World Trade and Development Group Inc
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St. Louis

Robert J. Frueh
Executive Director
WTC St. Louis

Economic Base
Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois have a total population of 2.5 million, and a GDP of US$170.4 billion. Metropolitan St. Louis’ annual growth in exports averaged 22.1 percent 1995-1999. Metro St. Louis exports roughly US$5 billion in goods a year, and imports about US$6 billion.
Ownership & Operations
WTC St. Louis is owned by the St. Louis County Economic Council and is certified in trade services by the WTCA. WTC St. Louis is focused on improving export trade performance in small and medium sized businesses by providing education, training, counseling, market research and facilitating referrals to other international service providers.
Outstanding Service: Trade Information and Market Research
Since its inception in 1993, WTC St. Louis has provided 9,300 hours of international market research to more than 2,000 companies. Of the 9,300 research hours, 1,900 hours focused on identifying international contacts.

Businesses that utilize WTC St. Louis’ trade information, trade education and research services report:

  • The creation of 500 new jobs
  • More than US$250 million in new international business
Moreover, the return on investment to the St. Louis region has been tremendous. With approximately US$6 million invested, the rate of return is a ratio of US$40 generated for each dollar invested – not including the economic benefits derived from newly created jobs.
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With US$6 million invested, the rate of return has been US$40 generated for each dollar that was invested – not including the economic benefit from new jobs.
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