The Week Ahead: Local elections, Monsanto earnings, KC Design Week

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:


Registration ends for nonprofits that want to participate in Give STL Day, a 24-hour donation drive sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation. The day of giving takes place May 3.

Bragging rights and office pools are on the line as Villanova and North Carolina face off in the NCAA men’s basketball championship. The women’s championship takes place Tuesday night and could feature Connecticut vying for its fourth consecutive national title.


Voters across the state head to the polls for local elections. In Kansas City and St. Louis, the top issue on the ballot is the renewal of a 1 percent local earnings tax. Republican state lawmakers have vowed to fight the earnings tax at the state level regardless of the outcome of the municipal votes. In Columbia, voters will elect a new mayor, school board and city council members, plus decide on tax and bond issues. Springfield residents will vote on school board members and the renewal of two transportation sales taxes.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is scheduled to hold the first of two days of meetings. The commission, which oversees the Missouri Department of Transportation, continues to grapple with projected funding shortfalls for MoDOT as lawmakers debate potential funding options.


Monsanto will report earnings for its second quarter and hold a conference call with analysts. The Creve Coeur-based seed company announced a combined 3,600 layoffs around the time of its last two earnings reports, in October and January.

The Federal Open Market Committee is scheduled to release the minutes from its March meeting. The Fed scaled back forecasts for how much it will increase interest rates this year, citing weak global growth and tumultuous U.S. financial markets.


Esther George, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, is scheduled to deliver a speech in York, Neb.


Kansas City Design Week kicks into gear with its opening party. The event, which runs from April 7 to April 16, features a variety workshops, presentations and networking opportunities aimed at celebrating and promoting Kansas City’s creative and design community.


Road race options abound for runners in the Show-Me State. Kansas City’s Rock the Parkway half marathon is expected to draw more than 6,500 participants for two races on Saturday morning. The GO! St. Louis Marathon features 10 runs split between Saturday and Sunday, and organizers expect 25,000 runners.


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