St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | May 26, 2015
ST. LOUIS makes '25 Best Cities for Jobs' list
(KSDK-TV, 5/20/15)
St. Louis is being recognized as one of the best cities to land a job. >> CLICK FOR MORE 
Slay, in Europe, says St. Louis needs to improve international relations
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/14/15)
Mayor Francis Slay is in Europe this week on a trade mission designed to improve St. Louis' image abroad. Slay said St. Louis' geography, deep in the heartland, prevents it from gaining the notoriety and attention like places on the coasts. He said his mission is meant to keep St. Louis on the minds of business leaders in Europe, especially with those who already have a foothold in the region. Slay was joined by St. Louis County Councilman Pat Dolan, St. Louis Regional Chamber President Joe Reagan, World Trade Center St. Louis' Tim Nowak, former St. Louis Democratic Chairman Brian Wahby, and others. >> 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
Agritech Draws Thousands Seeking Israeli Innovation in Agriculture
(IBA News, 5/15)
Members of a St. Louis delegation are interviewed by the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA). >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nothing Impossible, Podcast
(KMOX, 5/20/15)
Michael Calhoun (KMOX), Travis Sheridan (Venture Café) and Donn Rubin (CEO, BioSTL) discuss what BioSTL is doing in Israel, and why BioSTL is trying to attract Israeli companies to the region.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ikea begins recruitment for 300 jobs to staff St. Louis store
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/19/15)
Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea has begun taking applications for nearly 300 jobs to staff its new store set to open this fall in St. Louis. Some of the available jobs are posted online at or applications are being taken at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) office at 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
What is the true spirit of St. Louis?
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/19/15)
How can an African-American kid from Clinton, Mo., be standing before you with so many of the pillars of the St. Louis community? Some of you may be saying, “Clinton, Missouri? Can anything good come from there?” A disciple named Nathanael once asked a similar question about Nazareth! And frankly, many people around the world are asking that same question about our community, “Can anything good come from St. Louis?” Well, the answer is absolutely, yes! >> CLICK FOR MORE
Startup founded by St. Louis mom promises more secure social networking for kids
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/19/15)
The creator of a new social networking platform that promises a safer, more secure social media experience for users of all ages is a St. Louis-area mother of two young daughters. So, as you might expect, Janel Patterson’s creation, called Frienedy, is a product of very personal experience. “I came up with the idea about five years ago when my two daughters were aged 11 and 7, and I was going through a divorce,” she said. Because her oldest daughter was a competitive gymnast who needed transportation at varying times from practices, Patterson and her husband purchased for their daughter an iPhone. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis is the birthplace of GMOs. Meet the woman who created them
(St. Louis Public Radio, 5/18/15)
Mary-Dell Chilton pioneered the field of genetic engineering in agriculture. She has spent most of her decades-long career working for Syngenta, where she founded the agribusiness company's research on genetically modified seeds. But Chilton started out in academia. And it was here in St. Louis, at Washington University, that she led the team that created the first genetically-modified plants in the early 1980s. >> CLICK FOR MORE
CIC@CET Construction Underway
(Construction Forum STL, 5/14/15)
Phase I of construction at CIC@CET, the $5 million Cortex Innovation Community project at the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) in St. Louis, was completed in April with Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as the owner’s representative. The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and Arcturis provided architectural design. CIC-St. Louis manages and operates CIC@CET. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University scientists join project to give prosthetics the sense of touch
(St. Louis Public Radio, 5/17/15)
Scientists at Washington University have been awarded just under $1.9 million to test a device that could help people with prosthetic hands feel what they are touching. The funding is part of a larger project sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department. Over the next three years biomedical engineering professor Dan Moran and his team will use the grant funding to test the device in macaque monkeys. If all goes well the device would then be tested on humans in clinical trials. >> CLICK FOR MORE
HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital receives Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/19/15)
BELLEVILLE — HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital has been awarded the 2015 "Greenhealth Partner for Change" Award by Practice Greenhealth, a national networking organization that urges health-care institutions to commit to eco-friendly practices. The award is one the organization gives each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health-care sector. The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognizes facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New 4-mile extension added to Missouri Research Park Trail
(KTVI, 5/19/15)
ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)- Look for a new four-mile extension to the Missouri Research Park Trail. It’s linking paths already within the park to improve the outdoor experience for residents. The new Greenway extension will create a loop for cyclists, walkers and runners to enjoy. The trails addition links the Busch Greenway with the Hamburg and Katy Trails. That will add up to 13.1 miles of trail. Great Rivers Greenway partnered with Mizzou for this project. The group works across the Metro area to create a clean, green, connected region between St. Louis City, County and St. Charles County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
13 Acres on The Hill Under Contract, Up To 500 Residential Units Planned
(nextSTL, 5/12/15)
nextSTL has learned the 13-acre former Owens-Illinois Glass Co. industrial complex on The Hill is under contract, again. nextSTL sources say the 540,000 square foot property straddling Daggett Avenue was recently listed for approximately $6 million by Berry Grant commercial real estate firm principle Bob Flynn. Among several offers for the property, Flynn is considering a $4 million offer. The earliest of plans for the site are said to include demolition with approximately 500 residential units expected.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
New construction underway at The Muny in Forest Park
(KTVI, 5/20/15)
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Construction is almost complete on a well- known section of Forest Park that’s undergoing a $3 million renovation. The area is known as the Upper Muny Lot. In just a matter of time, it’ll be called the Festival & Parking Plaza. The lot hasn’t been in good shape mostly because of its age and lack of upkeep. The lot is 75-years old and it spans 11-acres. At this time, it’s been crumbling with cracked asphalt and potholes. But thanks to tax credits and donor contributions, it’s being transformed into a multipurpose plaza, with space not just for parking but for festivals and charity runs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis celebrates 40th anniversary season
(St. Louis Public Radio, 5/15/15)
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis opens its 40th anniversary season on May 23 with a production of Rossini’s comic opera “The Barber of Seville.” Conducted by St. Louis native Ryan McAdams, the production features the Opera Theatre debut of mezzo-soprano Emily Fons in the role of Rosina. The season continues with Puccini’s romantic opera “La Rondine” opening on May 30. Former Gerdine Young Artist, soprano Sydney Mancasola sings the role of Lisette. >> CLICK FOR MORE
$250,000 support St. Louis arts programs that cross genres and reach out internationally
(St. Louis Public Radio, 5/19/15)
Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director for Jazz St. Louis, stands in the Public Media Commons in Grand Center as the PNC Arts Alive grants are about to be awarded. He’s enjoying a chilly, sun-dappled morning and the chance to discuss the Jazz St. Louis programing related to jazz and baseball funded by this grant. “This is our attempt to help people in the community draw connections to jazz in other parts of their lives,” said Dobbs Bradford. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Restaurants, reinvestment coming to Collinsville’s Main Street
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/17/15)
Main Street will soon be the home of two more downtown dining establishments. The proprietors of Reifschneider’s Grill and Grape in Freeburg and Columbia are planning a third metro-east locale in the former Apex Building, a 5,500-square-foot space at 100 E. Main St. in Collinsville, as well another restaurant and bar a few doors down at 118 E. Main St. The latter was the long-time home of the Fifth Quarter bar, which was sold to the Reifschneiders last week and will be renamed D. Boozer’s Food and Fire.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Record Number of Graduates for LCCC
(Alton Daily News, 5/18/15)
Lewis and Clark Community College is celebrating it's largest class in history. A record number of students will be walking at the Commencement ceremony for the 44th year. More than 1,000 students have already met the requirements to graduate and 235 are expected to take part in graduation. Retiring Lewis and Clark Board of Trustees Member Dr. Ed Hightower will speak at the ceremony. Dr. Hightower is known nationally as an NCAA division I basketball referee and is also the superintendent of the Edwardsville School District. LCCC Vice President for Enrollment Services Kent Scheffel tells The Big Z they expect a big turnout with families as well. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Maryville U plans new $20 million residence hall
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/15)
Anticipating steady growth in enrollment, Maryville University has announced a plan to complete a $20 million residence hall by fall 2016. Plans call for a four-story building in the northeast corner of the campus where Maryville's softball field is currently located. The softball field is expected to be relocated to be a part of a proposed new athletic complex also in the campuses' northeast corner. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Native Brings Personalized Craft Beer Coolers to Local Breweries
(Feast Magazine, 5/18/15)
While visiting craft breweries across the country with his wife, Nathan Merrick discovered a unique branding opportunity that he knew he could grow in his hometown of St. Louis. Craft Beer Coolers was born shortly thereafter, combining Merrick's love of craft beer with a complementary product he hopes to provide to local breweries and beyond. Merrick adds your logo of choice to stainless steel coolers that hold craft beer bottles perfectly. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sports league (not NFL or MLS) considers St. Louis for expansion
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/18/15)
St. Louis is among a handful of cities that are reportedly in the running to get a team in the American Track League. That’s according to several media reports, which say Atlanta-based track and field agent Paul Doyle is kickstarting the league. It could be in eight cities by 2016. Other cities include Atlanta; Boston; Jacksonville, Florida; Richmond, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Portland, Oregon; and Sacramento, California. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Illinois "Clean Jobs" Growth
(Alton Daily News, 5/16/15)
Illinois has 104,000 jobs in the “clean energy” business. This is according to a report by six organizations that work in the clean energy field, and the number represents a 7.8 percent increase in the last 15 months. Gail Parson, the Midwest advocate for Environmental Entrepreneurs, one of the organizations behind the report, says a lot of the work – 66 percent – is in energy efficiency. “The best way to save money on energy is not to use it, and that’s what these folks are helping businesses do by making their offices more energy efficient, and homeowners also,” she said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Scott AFB to get 41 jobs with start of new unit
(Belleville News-Democrat, 5/18/15)
Scott Air Force Base will get 41 new jobs as a result of the activation of Detachment 9 of the newly minted Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center. Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, AFIMSC commander, presided over the ceremony earlier this month as Col. Mark H. McCloud assumed command of Detachment 9, the Air Force announced.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Brittany Noble-Jones named NABJ Emerging Journalist of the Year
(St. Louis American, 5/15/15)
St. Louis native and KMOV-TV television reporter Brittany Noble-Jones has been named the 2015 Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). The award recognizes an early career journalist who, through their body of work, displays a commitment to NABJ's goal of outstanding achievement by black journalists and a commitment to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Local youth unemployment dropping, still high
(KSDK, 5/19/15)
It's estimated that 40,000 young people in the St. Louis region are not in school and not working. Experts say the youth unemployment rate and the skills gap mean a shortage of skilled workers now and in the future. STL Youth Jobs is in its third year of trying to meet that challenge head on. With more applicants that it can handle, the program is a collaboration of St. Louis city and county, the state of Missouri, local companies, and private donors. STL Youth Jobs pairs 16 to 24 year olds with a job coach and an employer who teach marketable job skills. More than 115 local companies are providing eight week summer jobs to young people. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson business districts slowly mend after riots
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/18/15)
More than five months after the last big eruption of destruction, the business districts of Ferguson and Dellwood are healing, albeit slowly. Most of the 18 buildings destroyed during the riots have been bulldozed flat, although at least two are still rubble. Most stores that were damaged but weren’t burned down have reopened, and others are being repaired. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Real estate market slows, but doesn’t stop, in Ferguson
(KTVI, 5/19/15)
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) _ Despite all the unrest in the streets of Ferguson, the St. Louis County town’s real estate market is holding its own. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that sales of homes are down in Ferguson in the more than nine months since the shooting of Michael Brown led to sometimes-violent protests, but they haven’t stopped. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson, Baltimore public libraries get help from VC investor Andreessen
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/21/15)
The public libraries in Ferguson and Baltimore, which served as a refuge during recent civil unrest in those cities, will receive nearly $170,000 in donated computers, printers and other equipment. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to make the donation, USA Today reports. Andreessen sits on the board of Hewlett-Packard and tapped a company program through which executives and directors can donate technology. Andreessen and Arrillaga-Andreessen are putting up $50,000 in exchange for $166,258 in equipment they are donating to the libraries in Ferguson and Baltimore, the newspaper reports. >> CLICK FOR MORE