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by Gary Broome | Sep 04, 2015
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SSM Health announces plans for new $500M SLU hospital
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/2/15)
SSM Health plans to invest $500 million to build a new St. Louis University hospital and ambulatory care center. The new facilities, which will be situated in the immediate vicinity of the current 365-bed hospital near the midtown campus of St. Louis University, will be completed within five years, SSM officials said.>> CLICK FOR MORE
MasterCard, Express Scripts among world’s most innovative companies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/24/15)
Once again, Express Scripts and MasterCard are on Forbes’ list of the world’s most innovative companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE

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'Industrious' is newest addition to St. Louis’ office community
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
Downtown St. Louis business revitalization continues with the entry of Industrious, an 11,000-square-foot office community with private offices and "comfortable communal spaces" at 555 Washington Ave. The Chicago-based brand opened in 2013 and has started its national expansion with office spaces in St. Louis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and more locations underway in Columbus, Raleigh, Nashville, Minneapolis, Denver and Detroit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Ranks No. 10 in Best American Tech Cities for Work
(KMOX, 9/2/15)
A ranking from SmartAsset ranks St. Louis as the 10th “Best American City to Work in Tech in 2015.” The financial blog states overall employment in technology grew by 3.7 percent, and average annual technology incomes increased by 2.4 percent in the last two years. Today, there are 3.8 million tech jobs in the United States, paying an average of $83,970 annually. >> CLICK FOR MORE
How a City's Business Culture Helps Mold Its Startup
(Huffington Post, 8/31/15)
By all accounts, 2015 is a strong year for startup companies; I know this first hand, having worked with more than a few. When consumer confidence rises, companies seeking funding to meet those consumer needs rise as well. B2B and B2C web technology startups are claiming 13.7 percent of total new business funding applications.>> CLICK FOR MORE
New kidney product could help millions
(Fox 2 News, 9/2/15)
A St. Louis company is moving closer to releasing a first of its kind product to help people avoid devastating kidney problems. Dr. Kevin Martin specializes in kidneys and also works for MediBeacon in Creve Coeur. Dr. Martin said, “I think it’s very exciting it’s a huge development in the field.” Employees at MediBeacon are very excited about a yellow liquid. It glows in the presence of light and could dramatically prevent kidney damage in tens of millions of people.>> CLICK FOR MORE
MediBeacon lands $22.4 million financing to bring kidney monitoring device to market
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/26/15)
Roughly three months after it closed a $5 million round, MediBeacon, a medical device startup located in St. Louis County, has raised another $22.4 million from Pansend LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of HC2 Holdings Inc. MediBeacon is a developer of real-time kidney monitoring technology, an area of need in intensive care units.>> CLICK FOR MORE
5 women-led startups accepted into Prosper Capital
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/26/15)
Prosper Capital has named five women-led startup companies to its business accelerator. The accelerator, which in January announced its first cohort of startup companies, invests $50,000 into companies in exchange for an equity stake.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Yield Lab’s TerViva raises $2 million from investors
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/26/15)
TerViva, a California-based agtech startup that has been operating in St. Louis for the last several months during its participation in The Yield Lab accelerator, has raised $2 million from investors. TerViva is commercializing a perennial tree grown on underproductive agricultural land called Pongamia. The money raised will help the company fund animal feed development, harvest trees and scale its platform, including tree production.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Pentagon teams up with Apple, Boeing to develop wearable tech
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/28/15)
The Pentagon is teaming up with Apple, Boeing, Harvard and others to develop high-tech sensory gear flexible enough to be worn by people or molded onto the outside of a jet.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Today: On the Money Magazine educates St. Louis youth and community in finances
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/25/15)
“On the Money Magazine Saint Louis –a pilot program of the eponymous Chicago magazine—is a self-described “by teens for teens publication.” The magazine hopes to increase teenage financial literacy and to educate young people in entrepreneurship and financial writing, publishing, and editing.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis investors rank among the savviest
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/26/15)
St. Louis investors rank among the savviest in the U.S., according to a new study. St. Louis ranks ninth using an index that measures which investors get the highest return for the least risk. Silver Spring, Maryland, investors ranked first. Kansas City investors ranked seventh.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Regions in St. Louis gets national attention for branching
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/27/15)
Regions Bank branches in St. Louis are featured in an American Bankers Association article on the new face of branching. Mike Hart, who became Region’s Midwest area president in St. Louis last year shortly before Ferguson erupted, talks about the bank’s partnership with Operation Hope in North County, part of a program called Hope Inside. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Center receives academy accreditation
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
The Sleep Disorders Center at Memorial Hospital, with two locations, one located on the campus of Memorial Hospital and another at Seven Hills in O’Fallon, has received reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. This accreditation includes in-lab sleep studies as well as home sleep studies. Memorial is the only accredited sleep center in the Metro East.>> CLICK FOR MORE
AB Updates 97 Trucks to Reduce Carbon Footprint  
(KMOX, 6/26/15)
Anheuser-Busch is converting all 97 shipping trucks in its St. Louis fleet to natural gas powered trucks. The switch will decrease it’s annual carbon-dioxide emission by 2,500 tons, says AB’s Senior Director Transportation, James Sembrot..>> CLICK FOR MORE
UMB partners with startup accelerator SixThirty
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/3/15)
Kansas City-based UMB Financial Corporation will invest alongside the St. Louis-based startup accelerator SixThirty, which invests in financial services technology startups from around the world. Exactly how much UMB will invest in each startup was not disclosed. SixThirty twice annually invests $100,000 into a handful of startups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
GlobalHack outlines first civic project hackathon
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/4/15)
GlobalHack, the quarterly hackathon competition co-founded by LockerDome CEO Gabe Lozano, has detailed the first project under its new civic-focused strategy. Hackers who participate in the event — scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at the @4240 building in Cortex — will work with the Civic Tech for Social Impact Collaborative to create technology solutions that make it easier for people to navigate the criminal justice system and resolve their issues in a more timely fashion.>> CLICK FOR MORE

BLUE1647 opens up shop in St. Louis in its first national expansion
(Built in Chicago, 8/25/15)
BLUE1647 opens up shop in St. Louis in its first national expansion (Built in Chicago, 8/25/15) Some of Chicago’s best have headed to St. Louis. Today, BLUE|1647 opens its first tech innovation center in the city. The move marks the first national expansion for the Chicago-based organization, who plans on opening six more sites in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cushman & Wakefield, DTZ complete $2 billion merger
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/2/15)
Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ, formerly Cassidy Turley, have closed on a $2 billion deal that will create one company that operates as Cushman & Wakefield. The new Cushman & Wakefield will have revenue of more than $5.5 billion, more than 43,000 employees and will manage more than 4 billion square feet of commercial real estate globally. It will be the second largest commercial firm in the world, behind CBRE.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Gateway Arch Celebrates 50th Anniversary
(Edwardsville Intelligencer, 8/24/15)
As the Gateway Arch nears its 50th anniversary in October 2015, partners involved with operating and enhancing the national park have announced plans to celebrate the iconic monument’s golden birthday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Industry Leaders Expect Construction Boom in St. Louis
(KMOX, 8/28/15)
Times are looking good for the St. Louis construction trades. Jim Lamantia, executive director of the St. Louis Construction Cooperative, says the next seven years will be historic times in St. Louis for construction employment.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Bringing business back to Alton ‘Light Up Alton’ group hopes to stimulate economic growth
(Alton Telegraph, 9/1/15)
There are 10 “Light Up Alton” signs posted around town, one for every initiative a group of Alton business leaders hopes to achieve through their new economic venture. Among Light Up Alton’s initiatives are creating a welcoming business environment, making Alton’s downtown attractive to young professionals, creating incentives to rehabilitate run-down buildings, emphasizing the value of the National Great Rivers center and offering free business seminars to solve problems like a declining and aging population, and low property values on buildings that need extensive renovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
County scores EPA grant $400K in funds issued to find, fix ‘brownfield’ sites
(The Alton Telegraph)
A $400,000 federal grant is set to aid the county in identifying and, in time, redeveloping contaminated properties. U.S. Congressmen John Shimkus, Rodney Davis and Mike Bost joined Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan on Wednesday to announce the $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed at identifying brownfields, or historically contaminated sites, in the northern, eastern and southern portions of the county. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Local non-profit helps high school students achieve their college dreams
(KMOV, 8/26/15)
A local non-profit supported by Cardinals Care helps to send students to college every year. The organization, College Bound, is for high school students who are working to get into college.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Want to talk about education? St. Louis architecture firm does, too
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/24/15)
A downtown St. Louis architecture firm known for its renowned founder and school designs is stepping into new territory: hosting panel discussions on topics in education.>> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE introduces business analytics graduate specialization
(Illinois Business Journal, 8/21/15
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is introducing a master’s specialization in business analytics that will be available for the fall 2015 semester. The specialization will be available for all School of Business graduate programs, including the MBA, accountancy, marketing research, CMIS, and economics and finance.>> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE students explore space, encourage STEM
(Alton Telegraph, 9/1/15)
Rebecca Krasny’s love of science started at a young age, fueled in part by field trips she took to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Now a sophomore biological sciences major, specializing in medical science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Rebecca returned to the space exploration landmark this summer as a Noyce intern working with the Adler Teen Programs.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Growth in enrollment, degree programs mark Harris-Stowe president's first year
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/26/15)
Dwaun Warmack became president of Harris-Stowe State University in July 2014. Calling himself a “change agent,” Warmack told “St. Louis on the Air” last November that his first focus was on assessment: understanding the university he meant to guide.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Takes on Education—and Racial Strife
(Classical Guitar Magazine, 8/27/15)
Ferguson, Missouri, has been the scene of considerable racial strife over the past year since the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society (SLCGS) is determined to help make a difference in that troubled community. In January, the society launched Phase One of the Ferguson Guitar Initiative, a program that unites teachers, students, and SLCGS volunteers to bring classical-guitar music and learning to the schools. This year, SLCGS also became the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant, which will be used to bring world-class acts to schools in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Trumpeting Miles Davis; Modern-era jazz great, others to pay tribute to jazz icon
(The Alton Telegraph, 8/26/15)
On Sept. 12 the music world will be attuned to an event in the birth city of Miles Davis, who is considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century. The Miles Davis Memorial Project, co-chaired by Pat Ackman and Karen Wilson as part of Pride Inc., has finally come to fruition with the unveiling of a bronze statue of Davis by sculptor Preston Jackson at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, next to Chez Marilyn’s on Third Street in Alton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Architects reveal plans for proposed St. Louis stadium
(KMOV, 9/2/15)
The architects of a new football stadium in St. Louis are planning an arena that will offer more than just football games. Eli Hoisington, with St. Louis-based HOK architects, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch the stadium would have plazas, gardens, bike trails, a three-story brew pub and an observation deck overlooking the Mississippi River.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Edwardsville to launch mobile app highlighting city amenities
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
A planned mobile app called, "Experience Edwardsville," aims to make it easier for people to eat, explore and entertain themselves in the community. The app has a GPS-enabled “Near Me” function to locate services close to the user’s current location.>> CLICK FOR MORE