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Edward Jones Ranks No. 5 on Fortune 100 Best
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 12, 2017 - Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks No. 5 on the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list in its 18th appearance there, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Edward Jones' 18 Fortune rankings also include top 10 finishes for 14 years, top 5 rankings for seven years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 10 overall.

The prestigious ranking of the top companies in the U.S. is based on employee ratings of their workplace culture, including the level of trust they feel towards leaders, the pride they take in their jobs and the camaraderie they experience with their colleagues.

According to the Great Place to Work, this year's ranking companies continue to show that a high-trust culture fuels better business results. Great Place to Work research shows that list winners keep outperforming the stock market, beating industry rivals when it comes to talent retention and demonstrating higher levels of productivity than peers.

"Our work matters, and we take pride in knowing that we make a significant, positive difference to our clients and to the communities where we live and work," said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. "As a growing firm, we are proud to have created a rewarding career destination that sets us apart within our industry. Congratulations and thank you to all 41,000 associates in our branches and in our headquarters. Every day they demonstrate our values and our culture in action."

Edward Jones also was ranked as a best workplace for women, millennials, Gen Xers, those approaching retirement, camaraderie and flexibility and for those in the financial services industry.

Microsoft Moving Regional Jobs to New Headquarters in Cortex
The new Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Cortex, designed by architecture firm HOK, is expected to open in summer 2018. Rendering courtesy Cortex
Microsoft Moving Regional Jobs to New Headquarters in Cortex District
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, March 9, 2017 - The Cortex Innovation Community has announced that Microsoft Corp. will open a new regional headquarters and a Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in a state-of-the-art facility inside Cortex, located in St. Louis' Central West End district.

Microsoft's commitment in St. Louis will bring more than 150 employees to the 29,000-square-foot facility that will be located within Wexford Science + Technology's latest building in Cortex, and the technology giant is investing more than $50 million in local jobs, facilities and software grants.

Cortex was founded in 2002 through a collaboration among BJC Healthcare, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis. The district has grown into the Midwest's leading hub of innovation and technology commercialization, and was cited by the Brookings Institution as a model of urban innovation districts.

In a release, Dennis Lower, president of Cortex, said: "Adding a pillar of technology innovation like Microsoft to the Cortex community is a great validation of our mission. The new Microsoft Technology Center brings another leading-edge technology resource to St. Louis' booming innovation community, and its presence adds further credibility to the reality that St. Louis has become one of the leading growth cities for innovation companies."

The new MTC in Cortex, designed by architecture firm HOK and expected to open in summer 2018, will support the technology-driven community with unique amenities and showcase the latest technologies that drive digital transformation across many industries, with a special focus on healthcare. At more than 40 locations worldwide, MTCs bring together resources that help companies explore Microsoft products while interacting with tech experts and experiencing firsthand how Microsoft and partner technologies can help them grow their businesses.

"Opening a new Microsoft Technology Center in the thriving Central West End district is exciting for our company and our customers, as St. Louis continues to support a booming technology scene," said Ervin Flores, general manager, Mid-America District, at Microsoft. "We are thrilled to support local startups, as well as enterprises large and small, through our work with the Cortex Innovation Community."

Beyond serving businesses and partners, MTCs are committed to serve the broader community and local organizations through software grants and educational programs. Students, nonprofits and those they serve will have the ongoing opportunity to experience and access technology solutions and expertise through programs such as DigiGirlz and Hour of Code.

Microsoft has a longstanding relationship with the Saint Louis Science Center, which has hosted DigiGirlz events for nine years and recently received a $1.1 million grant from Microsoft to support youth access to computer science education, coding, technology skills and technology careers. The grant will fund opportunities spanning training, entrepreneurship and employment.

Microsoft also aims to positively impact the city through strategic partnerships that offer free and low-cost cloud offerings to students, educators and nonprofits.

"Wexford Science and Technology is excited to have the power of a Microsoft Technology Center as a critical anchor of our next building within the Cortex Innovation Community," said James Berens, President and CEO of Wexford Science and Technology. "This represents another important step in the continued development of a dynamic Knowledge Community that brings together intellectual capital, innovation and infrastructure providing a center of gravity and congregation for the well recognized innovation and entrepreneurial activities taking place in Cortex and across St. Louis."

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