Tech openings have jumped 25% in the past year, and pay is rising, too. Average IT salaries are up 13% over the past year, to about $81,000. "St. Louis is becoming a startup town," says Silver. That's partly thanks to the St. Louis Technology Entrepreneur Network, which helps new companies write business plans, find mentors, get funding, and more.
Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is looking for backers for the world's first immortality research center.