Just so as to not be entirely gloom and doom, here's a quick look at some of the firms that downtown has GAINED in recent years:
Adamson - Moved from Clayton.
Asynchrony Solutions - Moved from Earth City, grew from 18 to 85 employees.
Gateway CDI - Moved its employees in Sunset Hills downtown.
Hardee's - Moved from North Carolina.
Hughes Group - Moved from Clayton.
Jacobs Engineering - Consolidated its Earth City office downtown.
Larson Allen - Moving from Des Peres.
NSI - Moved from Maryland Heights.
Osborn & Barr - Moved from Clayton.
Rosemann & Associates - Moved from Maryland Heights.
Adamson, Hughes, Osborn & Barr and NSI are particularly exciting newcomers. They all operate within the same general industry - creative services - and could signal the rebirth of downtown as a center for advertising, PR and other services after the loss of such firms as D'Arcy, Arnold Worldwide/Simmons Durham, Advanswers, etc.
Unfortunately, the firms downtown has picked up don't quite offset the losses it has suffered. Centene could have brought about a major shift in momentum, but unfortunately, we'll have to hope that someone else can fill the void. We need more firms to follow in the footsteps of those listed above and join the downtown revolution.