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Artists, makers, entrepreneurs, developers and accelerators are igniting and reinventing the urban footprint that once served as the Gateway to the West. Fanning out from the stunning curves of the iconic Gateway Arch along the banks of the Mississippi River, the St. Louis region is currently undergoing a reimagining of epic proportion. Old is the brand new.

Gateway Arch National Park

More than $8 billion of investment is currently pulsating throughout the downtown and midtown areas from the ground skyward, transforming and adding a new dimension to our eat, work and play space. Recent developments include the $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch National Park, the opening of the 200-foot Wheel and 250,000-gallon St. Louis Aquarium at historic Union Station and the second phase of the Ballpark Village development just steps from Busch Stadium, which also includes a Live! By Loews Hotel.

St. Louis Aquarium Lobby

Projects currently in the works include the downtown construction of a $250 million Major League Soccer stadium, midtown's City Foundry STL, and The District, an entertainment and music venue complex in west St. Louis County. A $175 million renovation of the America's Center Convention Complex, with completion scheduled for 2023, will include a new 60,000 sq. ft. ballroom, interior and exterior exhibit space and enhanced functionality, among other improvements.

Managed by Explore St. Louis, America's Center presently offers 502,000 square feet of exhibit space, 80 meeting rooms, a 28,000-square-foot ballroom, the 1,400-seat Ferrara Theatre, the St. Louis Executive Conference Center and the 67,000-seat Dome at America's Center. Explore St. Louis' professional staff includes marketing, sales, services and facilities teams who are ready to assist planners in creating a successful and memorable meeting or event.

Relax and enjoy these amenities and other St. Louis attractions in one of more than 700 new hotel rooms that have brought the downtown and midtown hotel supply to nearly 8,000 rooms - plus, an additional 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Premier brands as Royal Sonesta, Hyatt, Marriott, Four Seasons, Embassy Suites and Drury are represented.

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