St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Jun 19, 2015

Regional leaders kick off the "Take Pride in St. Louis" campaign on June 18 at the Forest Park Visitor Center, following the St. Louis Regional Chamber's June Board of Directors meeting.  From left: St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation Chairman Kim Tucci; St. Louis Economic Development Partnership CEO Denny Coleman; Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois Executive Director Ellen Krohne; St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe Reagan; St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger; St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission President Kitty Ratcliffe; and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. 
Regional chamber head says St. Louis needs 'swagger'
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/18/15)
When it comes to promoting the region, the head of the St. Louis Regional Chamber reached for the Urban Dictionary to define “swagger.” At a St. Louis Civic Pride event Thursday unveiling commercials touting the area, Joe Reagan said “swagger” was “how one presents him or herself to the world.” Reagan, president and CEO of the chamber, said this confidence should be used when telling others the story of St. Louis.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis civic pride campaign aims to make residents 'ambassadors' for region
(St. Louis Public Radio, 6/18/15)
A new media campaign launched by the nonprofit St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation on Thursday is encouraging St. Louisans to tell their "positive and authentic" stories about the region on social media. The "Take Pride in St. Louis" campaign features a website where people can share their stories, as well as broadcast and print ads of St. Louis celebrities like Bob Costas, Joe Buck and Jackie Joyner-Kersee extolling the region's virtues.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis unveils multimedia bid to boost pride, image
(Associated Press, 6/18/15)
A new marketing campaign is meant to promote pride in the St. Louis region nearly a year since the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson fueled unrest and battered the area’s image. Regional leaders were to unveil the multimedia effort during a news conference Thursday morning in Forest Park, one of St. Louis’ gems. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Regional Chamber opposes $15 minimum wage for city  
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/17/15)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber said Wednesday it opposes a bill that would raise the city of St. Louis’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. Hart Nelson, director of public affairs and issues management, said in an interview that he and other staff members have talked to dozens of the business group’s members, and that the majority — more than 65 percent — oppose the bill, which was filed by Alderman Shane Cohn and is supported by Mayor Francis Slay.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Regional Chamber opposes $15 St. Louis minimum wage
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/17/15)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber opposes a bill that would raise the city's minimum wage to $15, Chamber President Joe Reagan said Wednesday. "If passed, we believe it will negatively impact workers, further fragment local government and weaken the city of St. Louis," Reagan said Wednesday at a breakfast hosted by UHY Advisors. The Regional Chamber hadn't previously taken a public position on the bill, which was discussed Tuesday by an aldermanic committee. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Bull Moose to move Chesterfield headquarters to Grand Center
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/19/15)
The Missouri Theatre building in Grand Center will be transformed into the new headquarters for Bull Moose Industries and a 145-room hotel, officials announced Thursday.>>CLICK FOR MORE
Tube maker moving to expanded headquarters in Grand Center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/19/15)

Bull Moose Industries, a maker of metal tubing used in construction, is moving its headquarters from Chesterfield to a renovated Missouri Theatre Building in Grand Center, and adding 25 jobs. Bull Moose’s parent, U.K.-based Caparo Group, will invest in renovating the vacant 12-story building into a multi-use development including offices, a 145-room hotel and retail. Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith will co-own the building, at 634 N. Grand Blvd., with Caparo. >>CLICK FOR MORE

Suzanne Sitherwood, Sue McCollum co-chair 2015 United Way campaign
(St. Louis American, 6/16/15) 
"I am the energy and she is the spirit of the campaign.” That’s how Suzanne Sitherwood, CEO of the Laclede Group, described her work with Sue McCollum, CEO of Major Brands, in co-chairing the 2015 United Way of Greater St. Louis fundraising campaign. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Danny's spiritual calling
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/12/15)
When Danny Ludeman announced in 2013 that he was stepping down as head of Wells Fargo Advisors at age 56, he said it was because he felt a calling from God to help more people. He didn’t know exactly what he was going to do, maybe full-time nonprofit work, or even elected office. He just wasn’t sure, but he knew he wanted to do it in St. Louis, even though he had spent most of his life in Richmond, Virginia. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cultivation Capital invests in Indianapolis startup
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/17/15)
Cultivation Capital, the St. Louis-based venture capital firm, has invested $500,000 into Bluebridge, an Indianapolis-area startup that has developed a mobile app communication platform for organizations to connect with their audience.The investment is part of a larger $2 million round that also includes Bill Godfrey, founder of Aprimo, Scott Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of ExactTarget, and Tim Kopp, former CMO of ExactTarget.>> CLICK FOR MORE
World Wide Technology readies strategy for continued growth
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/14/15)

Over the last 25 years, World Wide Technology has become one of the St. Louis region’s largest companies. After pulling in an estimated $6.7 billion in revenue last year, the Maryland Heights-based information technology systems integrator shows no signs of slowing down. >> CLICK FOR MORE

On fire: Fastest growing companies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/12/15)
As you’ll read in this St. Louis Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies exclusive, these 25 local companies have seen revenue explode over the past few years. They were able to do this by growing their client base, augmenting training and sales leadership, expanding markets or investing in technology. Those at the top of the list — companies that have grown revenue by more than 200 percent — did all that and more.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis firms awarded $300 million in New Markets Tax Credits
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/15/15)
Multiple banks, the city of St. Louis' development arm and developers were awarded $300 million funding in the latest round of federal New Markets Tax Credits.>> CLICK FOR MORE
JJK Foundation funded for STEM education
(St. Louis American, 6/15/15)
The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation recently received two donations to help fund STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education among youth in East St. Louis. BP America and Bank of America each donated $10,000 to help launch the new STEM program. The funding will be used to update computers and software, provide education consultants, and fund college field trips.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Enterprise picks up two Brooklyn car rental brands
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/17/15)
Continuing its string of recent acquisitions,Enterprise Holdings announced Wednesday it has purchased a pair of car rental brands that primarily operate in Brooklyn, New York.Terms of the purchase of AllCar Rent-a-Car, a neighborhood car rental provider, and Carpingo, a car sharing service, from Citiwide Auto Leasing Inc. of Brooklyn weren’t disclosed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Danforth Center wins $8 million DOE grant for sorghum project
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/18/15)
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has won an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study and breed sorghum hybrids for bioenergy.>> CLICK FOR MORE
These 11 startups just won Arch Grants
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/18/15)
Arch Grants, the business plan competition that gives $50,000 non-equity grants to startups from around the world, has announced the winners of its latest competition. The competition has become a staple of the St. Louis startup community, giving many early stage companies access to expert advisers and recognition with local investors.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Argentinian startup establishes North American HQ in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/18/15)
Solapa4, an agtech startup from Argentina that was initially brought to St. Louis thanks to a $100,000 investment from The Yield Lab, is now establishing its North American headquarters at the Helix Center, located in St. Louis County. Led by CEO Rodrigo Ramirez Crouchett and CFO Tomas Pena, Solapa4 is a data gathering and analytics company that can predict the agricultural performance of land. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE School of Pharmacy awarded $2.65 million grant for Alzheimer’s research
(Illinois Business Journal, 6/15)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy researchers have been awarded a five-year, $2.65 million grant from the National Institute of Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to strengthen their efforts in combating Alzheimer’s disease. The SIUE School of Pharmacy research team, comprised of medicinal chemists, pharmacologists and pharmaceutics experts, will use the funding to develop a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nursing scholarship launched for prospects from Ferguson
(Fox 2 Now, 6/15/15)
A nurse spurred by the racial unrest in Ferguson following last summer’s police shooting death of Michael Brown is giving prospective nurses from that St. Louis suburb an educational break.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Delta Dental recognizes SIU dental school students
(Alton Telegraph, 6/14/15)
A pair of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine students have been awarded $2,500 grants respectively from Delta Dental of Illinois for their commitment to improve oral health in Illinois.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Chapman gears up leadership institute with $1 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 6/19/15)
Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of manufacturing conglomerate Barry-Wehmiller, has committed $1 million so far to the company’s BW Leadership Institute, and now he’s found a home for it.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Muny on a Fast Track on Stage and at the Box Office
(KMOX, 6/11/15)
For an organization that is 97-years-old, The Muny is moving at an incredible pace. It’s reputation and credentials, especially on Broadway, have never been greater. And St. Louisans seem to be right in step.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Loop Trolley Adds Technological Expansion to Plan
(KMOX, 6/17/15)
Plans to bury fiber optic cables underneath The Loop Trolley’s tracks are almost finalized, just as construction starts on Delmar. The data transportation technology is 100-times faster than internet speeds available today.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Home sales generally up in latest Greater Gateway Realtor figures
(Illinois Business Journal, 6/15)
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors this week released figures for home sales in May. >> CLICK FOR MORE