St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Aug 17, 2015
North St. Louis Charter School Is A First For Missouri
(KMOX, 8/12/15)

Aug. 12, 2015 – Mayor Francis Slay speaks to students at Hawthorn Leadership School
in north St. Louis, the first all-girls public STEM school in Missouri (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Students at the Hawthorn Leadership School on North Kingshighway were only in their third day of class Wednesday, but they were already making history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
More charter schools opening in St. Louis City
(KMOV, 8/12/15)
Eight new charter schools will open in St. Louis for the upcoming school year.St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made the announcement at the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. Hawthorn’s primary focus is on science, technology, engineering and math. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Best Cities for Latinos: St. Louis' Burgeoning, Skilled Latino Population is its Greatest Attraction
(Latin Post, 8/12/15)

(Photo : Nan Palmero/Flickr)

St. Louis, Missouri relies heavily on its manufacturing, trade transportation of goods and tourism industries, but more and more the metropolis has grown to rely on its burgeoning Latino population, which offers the city labor and entrepreneurial spirit.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington U to host Startup Connection in November
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/15)
Washington University will host the 2015 Startup Connection on Nov. 18, showcasing the city’s innovation, talent and technology.The event, presented by Accelerate St. Louis, is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and is expected to draw more than 1,300 people including entrepreneurs, investors and those working to support startups.
Hansen named interim chancellor at SIUE
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
Stephen Hansen, PhD, will serve as interim chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville effective Saturday, Aug. 15. In a special session today at B. Bernard Birger Hall on the Edwardsville campus, the SIU board of trustees approved Hansen for a one-year appointment, during which a search for a new chancellor will be conducted. >> CLICK FOR MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/12/15)
The leader of an influential downtown St. Louis booster group has resigned. Downtown STL Inc. announced Wednesday that CEO Doug Woodruff will leave his position at the end of the month. Missy Kelley, the group’s chief operating officer, will replace him. >> CLICK FOR MORE
ITEN launches program to pair corporations with tech startups
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/10/15)
ITEN is rolling out a new corporate engagement program aimed at bringing together St. Louis corporations and tech startups.The program hopes to foster relationships between established, experienced companies and tech startups using several structured initiatives geared toward connecting the two communities in mutually beneficial ways. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis tech companies thrive on Inc.’s ‘Fastest Growing’ list
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/13/15)
More than 40 St. Louis-area companies appear in this year’s version of the Inc. 5000, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Many of them shared a common trait: tech.Whether it was a tech-based company or a company that has invested heavily in technology, innovation or a dedication to adopting new technology seems to fuel fast growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New freight district head aims to move bi-state forward
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
Mary Lamie, the former Illinois Department of Transportation Region 5 director of highways, will put her experience to good use as executive director of the new St. Louis Regional Freight District. “I think the St. Louis region has a lot to gain from this, from an economic development perspective,” said Lamie, who began the job July 1. “The support has been absolutely remarkable and I think everyone recognizes the tremendous opportunity we have as a region.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis a U.S. Model in Workforce Development
(Construction Forum St. Louis 8/12/15)
Recent articles in national media show that St. Louis is on the cutting edge for apprenticeship programs, at least in the construction arena. The message is getting out nationally that apprenticeships provide an alternative path to college, with workers getting a tuition-free education and employers gaining a skilled and educated workforce. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Gateway Commerce Center: 5,000 jobs and counting
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
St. Louis developer Mike Towerman got his first look at the land on which Gateway Commerce Center sits in 1992, years before a single wall had been constructed. He admits he underestimated the potential. “A friend of mine sent me over to look at an opportunity at that very interchange — the radio tower property owned by KXEN,” he recalled. “It had a sign on it: ‘70 acres for sale.’ I thought, ‘What is anybody going to do with this?’”>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ameren investing $4.5 million to upgrade substations, energy delivery in East St. Louis area
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
Ameren Illinois is investing $4.5 million in the East St. Louis area on energy infrastructure upgrades to improve the reliability and performance of its delivery systems for residential and business customers throughout southern Illinois.
The company says the improvements will be placed into service by the end of 2015.
Urban League national conference coming to STL
(The St. Louis American, 8/12/15)
During its 2015 Gala in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Aug. 1, the National Urban League announced it has selected St. Louis as the host city for its 2017 Annual Conference. Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, said the event will bring more than 3,800 attendees to St. Louis. Its Youth Leadership Summit, which will take place concurrently at Washington University, will include approximately 350 young people. >> CLICK FOR MORE
City program uses summer jobs to reduce youth violence
(KMOV, 8/12/15)
St. Louis city administrators believe they have found a solution to the frequent question of job and career opportunities available for young African-Americans.City leaders have tackled the situation head-on with the third year of the STL Youth Jobs program, which provides summer job and internship opportunities for under-privileged youth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/13/15)
Planned or underway are rehabs of old buildings — including a firehouse — that would add more than 200 apartments on the west side of downtown.Work began early this year to redo a 126-year-old brick warehouse built for drying tobacco as 87 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Sherman Associates, a housing developer based in Minneapolis, hopes to complete the project at 1900 Pine Street in December. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New Local Study Shows Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment
(KMOV, 8/5/15)
A new local study examines insulin’s potential to treat dementia.St. Louis University researchers found that insulin delivered through the nose in a must to mice with Alzheimer’s-like conditions, saw their memory dramatically improve. The SLU researchers are led by Dr. John Morley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Wash U gets $7 million Gates grant to fight tropical diseases
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/14/15)
A Washington University doctor is resuming his battle with long-neglected tropical diseases thanks to a $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant supports a team led by Dr. Gary Weil, an infectious disease specialist at Washington University School of Medicine, that is working to eliminate river blindness and elephantiasis, both parasitic worm diseases. The team is conducting 12 field projects in eight countries in Africa and in the Asia-Pacific region, where the diseases are common. The funding will allow a research project in Liberia to resume after being suspended in March 2014 due to the Ebola epidemic, officials said.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Southwestern Illinois Business Expo inaugural event draws 200 to Collinsville
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/12/15)
Thirty businesses and more than 200 professionals from the metro area attended the inaugural Southwestern Illinois Business Expo.The inaugural day-long event was Wednesday at the Gateway Center. Richard Avdoian, president of the Edwardsville-based Midwest Business Institute, partnered with monthly business magazine Small Business Monthly to organize the event. Avdoian said he was pleased with the turn out and hopes the expo will become a regularly reoccurring event. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Company Designs Wristband App to Manage Stress
(KMOX, 8/14/15)
A St. Louis company is working on an health application that will monitor your mental health from a wristband. It’s similar to the Fitbit technology of reading your heart rate from the pulse on your wrist. The company is Data Dog, and its first app is called Mindset, an app to help you manage your stress. Data Dog CEO Elizabeth Russell says your stress level is monitored from a device on your wrist. She was wearing one during our interview. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Brewery hopes to tap creative minds to deal with drought
(Los Angeles Times, 8/14/15)
It's a new approach to an old-school solution for a state gripped by severe drought: Place a brick in a toilet tank to conserve water with every flush.The new version, dubbed Drop-A-Brick 2.0, will be unveiled Thursday as part of an unusual effort to stimulate water-saving inventions through crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. The odd mix of participants includes beer companies (big water users) and water conservation programs (big water scolds). >> CLICK FOR MORE
McDonald’s gives 24 outstanding students scholarships
(KTVI, 8/12/15)
McDonald’s St. Louis and Metro East are teaming up to help 24 outstanding students dream of going to college become a reality. Local owners of McDonald’s Wednesday gave out $72,000 of scholarships to the students.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Greater East St. Louis Community Fund awards 24 scholarships
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund has awarded 24 scholarships to East St. Louis residents to pay for their college education. Students received scholarships, ranging from $1,000-$4,000, each year for four years.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Donations Power Kids’ Construction Dreams
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 8/12/15)
Six hundred St. Louis children will soon be able to go to sleep with dreams of the whimsical, anthropomorphic equipment on a construction site, thanks to the donations that two companies made to the Construction Forum Education Foundation.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Year-to-date Metro East home sales on rise
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois says year-to-date home sales numbers are on the rise. In its most recent report, the agency said St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton, and Randolph counties all reported an increase in year-to-date home sales in June 2015 compared to June 2015. Additionally, St. Clair and Clinton counties also recorded a monthly increase in home sales in June 2015 compared to last June.  >> CLICK FOR MORE