St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Aug 21, 2015
GlobalHack V is making St. Louis a Winner
(Accelerate St. Louis, 8/19/15)
GlobalHack is making the St. Louis tech community better through hackathons. A hackathon is a programming competition where software developers, designers and entrepreneurs from around the country build products over the course of a weekend. The winners are awarded cash prizes that reach $50,000+, but the real winner is St. Louis as we have the opportunity to showcase our city and the local talent that drives our growing entrepreneurial culture.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ikea's pre-opening events include hot air balloon, day at Ballpark Village
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/18/15)
Six weeks before it opens its doors to customers on Sept. 30, Ikea employees are busy assembling furniture for 46 room settings at the new St. Louis store and planning a month filled with activities.Rows upon rows of stacked dishes, sheets and other home accessories are now in place at the 380,000-square-foot store under construction on Vandeventer Avenue at Highway 40 (Interstate 64). It's the Swedish retailer's only U.S. store opening in 2015.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Dollar to join Ludeman at Concordance Academy 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/19/15)
Gary Dollar, former president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, will take on the job of chief administrative officer of the Concordance Academy of Leadership effective Aug. 24. Danny Ludeman, former head of Wells Fargo Advisors and now president and CEO of the St. Louis-based academy, announced the appointment Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Regional Chamber Annual Event:
Creating Tomorrow Together – St. Louis Innovators

Register today to attend the St. Louis Regional Chamber Annual Event No. 178 on September 16. >> CLICK FOR MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/19/15)
Better Weekdays, a St. Louis-based job-matching software company, has been chosen to participate in a Chicago business incubator run by DeVry Education Group. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Black engineers bond to boost STEM
(The St. Louis American, 8/20/15)

The Pre-College Initiative of the National Society of Black Engineers, St. Louis Chapter,
is located at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Rd. in Ferguson.
More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program.

The St. Louis Gateway chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a group of professional engineers who are the driving force behind developing the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders. One of our main thrusts is to interest students in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), because we understand science, technology, engineering and math liberal arts degrees are the degrees of the 21st century. >> CLICK FOR MORE
HUD chief Castro awards St. Louis County $26 million in development funds
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/19/15)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide more than $26 million to St. Louis County for residential and commercial development. It’s the second time in recent months HUD made a high-profile resources-related announcement in the St. Louis area.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Israel-Based Evogene Establishes US Headquarters In St. Louis, Missouri
(Area Development News, 8/17/15)
Israeli biotechnology company Evogene will establish its United States headquarters at the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Evogene’s expansion includes a $1 million capital investment and is expected to create 15 new high-paying jobs in the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Libla talks transportation with STL Regional Chamber
(The Missouri Times, 8/18/15)
The state lawmaker that championed an increase in the gas tax to fund Missouri’s roads was invited to the St. Louis Regional Chamber Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting today to discuss continuing efforts to funnel more money into MoDOT. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Missouri board OKs tax credits to build a stadium for St. Louis Rams
(Los Angeles Times, 8/21/15)
A Missouri board approved $15 million in tax credits Tuesday for a new riverfront football stadium in downtown St. Louis, the first piece of an effort by state leaders aimed at either preventing the Rams from moving west or luring another team to the city in their place.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Gainsight among fastest of the fastest-growing companies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
More than 40 St. Louis-based companies were among the nation’s fastest growing businesses, with Mid America Logistics topping the local ranking at No. 77 on the Inc. 5,000 list. But another company with significant St. Louis was growing even faster. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Loans available for energy improvements
(Missouri Department of Economic Development, 8/18/15)
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals. In total, the Department is making $7.5 million available for these entities to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.>> CLICK FOR MORE
11 finalists named for first Stadia Ventures’ sports accelerator
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/19/15)
Stadia Ventures, the new St. Louis startup accelerator that focuses on early stage sports companies, has narrowed its applicant field from almost 200 startups to 11 finalists.From those 11 startups, five will be selected to take part in Stadia’s first accelerator program, which will invest $100,000 into companies for an equity stake. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Now hiring in IT: SKF, Salvation Army, Centene and St. Louis startups
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
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 following are a few places you can find jobs in the tech industry in St. Louis right now. Or you can check out a full list of St. Louis tech jobs here.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
How to get a piece of $4.7 billion in MSD work
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/17/15)
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is in the early stages of a 23-year project to meet requirements of a $4.7 billion settlement it reached in 2011 with the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s good news for construction companies with the right experience.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Local bank pledges donations for #HowIFight
(KTVI, 8/19/15)
Shawn Hagan, regional president of Fifth Third Bank St. Louis, says the bank will donate $1 to the Stand Up 2 Cancer charity for each photo using the hashtag #HowIFight on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine. Since partnering with SU2C in 2013, Fifth Third Bank has given more than $4.2 million to the charity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Health record startup snags $1.7 million financing
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund has led a $1.66 million financing round for St. Louis-based startup BlueStrata. BlueStrata, founded in 2012 and led by President Tony Coco, is a cloud-based electronic health record system that caters to the long-term care market. Coco is a former director of marketing services and brand management for Victor Technologies, a cutting and welding equipment provider that was acquired in 2014 by Maryland-based Colfax Corp. for $947 million.>> CLICK FOR MORE
New regional district looks to multimodal freight management for economic growth
(Alton Telegraph, 8/20/15)
Different sectors met Thursday morning to hear the state of freight in the region, particularly Southwest Illinois, and officially learned the St. Louis Regional Freight District formed six weeks ago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Bi-State Development agency promoting overall role, not just Metro
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/18/15)
For many years people often referred to the Bi-State Development Agency as Metro, the public transit arm of the development agency. However, Bi-State does more than just provide public transportation in the region. Bi-State Development Agency, the parent agency of Metro, has launched a renewed marketing effort to promote the Bi-State Development brand as more than just a transit agency, and emphasize its role in development.>> CLICK FOR MORE
KWAME to Manage Maryville Expansion/Renovation
(Construction Forum STL, 8/18/15)
Maryville University in St. Louis has contracted Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as construction project manager on a $1.1 million expansion and athletic office renovation at the John E. and Adaline Simon Athletic Center. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2016. The architect is ACI Boland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
First Look at World Wide Technologies HQ
(NextSTL, 8/13/15)
TIn April of this year it was reported that St. Louis tech behemoth World Wide Technology had signed a letter of intent to construct a new headquarters at Westport Plaza. The move to the new building will be a short one. Currently located at 701 Fee Fee Lane in Maryland Heights, WWT opened a new two-story, 57,200 sf headquarters in 2013. That project included a 150-seat auditorium and specialized video-enabled smart conference rooms and an Executive Briefing Center.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Shell gives Roxana schools $50K
(Alton Telegraph, 8/20/15)
While no longer operating the refineries adjacent to Roxana High School, Shell Oil Co. reminded Roxana it was still a part of the community through a $50,000 grant to the Roxana Schools Foundation.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Lewis and Clark clinic to expand services
(Alton Telegraph, 8/20/15)
A recent $1.4 million grant to Lewis and Clark Community College will allow its Family Health Clinic to offer comprehensive health services, including basic dental exams, occupational therapy and exercise science.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson gives free school supplies to kids in need
(KTVI, 8/14/15)
A Ferguson councilwoman wants to make sure the unrest does not overshadow all the positive things moving forward. Community leaders are giving back in a big way to help families with school supplies.Councilwoman Ella Jones wants the city to move forward in a positive way. That’s why the city of Ferguson, Ferguson-Florissant school district and other organizations provided school supplies to kids in need.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Koman Plans $31M for 34 N. Euclid
(nextSTL, 8/19/15)
A proposal by The Koman Group would bring another mixed-use building to the burgeoning Euclid Avenue corridor in the city’s Central West End. The project would include office, retail, and apartments on the narrow 0.4-acre site currently occupied by a single-story retail strip and surface parking lot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
4 Missouri business schools among nation’s best: report
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
Four of Missouri schools have been ranked by consumer finance website as among the nation’s top colleges for a prospective business major. Washington University earned the highest ranking locally at No. 13 out of a group of 100. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Valley Insurance Agency Alliance attains elite group status
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a group of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, was recently named to State Auto Insurance Companies’ Inner Circle, an elite group achievement reflective of outstanding sales, professional service and business management. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Krohne to retire as executive director of Leadership Council
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/21/15)
Ellen Krohne, the executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, has announced plans to retire, and a search will begin immedately for her successor, the agency announced today. Krohne, who has led the development organization since July of 2012, plans to step down this fall to spend more time with her family.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Geotechnology, Inc. expands with acquisition of Thelen Associates
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
Geotechnology, Inc., a locally based provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, is poised for rapid expansion. The company announced today that it has purchased substantially all of the assets of Thelen Associates. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Maryland Heights Touted by Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live
(KMOX, 8/18/15)
Maryland Heights, Missouri listed in Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in 2015. This year, Money Magazine ranked the 50 best small towns in America, towns with a population between 10 and 50 thousand people.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Inside the undergound Arch Museum renovations
(KSDK, 8/20/15)
One of our city's main tourist attractions is one huge construction site right now.
In our series of stories on the City-Arch-River project, Newschannel Five's Kay Quinn takes us to what is now a huge demolition zone. 
Boeing to be presenting sponsor of 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
The Boeing Company will be the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary next year. The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo will be held on May 14-15, 2016, and will be headlined by performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, flying the St. Louis-built Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, and many other flight performances and static-aircraft displays. >> CLICK FOR MORE