Daily business briefing: General manager on board at Ballpark Village

November 5, 2013 

A St. Louis-naitve has been hired to serve as the general manager and chief operating officer of Ballpark Village under construction in downtown St. Louis.

Jim Watry, a former key executive for Kansas City's Power & Light District development, has been serving as Ballpark Village's first chief operating officer for about a month and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the overall project, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. The retail and restaurant development is expected to open in time for next season in an area across the street from Busch Stadium in a space where the previous stadium stood. For more, read http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis. ...

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Google has been building a four-story floating structure in the San Francisco Bay but has not revealed their plans. Police claim the bay is not their jurisdiction and government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. To find out more, go to http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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According to real estate provider CoreLogic, home prices increased 0.2 percent in September from the previous month -- sharply lower than the 0.9 percent month-over-month gain in August and well below the 1.8 percent increase in July. Prices still rose 12 percent in September compared with a year ago. Learn more at http://www.bnd.com/business. ...

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The financial crisis of the past few years has severely sapped confidence in government around the globe. Fourteen European Union countries that use the euro are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report that their trust in the government fell from 49.1 to 42.8 percent over the past year. In Japan, confidence dipped from 27 percent in 2010 to 17 percent last year. For more information, go to http://www.bnd.com/business.

-- Will Buss, BND business writer

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