St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Jul 17, 2015
St. Louis Regional Chamber gives its support to UberX
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/15/15)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber has come out in support of ride-hailing services such as UberX in the St. Louis market, saying new technologies and business models offer a path to increased prosperity and mobility.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Chamber, church and city join to save tool they call crucial to combatting city's gun violence
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/15/15)
St. Louis is joining a legal fight to retain a criminal charge officials say is necessary to control the gun violence plaguing the city. The city, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, SSM Healthcare, the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber are joining together in a amicus curiae brief (friend of the court) to the state Supreme Court. In three cases, St. Louis judges threw out unlawful possession of firearms charges based on their reading of Amendment 5.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis’ top academic institutions hiring tech talent
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/15)
Missouri is one of the fastest-growing states for tech jobs thanks to a plethora of St. Louis companies hiring in the sector. St. Louis is the 10th highest-paying city for tech professionals. And according to data from CareerBuilder, the supply of IT professionals in St. Louis remains lower than the number of jobs available. The region has only enough professionals to fill 9.5 percent of open IT jobs.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Harris-Stowe State University Will Soon Offer Advanced Degrees
(KTRS, 7/16/15)
Governor Jay Nixon visited the historically black university Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 334, which allows the school to offer graduate degrees for the first time. Nixon said that higher education is no longer a luxury for the fortunate few. He added “It’s a necessity. Among the most rapidly growing occupations, especially in the areas of science and technology, more than half require post secondary education. The math here is pretty simple. Better jobs equal better pay and better pay equals a better standard of living for workers and their families.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
Starbucks to open stores in Ferguson, low-income neighborhoods
(USA Today, 7/16/15)
Starbucks officials say they will open 15 new locations in low income and predominantly minority neighborhoods, including a store near the epicenter of last year's unrest in Ferguson, Mo., as part of an effort to broaden the coffee company's footprint in urban areas where they have set a goal of spurring job growth.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson non-profit starts project to empower youth
(KMOV, 7/14/15)
A new non-profit organization in Ferguson said it is working to turn a vacant strip mall into a thriving business plaza to raise funds for youth programs. Communities in Unity plans to redevelop the Springwood Plaza on West Florissant and rename it Unity Plaza.>> CLICK FOR MORE
New Ferguson Starbucks part of chain's effort to curb youth unemployment
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/15/15)
The first Starbucks in Ferguson will be among a handful of locations nationwide that are specially designed to provide a venue for young people who need job training, the company said Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis conventions hold steady despite Ferguson
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/16/15)
A large convention that threatened to leave St. Louis after 2016 over worries associated with Ferguson will stay an additional three years. Church of God in Christ, whose convocation attracts an estimated 28,000 people, will hold the event at America's Center in 2017, 2018 and 2019, a St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) spokesman said Friday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Urban League breaks ground at burnt-out QuikTrip site
(The St. Louis American, 7/16/15)
The burnt-out QuikTrip convenience store that became a symbol of racial unrest after a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager nearby almost a year ago will soon reopen as a community center focused on job-training for African Americans. The store was looted, burned and spray-painted "R.I.P. Mike Brown" before civilians pitched in and cleaned up the site. As rioting along West Florissant Road intensified, heavily armed police with armored vehicles pointed rifles at protesters and fired tear gas and “less lethal” projectiles into crowds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sigma-Aldrich gives money to BioSTL
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/15)
Sigma-Aldrich has given BioSTL, the St. Louis organization cultivating medical and plant bioscience companies, a $250,000 grant. The money will help BioSTL promote regional collaboration and increase global awareness about St. Louis’ strengths in bioscience, engaging women and minorities to consider opportunities in bioscience and increasing the availability of investment capital for St. Louis startups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
GMOs, Monsanto and the fight against climate change
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/13/15)
Twenty years ago, less than 10 percent of corn and soybean acres in the United States were planted with genetically engineered seeds, the type of biotechnology now commonly known as GMOs. Farmers have rushed to adopt the engineered seeds since then, in part because of climate change concerns.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Commerce Bancshares announces record second-quarter earnings per common share
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
Commerce Bancshares, Inc. has announced record earnings of 75 cents per common share for the three months ended June 30, 2015, compared to 61 cents per share in the prior quarter and 66 cents per share in the second quarter of 2014. Net income attributable to Commerce Bancshares, Inc. for the second quarter amounted to $74.4 million, compared to $61.1 million in the prior quarter and $66.5 million in the same quarter last year. For the quarter, the return on average assets was 1.26 percent, the return on average common equity was 12.9 percent and the efficiency ratio was 59.4 percent.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ameren earns solid customer satisfaction ranking from J.D. Power
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/15/15)
Ameren Missouri scored above average for customer satisfaction among big Midwestern utilities, according to a recent survey from J.D. Power. The company also topped its sister utility, Ameren Illinois, which scored lower but was still above average in the J.D. Power 2015 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Anheuser-Busch’s 7 Years with InBev Brings Financial Boost
(KMOX, 7/14/15)
Today marks the seven year anniversary of the InBev takeover of Anheuser-Busch. Former A-B executive Bill Finney says InBev made $2.5 Billion in cuts in the first few years after the merger. “It’s not just a whole lot of people laid off, it’s a huge impact on all of the suppliers, on the non-profits that benefited from the generosity of Anheuser-Busch.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
College is a Green Champion
(Alton Daily News, 7/13/15)
Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey continues to go greener, and a recent award seems to bear that out. The college has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2014-2015 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the NJCAA/Region 24.>> CLICK FOR MORE
After spinoff, Edgewell CEO eyes global growth, acquisitions
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/12/15)
St. Louis this month gained a new public company and a new corporate name with the successful split of Energizer Holdings into two consumer products giants. The company that kept the Energizer name is focused on batteries and lighting products, and remains based in Town and Country. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis officials approve $20M for land
(Fox 2 News, 7/11/15)
St. Louis aldermen have approved a financing package that will mortgage city buildings to raise $20 million in a bid to keep a national agency in St. Louis. The aldermen approved the plan Friday to mortgage two city buildings to free up $20 million to buy and assemble properties to try to keep the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and its 3,100 jobs in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis MAC preps for $2.4 million PACE retrofit
(The Missouri Times, 7/14/15)
The Missouri Athletic Club is beginning a $2.4 million energy-efficiency retrofitting of its historic downtown clubhouse through the City’s “Set the PACE St. Louis” clean-energy financing program, officials announced today. The project is expected to provide $200K in annual savings and will include improvements to the heating and cooling systems, among other improvements.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Air Masters Projects Named AGC Keystone Finalists
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 7/11/15)
Two Air Masters HVAC projects – the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and North County Technical High School in Florissant, MO – have been named finalists in the Construction Keystone Awards by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri. Finalists and winners will be announced at the AGC of Missouri Construction Awards Gala on November 12, 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE gets $1.5M federal grant for East St. Louis clinic
(The Alton Telegraph, 7/13/15)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). >> CLICK FOR MORE
Impact Strategies Begins Belleville Police Headquarters
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 7/11/15)
Construction-management firm Impact Strategies, in collaboration with the City of Belleville, today marked the start of construction for the city’s new police headquarters at a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site. Local dignitaries and officials from Belleville and the Chamber of Commerce joined Impact Strategies to commemorate the event.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Distribution Center Started at Gateway Commerce
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 7/9/15)
TriStar Properties broke ground on July 8 at Gateway Commerce Center in Edwardsville, on a $30 million, 717,060 square foot speculative distribution center.>> CLICK FOR MORE
500 Jobs for Veterans Available at St. Louis VA Job Fair
(KMOX, 7/15/15)
Thousands leaving active duty can get help transitioning to civilian life and finding a job this weekend. The Welcome Home Warrior Summit is holding a workshop and hiring fair this Saturday July 18, at Chaifetz Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brandy Scheer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization says while they’d like everyone to come dressed for interviews, there is good news if you don’t own a suit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Actress Kate Hudson’s Fabletics shop coming to Galleria
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/10/15)
The Saint Louis Galleria in Richmond Heights will soon be home to one of the nation’s first five Fabletics retail stores. The Business Journal reported last month that Fabletics was coming to St. Louis as part of an expansion beyond its online-only model, but the location was kept under wraps until late Thursday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE Head Start centers achieve Gold Circle of Quality designations
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start Belleville, Bluffview, Cahokia and Lovejoy Centers have received Gold Circle of Quality designations from ExceleRate Illinois, a quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Deaconess grants $500K for children
(The St. Louis American, 7/9/15)
Deaconess Foundation granted more than a half-million dollars to 30 projects in the St. Louis area that improve systems and encourage policies that enhance child well-being. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Monsanto gives Wash U STEM initiative $2.2 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/13/15)
The Monsanto Fund has given Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership a $2.2 million grant to help better teach students in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Washington University will use that money to invest in its MySci program, in which STEM students use interactive learning. >> CLICK FOR MORE
First public single-sex school for girls in Missouri set to open this August
(KPLR, 7/11/15)
St. Louis will soon be home to the first single-sex, public, charter school in the state that will focus on STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls is scheduled to open, August 17, 2015. The school, located at 1901 N. Kingshighway Boulevard is enrolling girls in the sixth and seventh grades on a first come first served basis. Tonight, on The Pulse of St. Louis, we’ll take a closer look at Hawthorn, its curriculum, and its mission.>> CLICK FOR MORE
New law gives waives license plate fees for combat veterans
(KTRS, 7/13/15)
Combat veterans returning from active duty will qualify for free Illinois license plates under legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports ( ) the new law takes effect in January 2017. It will waive the fees for one year after the veteran returns to Illinois.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Science Center commended for greatly reduced debt
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/14/15)
The Zoo-Museum District board is giving the Saint Louis Science Center a greatly improved bill of health. In the past five years the institution has reduced its debt from millions to a few hundred thousand dollars. “There’s been a vast improvement,” said ZMD board member Charles Valier.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Clearent leads St. Louis companies raising capital in second quarter
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/17/15)
Clearent, a payments processing firm in Clayton, had the St. Louis area's biggest venture-capital round during the second quarter of this year. According to the authoritative MoneyTree report, six St. Louis businesses raised a total of $35.9 million between April and June. That's down from $78.2 million in last year's second quarter, when medical technology firm Lumeris raised $71 million, but it's still the sixth-highest local three-month total since 2006. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cultivation Capital leads region’s investors
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/13/15)
Cultivation Capital, the venture capital firm from St. Louis that helps lead many pre-Series A funding rounds for local startup companies, was the region’s most active investor during the first half of this year.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Jobsite Unite: Better Communication for Construction Workers
(Techli, 7/9/15)
Working in construction can be a very confusing and hard to manage job, simply because of how involved certain projects are. With dozens of contractors and workers all collaborating at once, it is easy to lose track of all the action. Jobsite Unite is an application designed to keep all communication at a construction site simple and easy to access. By opening up all contact to one application, it’s less difficult for construction workers to follow what is happening on site.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
HIPAAtrek: Sarah Badahman on Managing and Mastering HIPAA
(Techli, 7/13/15)
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is the 1996 law passed as a means of protecting information about an individuals health insurance. Any health practitioners from your physician to your dentist are required by law to comply with HIPAA regulation in order to continue working. However, HIPAA requirements are notoriously complicated and difficult to manage. It has become extremely hard for health practitioners to keep up to date with HIPAA. HIPAAtrek, is a new application founded by Sarah Badahman, that helps practitioners to map out and manage HIPAA.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Zoo receives national, international recognition
(KMOV, 7/16/15)
St. Louis is getting recognition for its zoo as one of the top zoos to visit both in the country and in the world. The travel site TripAdvisor released their lists for best zoos and aquariums to visit in America and in the world. This year, TripAdvisor ranked the zoo No. 3 nationally and No. 8 on the international list.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Memorial earns recognition from gastrointestinal medical society
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
Memorial Hospital has been granted a three-year renewal recognition for quality and safety from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a gastrointestinal medical society.>> CLICK FOR MORE
UMSL program offers tuition aid for military members
(KQFX, 7/17/15)
A new scholarship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis aims to make it easier for members of the military to afford college. Starting this fall, UMSL's Servicemembers Tuition Assistance Scholarship program awards up to $1,000 per academic year to eligible students. It is open to those currently serving in the military. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SSM Health gets green light for senior facility
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/16/15)
SSM Health and a group of partners received state regulatory approval to build a $21 million senior care facility in Richmond Heights. The group plans to begin construction on the 88-bed assisted-living facility as soon as this fall, according to Michelle Yates, spokeswoman for the architecture firm, Lawrence Group, one of the project partners.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
WAsh U researchers find potential new strategy in fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/15/15)
Researchers at Washington University have found that some multidrug resistant bacteria intentionally get rid of the genes that protect them from antibiotics. That discovery could eventually provide a new way to treat deadly infections.
Molecular microbiologist Mario Feldman, who led the study, said that in the past, infections caused by a bacterium known as Asinetobacter baumannii were easily treated with antibiotics.
River terminal warehouse slated for renovation
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/16/15)
A nearly 55-year-old warehouse at the city of St. Louis’ Municipal River Terminal is set to get a nearly $400,000 upgrade after the St. Louis Port Authority Commission approved the project this week.
Built in 1961, the 90,000-square-foot facility at the terminal’s South Dock is in need of a thorough overhaul, according to Susan Taylor, head of port development for the authority.