The Week Ahead: Capital Innovators demos, KC airport memo, Google I/O

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

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• Following a fraught final day of the Missouri Legislature’s 2017 session on Friday, Gov. Eric Greitens said he and his team plan to spend this week looking at bills passed by lawmakers and considering future priorities. The rookie Republican governor also hinted at the possibility of calling a special session of the legislature to address an undisclosed topic.

• Capital Innovators, the St. Louis startup accelerator, will host its 2017 demo day Tuesday afternoon, showcasing 11 of its most recent graduates to prospective investors and others in the St. Louis startup community. Past accelerator participants have raised $235 million in follow-on funding, according to Capital Innovators.

• Two of the biggest big-box retailers are expected to report quarterly results this week, with Target set for a Wednesday check-in and Wal-Mart Stores scheduled for a Thursday update. The calls come shortly after announcements by both companies — an automated restocking program for Target and new pickup policy for Walmart — seen as direct shots at Amazon.

• Google’s annual developers conference, Google I/O, takes place Wednesday through Friday in Mountain View, California. The event provides a stage for Google to unveil splashy new technology, and VR, AI and Google Home are generating pre-conference buzz this year. Can’t make it to Mountain View? There’s also a Google I/O satellite event at the Google Fiber Space in Kansas City.

• The Kansas City Council on Thursday is expected to get a preliminary memorandum of understanding for a plan to have Burns & McDonnell privately finance and construct a new, single-terminal airport terminal for the city. The plan, estimated to cost about $1 billion, follows years of acrimony over the airport’s future.

Day planner


Housing Market Index released; earnings expected from Cumulus Media, LG and Porsche


Housing starts reported; industrial production reported; e-commerce retail sales reported; earnings expected from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Staples and Urban Outfitters


Earnings expected from Cisco Systems and Target


Leading indicators reported; earnings expected from Alibaba Group Holding, Gap, McKesson, Perry Ellis International, Ralph Lauren, and Wal-Mart Stores


St. Louis Fed President James Bullard speaks; earnings expected from Campbell Soup, Deere & Co. and Foot Locker

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