Missouri Minute: Parson lays out pro-business agenda; visa changes threaten St. Louis, KC companies’ talent

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Visa changes could mean less talent for St. Louis, KC tech companies

A draft of an executive order that’s been circulating has tech companies across the U.S. — including several in Kansas City and St. Louis — bracing for changes. President Donald Trump is taking aim again at a mainstay of the American workforce, this time with a draft proposal to potentially overhaul the various visa programs that provide thousands of immigrants legal status to temporarily live and work in the United States. Read more

Lt. Gov. Parson outlines pro-business agenda at economic development conference

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday he wants to see more retirees move to the Show-Me State as part of his pro-business agenda. Read more

Despite health care climate, Centene says it’s ‘business as usual’

Centene Corp. CEO Michael Neidorff is assuring investors his company can “navigate” any potential federal policy changes to the health care industry. On Tuesday’s quarterly earnings call, Neidorff said Centene has “three decades of experience spanning five presidents from both sides of the aisle.” Read more

Arch Coal says Trump administration positive for its business

Arch Coal Inc., which emerged from bankruptcy in October, said President Donald Trump’s administration should prove to be positive for its coal businesses. The Creve Coeur-based coal mining company also said revenue rose 4.6 percent to $575.7 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from the third, helped by higher prices for metallurgical coal, which is used in steel making. Read more

KC insurance broker hiring spree will add 200-plus jobs

Spring Venture Group is experiencing triple-digit growth. In 2016, the company’s revenue growth neared 150 percent, and it hired 134 employees. This year, it plans to add about 225 employees, bringing the total head count to about 415 by year’s end. The company, which sells dental, vision, critical illness and life insurance plans to seniors, is hiring for all its teams, but a majority of the positions will be in sales. Read more

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