Missouri Minute: Floods disrupt rail, roads; Ameren to move employees

Good morning, MBA readers,

While St. Louis hockey fans bask in the afterglow of the Blues’ first win in a Stanley Cup Finals game in the franchise’s five-decade history, there’s still plenty of business to cover. Today’s top headlines include floods causing widespread transportation problems, Ameren moving hundreds of employees to downtown St. Louis and Columbia’s city manager addressing employee pay.

Want Missouri’s top business news in your inbox? Subscribe here.

Stay alert

Tony Robbins out at Creative Planning amid misconduct allegations

The self-help guru has left the Overland Park, Kansas-based wealth management firm after news reports alleging sexual misconduct. Robbins joined Creative Planning in 2016 and served as chief of investor psychology. (Kansas City Star)

St. Luke’s to open surgery center in Chesterfield

St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis is partnering with two ambulatory surgery center operators to open a center in Chesterfield in 2020. The facility will provide care in orthopedics, gynecology, gastrointestinal, plastic surgery and general surgery. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Ameren moving employees to space in downtown St. Louis

Ameren Missouri will relocate hundreds of employees to the Bank of America Plaza as it renovates its headquarters. The utility company signed a five-year lease on the 90,000-square-foot space. (St. Louis Business Journal)

Columbia city manager says employees are overworked

John Glascock, Columbia’s interim city manager, emphasized paying employees fairly during the State of the City address. While the Columbia City Council has raised city employee wages to $15 per hour, turnover is still high. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

Westport master plan calls for shorter buildings, wider sidewalks

The plan designed to guide development in historic Westport, Kansas City’s popular nightlife district, comes in response to concerns about two large apartment proposals. (KCUR)

State Farm donates $165,000 to University of Missouri

The donation will support MU’s outreach programs for firefighter training, driving safety and financial literacy. (Columbia Missourian)

Go figure


That’s how many roads have closed in Missouri due to recent flooding, the Associated Press reports. Closures include a 67-mile stretch of Interstate 29 north of St. Joseph. The Missouri Department of Transportation said Amtrak passenger train service between St. Louis and Kansas City has been suspended.

Say that again

“My personal mission in life is to help others live and love to their fullest. Entrepreneurship is a great way to live out that mission, and the community that has coalesced around our organization make it all possible.”

Kyle J. Smith co-founded Determination, Incorporated, a Kansas City nonprofit established to help formerly incarcerated people become entrepreneurs. The organization will host its inaugural Rise Up, Get Started pitch competition Thursday evening at the Plexpod Westport Commons. About 19,000 Missouri residents are released from prison each year, Startland News reports, and Determination, Incorporated seeks to welcome people “home with open arms,” Smith said.

Hello, my name is

Boddle Learning

The Kansas City-based startup has joined AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator, Startland News reports. As part of the six-month program, AT&T will invest $100,000 in Boddle Learning and provide another $25,000 to cover expenses. The education startup previously won $50,000 from LaunchKC in 2018 and benefited from UMKC’s E-Scholars program.

It’s been a pleasure doing business with you this morning.


Leave a Reply

Have you heard?

Missouri Business Alert is participating in CoMoGives2019!

Find out how we plan to use your gift to enhance training and programming for our students