St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Jul 10, 2015
What Makes Silicon Prairie the Friendliest Tech Hub Ever
(Inc., 7/3/15)
With the cost of living in San Francisco and Silicon Valley astronomical, some startup entrepreneurs are even leaving the tech mecca for more affordable arrangements. A similar high-tech exodus took place over a decade ago, but this time, it seems more noticeable. Folks and the companies they work for are setting up where the land is flat, cost of living is low, and people still genuinely ask how you're doing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nixon signs bill mandating municipal court changes and setting standards
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/9/15)
Amid continued concerns over the state’s response to last summer’s Ferguson unrest, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed what he calls “the most comprehensive and sweeping municipal court reform bill in Missouri history.” The governor and a bipartisan cadre of the bill’s sponsors gathered triumphantly Thursday in a courtroom at the historic old St. Louis Post Office. The setting offered up a symbol of the changes that the bill – officially known as Senate Bill 5 – imposes on communities and their local courts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis business leader brings lessons from Ferguson unrest to Baltimore
(The Baltimore Sun, 7/8/15)
The leader of a Missouri chamber of commerce with fresh lessons from last year's civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., urged Baltimore business leaders on Wednesday to push for policies discouraging "institutionalized racism and segregation." Joe Reagan, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, spoke to members of the Baltimore and Baltimore County chambers about his experiences helping businesses rebound from rioting and looting after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown last August. He stressed that business leaders can and should help guide public discussions about racial inequality. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Businesses must have 'difficult conversation about race,' St. Louis chamber CEO says
(Baltimore Business News, 7/8/15)
Businesses need to talk about the most divisive issues at the heart of recent rioting in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo. — including race and police militarization. That message came from St. Louis Regional Chamber CEO Joseph Reagan on Wednesday at an event jointly hosted by the Baltimore City and Baltimore County chambers of commerce. Reagan's remarks were some of the strongest made in Baltimore encouraging businesses to wade into the social issues that led to unrest after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson QT to be transformed into training center

(KSDK, 7/10/15)
The effort to erect a Ferguson job training center at the site of a former convenience store that was looted and burned after last summer's fatal police shooting of Michael Brown is underway. On the 11-month anniversary of Brown's death, officials broke ground Thursday on what will be the Urban League Community Empowerment Center. It will feature Urban League programs and social service partners.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Looted Ferguson store to be transformed into training center
(Associated Press / The Washington Times, 7/9/15)
Heralded as hope for economic empowerment of young black men, construction was launched Thursday on a job-training center where a QuikTrip once stood before being looted and torched a night after last summer’s police shooting death of Michael Brown.The groundbreaking ceremony for what will become the Urban League Community Empowerment Center came 11 months to the day that Brown died roughly three-quarters of a mile away, spawning sometimes violent protests and a national “Black Lives Matter” crusade.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Editorial: Go East
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/10/15)
As the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency narrows its site selection for a new headquarters in the metropolitan area, our region once again finds itself immersed in internecine warfare. Will the 3,000 jobs land in Illinois or Missouri? Is the North St. Louis site too bogged down in litigation to effectively compete? Is the St. Louis County site too suburban?    >> CLICK FOR MORE


(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/7/15)
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital has earned the highest quality rating from the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. Siteman on Tuesday announced its “exceptional” rating, awarded to just a handful of research centers nationwide by the National Cancer Institute. Others include the Mayo Clinic and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Six Cities Where Millennials Can Afford to Pay Rent
(Bloomberg Business, 7/10/15)
Dear young people who are deep in the struggle of life as adults: Would you like to pay a little less to sleep in your bed at night? If your answer is "yes, a lot," perhaps you should consider shipping off to Missouri. The state is home to two of the cities where millennials are most likely to find rents they can actually afford, according to an analysis that Zillow conducted for Bloomberg. >> CLICK FOR MORE
From the publisher: Civic attitude adjustment
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/3/15)
If I told you about a business community that is home to nine Fortune 500 headquarter companies with combined revenue of nearly $200 billion, at least seven universities, two research medical centers plus a world-class symphony, arguably one of the best botanical gardens in the U.S., strong private schools and admired suburban public schools, wouldn’t you want to know more? If I added a great park system and one of the most generous philanthropic communities by all sorts of measures, would you wonder if it sounds too good to be true? >> CLICK FOR MORE
Edward Jones tops J.D. Powers ranking for employee satisfaction
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/2/15)
Edward Jones ranked first in employee satisfaction in a J.D. Powers survey of financial advisers, the seventh consecutive time. Raymond James & Associates ranked second, followed by Charles Schwab & Co. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Program at Edward Jones encourages cross-cultural mentorships
(The St. Louis American, 7/9/15)
If everyone adopted mentorship as a lifestyle, the world would be a different place, said actor Malik Yoba, who spoke on June 12 at the culminating event of Edward Jones’ cross-cultural mentoring program. “My life would not be where it is without the people that have fed into me,” Yoba said, “and even more importantly the people whose lives I’ve fed into.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis-based nonprofit helps launch federal veterans' initiative
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/5/15)
St. Louis is one of the first 25 cities where a new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' initiative to give veterans more educational and employment opportunities launches this summer. The new Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) will link veterans with jobs and services offered by businesses, schools and nonprofits in local communities, to help "transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans in the community achieve long-term economic success," according to the VA. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Your guide to St. Louis’ largest international companies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/3/15)
Bunge Ltd. topped this week’s list of St. Louis’ largest international companies again, with 2014 international sales at $44.96 billion. The global agribusiness and food company had 2014 revenue of $57.2 billion, and does business in areas such as Europe, Brazil, Asia, Argentina and Canada.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Roberto Garcia and Nate Merrick on Listo
(Techli, 7/3/15)
In 2010 while viewing Iron Man 2 in theaters, Roberto Garcia witnessed a father and son dismissed from the theater after causing a disturbance. The son was translating the movie for his Spanish speaking father. Seeing this, Garcia was inspired to create a product that would allow non-english speakers to have translated entertainment at their fingertips. Together with colleague Nate Merrick, the two left their corporate jobs and founded Listo.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Precision Electrical and Lighting wins RBGA award
(The Alton Telegraph, 7/4/15)
A Bethalto mainstay was recognized for its longevity and commitment to the community Wednesday. The RiverBend Growth Association presented its Small Business of the Month award to Precision Electrical and Lighting Supply on Wednesday. The business, located at 502 E. Bethalto Drive in Bethalto, was the winner for the month of July.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Amdocs completes $273 million acquisition
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/2/15)
Amdocs Ltd., the Chesterfield-based customer management software company, has completed its planned acquisition of most of the assets of Comverse Technology’s business support systems (BSS) for $273 million in cash. The deal was announced in April. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Plans Progress for New BJC West County Hospital
(Construction Forum StL, 7/1/15)
nextSTL has learned Christner Inc. was recently selected as design lead for the proposed new BJC West County Hospital at Olive Boulevard and Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The 31-acre campus is about one mile west of Interstate 270. A new, approximately $100 million, facility is expected to replace the 77-bed general medical and surgical hospital.> CLICK FOR MORE
Panel Focuses on Transformative Projects
(Construction Forum STL, 7/1/15)
On the face of it the new Musial/VeteransBridge, CityArchRiver, IKEA, and Ballpark Village couldn’t be more disparate projects. One commonality links all of them: Each of these additions to St. Louis’ built environment should radically impact the future of our area. On the evening of June 25 at Washington University in St. Louis, the “Building St. Louis Construction Transformation” panel discussed the social and economic transformations their projects are bringing about in St. Louis.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Harness, leverage diversity to solve complex problems
(The St. Louis American, 7/2/15)
Fourth year medical students at Saint Louis University School of Medicine were recognized recently for fostering diversity in the school and community at the annual John H. Gladney M.D. Awards dinner. Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., chief diversity officer at the Association of Medical Colleges was the guest speaker for this year’s John H. Gladney M.D. awards at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He said the simple definition for diversity is difference. Nivet explained that difference – or diversity, in and of itself is not inherently good – however, diversity can be used for good in order to solve complex issues. >> CLICK FOR MORE
O'Fallon gets high honors as community for veterans in consumer-site ranking
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
Mayor Gary L. Graham says O’Fallon was been ranked as the 18th best community in America for veterans by the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet. O’Fallon is the only community in Illinois to appear on the top-50 list.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Tournament raises money to fight cancer
(The Alton Telegraph, 7/3/15)
Saint Anthony’s 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course raised over $80,000 for the hospital’s cancer program.The tournament, hosted by OSF Saint Anthony’s Foundation, included long-time event supporters Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, Team Fredbird and the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis makes ‘Best Cities For Foodies’ list
(KTVI, 7/6/15)
Here’s proof that St. Louis is good for foodies. The city recently landed on the website Nerdwallet’s list of ‘Best Cities For Foodies.’ The website looked at 50 US cities with populations of at least 300,000. The study focused on the number of restaurants, breweries and farmers markets in each city. St. Louis came in at number 14 on the list.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis restaurant lands high in customer satisfaction index
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/1/15)
Panera Bread scored among the highest of fast food and fast casual restaurants in an annual report on consumer satisfaction with the foodservice industry. The St. Louis-based chain of bakery-cafes had an indexed score of 80 in its first appearance on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s Restaurant Report 2015. Panera’s was the third-highest score among limited service restaurants. Ahead of it were Chik-fil-A, with 86, and Chipotle, with 83.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Home construction in the St. Louis area on the upswing
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/10/15)
As an executive at a prominent St. Louis homebuilding company puts it, “The lumber is flying.” Carl Hausmann, vice president of Fischer & Frichtel, was referring to Miralago, one of the homebuilder’s projects where workers are busy putting up houses. Miralago, in Cottleville, is in St. Charles County, the center of activity in the St. Louis area’s busy homebuilding market this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Operation Hope partners with Regions Bank, STL treasurer
(The St. Louis American, 7/2/15)
Economic empowerment sites are coming to a Regions Bank branch in Jennings and St. Louis City Hall, thanks to partnerships that Operation Hope has forged with the bank and with St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones. Sites for Hope Inside, a project of John Hope Bryant’s not-for-profit Operation Hope, offer a HUD-approved mortgage counselor, an SBA-approved office for entrepreneurship and small business, and consumer credit counseling.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Danforth Center phenotyper machine helps find drought resistant corn
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/15)
Laumeier expansion complete after decade of planning
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/1/15)
This week marks the end of construction on Laumeier Sculpture Park’s fine arts center. According to park Executive Director Marilu Knode, the entire building was designed to bridge the gap between future indoor exhibits and its already established outdoor collection. “You know we’re an outdoor park, we don’t need a fancy building, we need something that’s like a barn!” she said. >> CLICK FOR MORE