St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Apr 24, 2015
Wentzville may land GM supplier development
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/15)
WENTZVILLE • A developer is proposing a 1.3-million-square-foot warehouse and subassembly facility tied to the city’s General Motors plant, city officials say. Officials said that about 800 jobs could be created at the facility, which may start operations as soon as December. The overall project, including road and other improvements, would cost more than $50 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
American Cities of the Future 2015/16 Winners 
(FDI Intelligence, 4/13/15)
The top 10 of FDI's third biennial ranking of American cities is a wholly North American affair, with all entrants located in Canada or the U.S. Rebounding somewhat following a turbulent economic period, FDI projects into North America increased 4.55% between 2012 and 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis companies among the 'best corporate citizens'
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/21/15)
St. Louis biotech companies Sigma-Aldrich Corporation and Monsanto Company have made Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 2015 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens. Sigma landed at No. 5 on the list, which bases the rankings on 300 data points across a range of topics, including the environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and company financials. Sigma jumped to the fifth spot from No. 28 in last year’s list, with its highest category ranking this year in its environmental performance. This was Sigma’s fourth year on the list and its highest ranking so far. >> CLICK FOR MORE
City of St. Louis Wins ‘YouthBuild’ Grant
(KTRS, 4/20/15)
St. Louis, MO ( KTRS ) Young adults in the City of St. Louis will learn job skills and get paid while helping to construct affordable housing for low-income families. The organization ‘YouthBuild’ has announced they will hire 75 people from the ages of 16-24 through a $1 million Department of Labor grant secured by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE). Ranken Technical College will partner with the City of St. Louis to provide hands-on learning and supervision of the build-out of several single-family homes within the City’s 5th Ward. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nixon in DC pushing Missouri site for new Geospatial facility
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/23/15)
WASHINGTON • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was here this week making the case to keep a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facility in Missouri. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., also said he had made the same argument with NGA Director Robert Cardillo in a meeting on Tuesday. The agency is considering four locations in or near St. Louis for a new facility to house 3,000 workers now headquartered in aging facilities on the grounds of the old U.S. Arsenal on the Mississippi River at the foot of Arsenal Street. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Software startup shakes up your schedule
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/21/15)
Ask any office administrator, executive assistant or secretary to list the most frustrating aspects of their job and chances are good the task of scheduling a meeting — especially those with large numbers of participants — will be near the top. It’s the same story for anyone at any level who has to schedule a meeting. It can be a huge challenge, and it really should be easier. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Here's SixThirty’s latest batch of fintech startups
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/15)
The SixThirty, the financial services startup accelerator based in St. Louis, announced its latest cohort of companies Tuesday evening. The companies include three new startups and three companies that have participated in previous programs. The new companies include Bandura, FinLocker and Rippleshot, while existing portfolio companies are DAVO Technologies, PFITR and New Constructs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ballpark Village Throwing Best Friday Meeting Ever for Startups
(Techli, 4/21/15)
Back in my corporate communication days the worst feeling in the world was when a meeting was dropped on my calendar, for 4pm on a Friday afternoon. I’m not sure if it was the sign of the meeting organizer wanting to look good to the boss by showing a level of commitment bordering on narcissism, or simply the fact that the only time on all our calendars that was not already taken by another meeting was at that time. However, Ballpark Village, one of the coolest places to be in St. Louis, both on Cardinal game days, and on days when other sports and events take center stage, has scheduled a Friday meeting. And we are all going to want to be at this one. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Startup Voodoo Competition Open NOW: $10K Prize Package
(Techli, 4/20/15)
On June 18, 2015, Startup Voodoo will host its 2nd annual conference for thought leaders and the startup ecosystem at the Lumiere Hotel in St. Louis Missouri. Part of the conference is the ‘Most Promising‘ competition where startups from around the country compete to win a prize package worth $10,000 and funded generously by Daugherty Business Solutions. The prize package includes $5,000 cash, 10 hours of free legal services from the Polsinelli law firm, 10 hours of free marketing from Elasticity and new coverage in Techli.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Illinois approves construction of hospital in O’Fallon
(KTVI, 4/21/15)
BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – In 1857 three Sisters from Germany started what would become St. Elizabeth’s hospital. The main portion of the hospital was built in the 1950’s.There were a few other buildings built before and after, but the heart of the hospital has been in downtown Belleville well over six decades. However, that will be changing. Today the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted 8-0 in favor of building a replacement hospital and ambulatory care center along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in St. Clair County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Report: Clean Energy Jobs Booming In MO
(Public News Service, 4/20/15)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When it comes to putting Missourians to work, the clean energy sector is making big strides. That's according to a new report which finds the industry now employs more than 40,000 people statewide. When Zach Tucker and his brother started One3LED three years ago, it was just the two of them.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
New report shows Missouri fertile to grow more green energy jobs
(Kansas City Star, 4/21/15)
On this eve of Earth Day, it is important to note that the state of Missouri has planted strong roots in the green economy. A new report from E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and MEI (the Missouri Energy Initiative) shows that nearly 40,000 people in more than 4,400 establishments in the state are employed in green sectors of the economy. “This number is roughly double Iowa’s clean energy and transportation workforce but less than half the workers in Illinois and Massachusetts, suggesting room for growth,” the report says. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Governor French initiative helps school save energy
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/21/15)
The Governor French Green Team in Belleville is already saving money while gaining Energy Star status for the school. The status means the school performs in the top 25 percent of similar schools nationwide for energy insufficiency and meets other strict performance levels. As part of the initiative, school officials shut off utility service to an unused building, a move that saved more than $1,000 a year. They plan to replace lights with more energy efficient models with the savings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sigma-Aldrich opens Asia Pacific headquarters
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/17/15)
Sigma-Aldrich Corp. is expanding its investment in the Asia Pacific region, opening a new headquarters and cell culture center in Singapore as well as a new distribution center in Tuas. The company's new Asia Pacific HQ and cell culture technical center are located in Singapore's Biopolis Research Park. The new HQ facility brings existing commercial office and production laboratories in Singapore into one central location, according to a statement from the company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
GlobalHack IV: $55,000 Up for Grabs
(Techli, 4/22/15)
GlobalHack is a 501c3 organization with a focus on bringing together the brightest minds to solve real-world problems. GlobalHack IV is the first of two hackathons hosted by the organization in 2015. In 2016, the organization will host a $1 million hackathon. (See Techli’s previous GlobalHack Coverage HERE) GlobalHack IV takes place June 5-7 at T-REX in downtown St. Louis. Teams of developers, designers, engineers and students will compete for $55,000 in prize money. So far, more than 200 participants have registered to compete including three teams from the LaunchCode organization. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Maryland Heights 35-Acre Mixed Use Planned
(Construction Forum STL, 4/22/15)
Basston Holdings, LLC has submitted a request for rezoning from “PDM” Planned District—Manufacturing to “MXD” Mixed Use District for a 35-acre mixed use development, in the northwest quadrant of Page Avenue and I- 270 in Maryland Heights, called Maryland Oaks, the Maryland Heights City Planner reported Prospective uses include high density residential, senior living, assisted living, hotel, recreation, entertainment, and office. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Engineering an early interest in STEM
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/19/15)
AFFTON • The lesson started with the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk. But with 10 pipe cleaners, the kindergartners were about to learn a little about engineering, a career that could be in their future. In small groups, the children set out to build their own beanstalks with the materials, trying to make it stand up on its own with no direction from the teacher. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Johnson Properties owner reflects on three decades in local commercial real estate
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/20/15)
Terry Johnson loves when a deal comes together. This month marks Johnson’s 30th year of orchestrating commercial real estate sales in the metro-east. In his time, he has put many office and retail building and land sales together. Eleven years after joining the Kenneth Johnson Agency, a commercial real estate company named for his father, Johnson launched his own company, Johnson Properties Inc., in 1996. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Chesterfield flexing muscle as retail hub
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/15)
CHESTERFIELD • Name a national retailer and it’s likely already here, or plans to open a store here soon. H&M opened late last year, construction crews are now erecting walls for a new Burlington store, and Gander Mountain plans to open in Chesterfield before the end of this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Construction Manager Named to Build NFL Stadium
(KMOX, 4/20/15)
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA) has named Hunt Construction Group/Clayco as the construction manager to build an NFL stadium on the North Riverfront of downtown St. Louis that could be the new home for the St. Louis Rams. Hunt/Clayco will lead a joint venture branded as HCKL with St. Louis-based firms KAI Design & Build and Legacy Building Group. As HCKL – the first initials of Hunt, Clayco, KAI and Legacy – the group will report to John Loyd, who was hired as Developer’s Representative to consult on stadium construction and design. >> CLICK FOR MORE
STL stadium task force makes pitch to NFL
(KSDK, 4/22/15)
ST. LOUIS – This week could be critical for that riverfront stadium proposal. Two men hand-picked by Gov. Jay Nixon to come up with a way to keep an NFL team in St. Louis will be in New York Wednesday presenting the plans to build a stadium on the riverfront, just north of downtown. Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz will unveil the plans for the new stadium to a group of league officials and NFL owners called The LA Opportunities Committee. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Groundbreaking set for Arch museum expansion
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/22/15)
Construction is set to begin next week on the expansion and rebuilding of the museum and visitor center beneath the Gateway Arch on the St. Louis riverfront. CityArchRiver project partners plan to break ground at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Redoing the museum and visitor center is a big part of the $380 million Arch grounds renovation. The visitor center will grow by 46,000 square feet and get a main entrance that faces the Old Courthouse. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Cardinals chef rebrands restaurant, has expansion plans
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/23/15)
Simon Lusky, team chef for the St. Louis Cardinals and owner of Athlete Eats on Cherokee Street, plans to start operating a food truck and open a new restaurant in Brentwood. And, as reported by our partners at Sauce Magazine, the restaurant will re-brand as Revel Kitchen. The food truck will be called Revel Kitchen Food Truck and will debut at the magazine’s Food Truck Friday on May 8. Lusky started with the St. Louis Cardinals as an intern several years ago and later became the team’s first official chef. >> CLICK FOR MORE
World Wide Technology wins slice of $20 billion NIH contract
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/21/15) 
World Wide Technology, which supplies tech equipment and services to universities, the government and Fortune 500 companies, is one of 64 winners for a National Institutes of Health contract worth up to $20 billion. World Wide Technology CFO Tom Strunksaid the deal essentially allows WWT a license to sell its technology and services to the NIH and other civilian government agencies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Navy names new combat ship to honor St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/17/15)
A new ship bearing the name USS St. Louis will soon be present in American harbors. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the name of the ship in front of the St. Louis Soldiers’ Memorial Museum on Friday. The new ship, LCS 19, belongs to one of two “littoral combat ship” lines, the Freedom variant. The ship is designed to stay close to the shore and target threats like mines, submarines, and surface craft. Mabus said that the ship can do “almost anything” and that at over forty knots, the St. Louis is amongst the fastest ships in the Navy.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Upcoming conference and expo for women business owners
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/20/15)
O'FALLON - Midwest Business Institute, Inc. and Signature Virtual Assistance will present Women Business Owners Conference & Expo, a full-day seminar and trade show event on May 6, at the Four Points By Sheraton in O'Fallon, designed for women in the workplace. Because of the generosity of additional event sponsors, the hosts have lowered the registration fee, from the early bird rate of $79 and the regular rate of $115 down to a registration fee of $50. >> CLICK FOR MORE
American Midwest Ramps Up Efforts To Attract Expats
(Techli, 4/16/15)
Growing up in England in the 80s, I knew almost nothing about the United States. My first Super Bowl, watched late at night on Channel 4, was won by the Chicago Bears and William “The Refrigerator” Perry. And my first beer was a Budweiser, with St. Louis proudly stamped on the can. So I had heard of Chicago and St. Louis, sort of. I knew of Dallas and Los Angeles thanks to various TV series, such as Dallas, CHiPs and The A-Team. And who didn’t know about New York or that place in Massachusetts where a bunch of tea got dumped in the harbour during a slight disagreement in the 1700s? But in the late 1980s, I ended up in the American Midwest. In St. Louis, Missouri, to be exact. >> CLICK FOR MORE
After tumultuous start, Ferguson Commission gets down to business
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/19/15)
When the Ferguson Commission first met last December, its members bore the brunt of pent-up anger and frustration. It was just days after a grand jury decided against indicting former Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown. At that first gathering, the 16-member commission was beset by livid audience members and skepticism about the commission’s ultimate value. But recently inside a classroom on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, the tensions of last year seemed far away. >> CLICK FOR MORE
STAY TUNED: VETERANS ISSUES
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/23/15)
In studio guests:
Jay Harden - Vietnam Veteran/Writer
Russ Whitener - Board Member, P.O.W. / M.I.A Museum at Jefferson Barracks
Kimberly Beck - Social Services Director, Salvation Army St. Louis Region
Chris Figura - Financial Stability Counselor, Project HERO - St. Patrick Center
Jim Craig - Associate Teaching Professor and Department Chair, UMSL
David Rogers - Fellowship Program Director, Mission Continues   
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Next Mail Truck May Have Rotors
(The Wall Street Journal, 4/15/15)
More than a dozen companies, including those now making military Humvees and luxury sport-utility vehicles, are vying to bring the lowly mail truck into the future. Fifteen suppliers have been qualified in the first leg of a competition that could be worth $5 billion over several years, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS wants a vehicle able to operate for 20 years, and intends to buy 180,000 vehicles over three years. Early contenders suggest the mail service is considering everything from drones to gasoline-powered vans to battery-powered vehicles for its fleet. >> CLICK FOR MORE