St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | May 01, 2015
Construction begins on Arch museum
(KSDK, 4/29/15)
ST. LOUIS - Construction started Wednesday on the new museum and visitor center at the Gateway Arch, a milestone for the CityArchRiver project. The old Museum of Westward Expansion closed in February and will be replaced by a larger, more modern, museum, slated to open in about two years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
A Former Banking CEO Wants to Solve Prison Recidivism in St. Louis -- and the Entire Country
(Riverfront Times, 4/30/15)
"The purpose of the group in terms of the strategic plan is really just to answer one question, and that was, 'With proper resources and evidence-based practices could we dramatically lower re-incarceration rates and do it in a scaleable fashion?'....We concluded the answer to this question was a resounding, 'Yes.' That's what former Wells Fargo Advisors CEO Danny Ludeman told a well-heeled crowd of about 200 yesterday at the Missouri History Museum. Ludeman surprised many when he retired in 2013, leaving his powerful post at the helm of a brokerage firm that managed $1 trillion in assets. At the time, he told the press he was doing it to "be selfless." >> CLICK FOR MORE
New St. Louis Initiative for Ex-Cons Includes Jobs
(KMOX, 4/30/15)
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — What’s been dubbed an “unprecedented” effort to keep ex-cons from going back to prison is starting in St. Louis. The majority of crime is committed by ex-offenders, and 70 percent of prison inmates find themselves back behind bars after they get out. >>CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis delegation cultivates Israeli agro-tech
(The Times of Israel, 4/26/15)
Business, science, and economic development leaders from St. Louis, Missouri are back in Israel this week to participate in an important industry conference and trade show while meeting with a select group of companies and research institutes. I predict their visit will further this Midwest community’s highly targeted objectives to develop closer economic ties with the Start Up Nation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
'Promise Zone' designation puts St. Louis in line for federal aid
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/28/15)
WELLSTON • The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that St. Louis has been named as one of eight new "Promise Zones," a federal designation that effectively moves parts of the city and county the front of the line in obtaining federal assistance aimed at tackling poverty. It could unlock federal money and staffing for job training, educational programs, property redevelopment and transportation improvement in the designated region—which includes the Ferguson area rocked by civil unrest in recent months. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Free workshops offered for small businesses in Ferguson, Dellwood, Jennings
(KMOV, 4/28/15)
FERGUSON -- North County Incorporated, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the St. Louis Regional Chamber are partnering together to host a series of free workshops for small businesses in North County. The free workshops are open to all for-profit businesses located in Ferguson, Dellwood and Jennings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Program offering 1,500 summer jobs to area youth
(KMOV, 4/27/15)
ST. LOUIS ( -- Mayor Francis Slay announced today that STL Youth Jobs will offer 1,500 summer jobs for young adults living in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods. The program was first started two years ago and 200 young adults received summer jobs. Brianna Farrell was one of the young adults to receive a job last year. She worked at "Swiss American" and applied for another job this summer. Farrell said if not for the program being available, she may would have been at home doing nothing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
LaunchCode opening tech Mentor Center for underprivileged St. Louis youth
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/24/15)
LaunchCode is opening a community ‘Mentor Center’ to provide coding skills and other technology education for underprivileged youth in St. Louis. St. Louis-based LaunchCode tapped Chicago coding bootcamp Blue1647 to assist in developing the Mentor Center, which is located at 4811 Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis’ Fountain Park neighborhood. The Mentor Center will occupy about 9,000 square feet of space that previously housed an unemployment office in a building owned by the state of Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fenton gives green light to first part of project at former Chrysler plant site
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/23/15)
FENTON • The Fenton Board of Aldermen approved on Thursday the first phase of the $500 million development called Fenton Logistics Park, located where the former Chrysler plant resided on 280 acres at 1050 Dodge Drive. The first phase will be to redevelop 49.3 acres on the eastern portion of the property at Fenton Logistics Park Drive, formerly known as Mraz Drive. Construction of the first phase will begin this summer, said Terry Barnes, KP Development president. >> CLICK FOR MORE
West Star Aviation Voted #1 Preferred MRO In U.S. For Second Consecutive Year
(Aviation Pros, 4/28/15)
East Alton, IL, April 28, 2015- West Star Aviation continues to set themselves apart as a leader in technical expertise, experience, and world-class customer service, by being voted #1 Preferred MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) in Professional Pilot magazine’s 2015 “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for the second consecutive year. The annual PRASE survey, which originated in 1974, is voted on every year by Professional Pilot magazine subscribers, which includes aircraft owners, operators, passengers and flight crews. Last year was the first time the survey included a “Preferred MRO” category, which recognized West Star for the first time. >> CLICK FOR MORE
IKEA has Potential to Bring More Stores to St. Louis
(KMOX, 4/29/15)
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – KMOX News on Tuesday was first to take you inside the new IKEA store under construction in St. Louis. Michael Calhoun now digs into what kind of halo effect we’ll see around the furniture retailer. New York retail analyst Burt Flickinger calls IKEA a “transformative magnet.” Flickinger says while the average store might net 50 to 10,000 sales in a week, IKEA as a whole pulls in two to three million sales a week. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Crestwood approves developer for mall site
(KTVI, 4/29/15)
CRESTWOOD, Mo. (AP) – Aldermen in the St. Louis County town of Crestwood have approved a developer for the vacant Crestwood Plaza site, but a school district is opposing tax breaks for the developer. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that UrbanStreet Group was chosen as developer of the million-square-foot site that was once home to one of the region’s largest shopping malls. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Mixed-use development planned for Maryland Heights
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/1/15)
Apartments, condos, senior housing, offices and a hotel are among potential uses for 35 wooded acres at Page Avenue and Interstate 270, in Maryland Heights. The owner, an affiliate of Cypress Real Estate, calls the project Maryland Oaks and plans to retain much of the site’s woodsiness. >>CLICK FOR MORE
New stores and development coming to Chesterfield Valley
(KTVI, 4/27/15)
CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – If you live in Chesterfield Valley or travel a lot on I-64 in Chesterfield, you’ve noticed a lot of construction happening. Just when you thought development of the valley was completed, a new push is on for more development. It’s been nearly two years since the opening of two outlet malls in the valley. Now the Chesterfield Blue Valley is set for an additional 130,000 square feet of retail space being developed. The tenants of this space are expected to include a 50,000 square foot Burlington Coat Factory, a Gander Mountain store and a Cavender’s Boot City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Landmarks Association to create loan program for historic preservation
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/27/15)
The Cupples 7 building in downtown St. Louis was on the National Register of Historic Places, but that didn’t save it from the wrecking ball. The nine-story building was torn down in 2013 after becoming so unstable the city considered it a public safety risk. In the wake of the demolition, Landmarks Association of St. Louis decided it was time to create a low-interest loan program for historic preservation. "People were saying we need to stabilize these buildings rather than demolish them," said Andrew Weil, executive director of Landmarks. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New list shines light on Missouri's "most beautiful towns"
(KMOV, 4/27/15)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – Seven St. Louis area towns made the recently released list of Missouri's "most beautiful towns." The list, released by, has Branson as the number one "most beautiful town," with Glendale and Florissant coming in second and third. Hermann, where a lot of wineries are located, came in at number four and Manchester rounded out the top five. Pacific, St. Charles and Wildwood all made the top 10 list.   >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis employer listed on 'Top 50 Companies for Diversity'
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/27/15)
Monsanto Co. was ranked No. 43 on DiversityInc's 2015 list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity, up from its No. 46 slot last year. DiversityInc, a Princeton, New Jersey-based publisher, based the ranking on a survey of more than 1,600 companies. The surveys are used to produce a report card assessing company performance based on talent pipeline, equitable talent development, CEO/leadership commitment and supplier diversity. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. was No. 1 on the list last year, repeating its 2014 ranking. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Clair County celebrates 225th anniversary by candlelight
(Belleville News-Democrat, 4/27/15)
As if they were governing in the 1790s, St. Clair County Board members on Monday held committee meetings by candlelight inside the Old Cahokia Courthouse as they reviewed items prior to the full board meeting. Without modern lighting, some assistance from a flashlight was provided to read through the agenda items. The meetings at the Old Cahokia Courthouse were part of the 225th anniversary celebration of St. Clair County, which was founded on April 27, 1790. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cortex & MSD Show Off Rainscaping Project
(KMOX, 4/24/15)
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A $5 million rainscaping project is part of the transformation of the land outside a Cortex building in midtown St. Louis. Cortex president Dennis Lower says the reduction of stormwater going into MSD sewers – and the greening of the urban space – is a key part of the Cortex Commons development. “Sustainability is really important for Cortex. It’s part of who we are, part of our DNA,” says Lower. “It’s important that we create an innovative, creative environment for professionals we are bringing in here, for the millennial workforce. It’s part of our live-work-play-learn 24/7 always-on environment.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
SLU entrepreneur mulling second appearance on Shark Tank
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/28/15)
Mention the words “business opportunity” to some college sophomores and chances are they’ll frame the phrase in terms of the entry-level job they’ll seek upon graduation. Mention the term to St. Louis University student and North Carolina-native Lachlan Johnson and you’ll hear an entirely different take. Johnson is in the midst of creating not her first, but her second business — at the age of 19. Her first business, Flipoutz, landed her an appearance on the ABC’s reality show Shark Tank. Venture No. 2, called Beaux Up, has already connected her with billionaire Warren Buffett. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SLU awarded federal contract to study ‘universal’ flu vaccine
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/27/15)
Saint Louis University is studying a concept for a universal flu vaccine, under a $1.1 million federal contract funding the project. The goal is to develop a vaccine that could protect people from influenza pandemics, as well as seasonal flu, university officials said in a release Monday. SLU was eligible for the award after being chosen as one of nine Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units(VTEUs) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2013, which enabled the university to bid on up to nearly $1 billion in projects to study protecting people from infectious diseases and emerging threats. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lessons Baltimore can learn from Ferguson
(KSDK, 4/28/15)
The images of violence and unrest from protests in Baltimore brought back emotions and memories for people in Ferguson. One woman who watched violence and looting tear her community apart says the situation in Baltimore has similarities to Ferguson, but also many differences. Ferguson Township Democratic Committee woman Patricia Bynes is part of the peaceful protest movement and felt the events in Ferguson after the police shooting death of Mike Brown would spark change across the country. Now she says Ferguson and Baltimore are on similar paths. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Smithsonian Institution acquires Ferguson-related protest art and signs
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/26/15)
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is adding protest artwork and signage to its permanent collection. Emily Bland, one of the artist-protesters, said the Smithsonian’s decision to conserve Ferguson protest art could cement the protests’ importance in the public eye. “It was really exciting because I think it gave everything that we’re been working toward a little bit more legitimacy,” said Emily Bland, 26. >> CLICK FOR MORE