and based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota, allows customers to remodel their homes through the website, CliqStudios.com. Customers work directly with designers in the design center to create a new layout for their kitchen using semi-custom kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are shipped, factory-direct, to the customer which results in faster service and significant savings to the customer.

    This economic development win could not have been possible without the Missouri Partnership and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. We want to extend our congratulations and thanks to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger for their support and leadership. Finally, I want to congratulate Lori Becklenberg, the St Louis Regional Chamber’s Director of New Business Development for her project leadership with CliqStudios.

    Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working together for results in 2017!


  • St. Louis Employers Looking Forward to a ‘Favorable’ Job Market in the New Year

    Dec 15, 2016
    As the clock ticks towards the end of 2016, the St. Louis metropolitan area is expecting to ring in the New Year with steady hiring levels.

    According to the latest edition of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, 20% of employers say they intend on hiring more employees in 2017 while 72% plan on retaining their current staff levels. Comparatively, only 4% say they will reduce payrolls and another 4% are unsure of their plans. 

    St. Louis’ Net Employment Outlook for the First Quarter of 2017 is 16%. This time last year, the Net Employment Outlook was only 12%. Not only is the region’s current Net Employment Outlook the strongest First Quarter score of the decade, but St. Louis continues to outpace hiring expectations from 61 of the largest 100 U.S. metropolitan areas and the nation as a whole.

    Industries expected to see notable hiring activity include: education and health services, information services, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and transportation services, and government.  The construction, wholesale and retail trade, and financial service industries are expected to remain steady through early 2017.

    Q1 2017 graph