Business Climate

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If you would like to discuss how Maryland Heights can grow your business, contact the City Administrator, Jim Krischke, at (314) 738-2201.

The City of Maryland Heights, Missouri, is strategically located in the center of the St. Louis metropolitan area. A combination of ideal location, excellent infrastructure, stable neighborhoods, responsive government and highly rated schools make Maryland Heights a prime location to do business. Click here for economic and demographic information.

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Since incorporation in 1985, the city has been supportive of commerce and economic development. The city's systematized zoning, permitting, and licensing processes make it quick and easy for developers and entrepreneurs to get projects started. 

Maryland Heights is a thriving hospitality center, attracting about 9 million visitors a year, thanks to our 3,600 hotel rooms, more than 50 restaurants, Hollywood Casino and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Maryland Heights has invested in constructing and rebuilding infrastructure in its commercial areas. Completion of the Maryland Heights Expressway, the Page Avenue Extension into St. Charles County and the replacement of the Dorsett Road/I-270 interchange in 2010 have improved access throughout the city.

The city's long-term vision includes the redevelopment of one of its major thoroughfares, Dorsett Road, through the creation of a Tax-Increment Financing District along its eastern end. Additionally, there are 2,000 acres available in the Howard Bend Planning Area for future development. Several sites are currently zoned for development of large office buildings.


Central location, excellent accessibility

Maryland Heights is located at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 270 and within a short drive from Interstates 64, 44 and 55. An eight-lane regional highway, U.S. 364, serves as one of two bridges connecting Maryland Heights to neighboring St. Charles County across the Missouri River.

Near the heart of the metropolitan area’s population, Maryland Heights offers access to a quality workforce. There are numerous institutions of higher education and technical education within 25 minutes drive, including:

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Saint Louis University
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis
  • Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
  • Webster University
  • St. Louis Community College
  • Vatterott College
  • Ranken Technical College

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is a 10-minute drive from Maryland Heights, with daily flights to cities throughout the country. Maryland Heights is also home to Creve Coeur Airport, a civil aviation facility well-suited for small private planes and recreational flying.

Professional government

Maryland Heights prides itself on its professional staff and supportive elected officials. The Department of Community Development works with developers from the very start to answer questions about permits, zoning and inspections to make sure projects are completed smoothly. The Police Department has a reputation for officers and detectives who work proactively with the business community to thwart crime and solve problems.

Low taxes

In general, taxes in the Midwest are lower than on either coast. The City of Maryland Heights has the added advantage of levying no additional real or personal property tax. The business license fee ($0.02 per square foot of occupied space) is below the average for the metropolitan area. The school districts and fire districts serving the city have their own levies set by voters.

Home to industry leaders

A number of major corporations have located their national or regional headquarters or main operational facilities in Maryland Heights. Among them are: Bunge Corp.; Edward Jones; Fred Weber, Inc.; French Gerleman; Grey Eagle Distributors Inc.; GMAC Insurance; Hollywood Casino; Hydromat Inc.; J.D. Street & Co. Inc; Magellan Behavioral Health; Mallinckrodt Corp.; Elsvier Publishing; Schnuck Markets; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; TALX Corp.; United Healthcare; Watlow Electric; and World Wide Technology.

Our business community and infrastructure contributed to Maryland Heights being named the Google Digital Capital for Missouri in 2013.  
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Quality of life

 Creve Coeur Lake

The public school districts serving Maryland Heights, Parkway and Pattonville, have both earned “Distinction in Performance” recognition from the Missouri Department of Education.

Maryland Heights residents have access to five city parks as well as St. Louis County’s 2,000-acre Creve Coeur Park. The city offers a wide range of housing options. Entertainment and dining opportunities abound.