• Grove Collaborative Opening New Fulfillment Center in St. Peters

    Mar 09, 2018
    Grove Collaborative, an auto-replenishment service, which offers high quality, organic cleaning, health, and personal care products, announced plans today to open a new fulfillment center in St. Peters, Missouri. The new 137,000 square foot facility represents $3,708,500 in total capital investment, and will create 210 new jobs in the region over the coming years.  

    “Missouri is open for business,” Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said. “We’re competing again and we’re winning jobs. Grove Collaborative is bringing quality jobs to St. Peters, and we’re glad that they are investing in Missouri.”

    "We are thrilled to partner with Missouri and the City of St. Peters to bring a Grove Fulfillment Center to the area," Grove's Senior Manager of Operations John Krudy said. "Working closely with the community is key for us as we provide excellent and sustainable products to families across the country."

    Grove makes it simple and affordable for consumers to shop their values. Grove sources better-for-you and more sustainable products from a curated selection of third-party brands like Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer’s, method, and Acure. Grove stands out for its personalized customer service, approachable prices, and its Flagship brand, which is the company’s best selling line.

    “Business is booming in St. Peters and we’re excited to welcome Grove Collaborative to ‘My Hometown’ with more than 200 jobs for our region’s well-trained workforce,” St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said.  “Because of the hard work of our FasTrac team in St. Peters along with the EDC of St. Charles County, St. Louis Regional Chamber, State of Missouri and Missouri Partnership we’re bringing an outstanding company like Grove Collaborative to our region with more new jobs and that’s a win for everyone.”

    "We were honored once again to work on a deal that brings new jobs and investment to St. Peters, St. Charles County and the St. Louis region," St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Chulick said. "As one of the nation's top logistical centers, we know St. Louis is the right choice for Grove Collaborative to expand and grow its business."

    The State of Missouri, Missouri Partnership, City of St. Peters, EDC of St. Charles County, and St. Louis Regional Chamber assisted with this project.

    “This has been a great statewide partnership that worked closely with Grove Collaborative, enabling the company to invest more than $3 million and create more than 200 new jobs in St. Peters,” Missouri Partnership CEO Steve Johnson said. “Our team was honored to support Grove in choosing Missouri, and we look forward to many years of growth for the company and the jobs they will create.”

    Grove is a Certified B Corporation; a company that prioritizes social, environmental, and community wellbeing as well as profit. Today, there is a growing community of more than 2,100 Certified B Corps from 50 countries and more than 130 industries working together to redefine success in business. Grove is excited to carry on this commitment in Missouri.
  • Missouri Can’t Afford Watered Down Computer Science Legislation

    Feb 19, 2018
    If Missouri wants to compete for the next Amazon HQ2, or attract another opportunity of that magnitude, we must integrate more computer science into our education system. Amazon would have supplied 50,000 high paying jobs for our region. However, Missouri has 10,000 open computing jobs today with an average annual salary of $82,000 that we can’t fill because we don’t have the qualified workforce.  The sad truth is, we never had a chance to win HQ2 because our tech workforce isn’t at the level it needs to be.

    The state legislature has to take thecomm first step by changing our K-12 curriculum requirements to allow high school students in Missouri the option to count computer science courses as a core math or science credit for graduation. This is a policy that 35 other states have adopted over the last few years to allow more students the opportunity to fit computer science courses into their schedule. 

    We were disappointed to see the provision allowing students to count computer science as a core graduation credit was removed from pending legislation during the House committee process. Groups testifying in favor of this provision included a wide range of business groups across the state, school administrators, school boards, teachers unions and Code.org, a national non-profit coalition that partners with Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google and over 500 companies advocating for more exposure to computer science in education. 

    Passing legislation to get more schools to offer computer science simply isn’t enough to be competitive. The vast majority of students who choose to take computer science as an elective course are white males, which is why other states are allowing students the option to count the courses as a core graduation credit in math or science. This will result in exposing more women and minorities to computer science, opening up new worlds of possibility and transforming lives and communities.

    The House of Representatives should add this option for students back to HB 1623 if it truly wants to pass meaningful computer science legislation that will connect employers with a qualified workforce.