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by Gary Broome | Sep 11, 2015
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Nicklaus: After Silicon Valley sojourn, Cofactor is poised for growth
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/11/15)
It’s rare for a company from the middle of the country to be chosen for Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s oldest and most prestigious boot camp for startup technology companies. It’s even rarer when that company is seven years old, well beyond most people’s definition of a startup. Still, the founders of Cofactor Genomics, a genetic research company in the Central West End, spent the summer at Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View, Calif., and they’re glad they did. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Startup Challenge Winners Announced
(WBGZ Radio, 9/9/15)
The Metro East Start-Up Challenge has announced its winners for 2015. The Challenge seeks to identify, reward and support entrepreneurs across the Small Business Development Center’s nine-county service area. The director of the center says the second year of the challenge was a success based on the level and quality of participation from both sides of the river.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Enterprise CEO among Fortune's most powerful women in business
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/10/15)
Enterprise Holdings president and CEO Pamela Nicholson is among Fortune magazine's list of most powerful women in business. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Enterprise Holdings CEO and president
Pamela Nicholson.

College of Pharmacy, Wash U partner on research center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/9/15)
Researchers from St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) and Washington University School of Medicine are collaborating for the first time in the creation of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology. The center’s five laboratories occupy 12,000 square feet of the sixth floor in STLCOP’s recently completed building at the intersection of Taylor and Duncan avenues in the Central West End. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Square could go public by end of 2015
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/10/15)
Reports first surfaced over the summer about Square, the multibillion-dollar mobile payments company founded by native St. Louisans Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, going public. At the time, no detail in terms of timing was given.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Landmark gives rise to co-working space
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
The buzz of saws and crash of hammers are thick in the air these days as a city landmark slowly evolves into one of the first serious efforts to ignite the co-working industry in southwestern Illinois. The second floor of the historic Turner Hall is being transformed into a co-working space and training area that will be used by entrepreneurs and others who want to make use of the facilities as an alternative to a home office or traditional work setting.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Alton Memorial Hospital earns six national awards
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
Alton Memorial Hospital won six prestigious honors at the 2015 PRC (Professional Research Consultants) National Excellence in Healthcare Conference, held this summer in Scottsdale, Ariz.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE, McKendree and Lindenwood named top Midwestern universities
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/9/15)
Two metro-east schools and a third with strong ties to the area have been named to US News & World Report’s 2016 list of best regional universities in the Midwest.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ranks 44th on the list, McKendree University is 68th and Lindenwood University, which is based in St. Charles, Mo. but has its largest satellite campus in Belleville and an extension center in Collinsville, is ranked 108th.
SIUE boasts record-high student enrollment
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has exceeded its previous record student enrollment by a 2 percent increase over last year, school officials reported today. The university registered an all-time high of 14,265 students for the fall 2015 semester. Overall enrollment leaped by 293 students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Edwardsville makes list of 50 safest college towns
(KSDK-TV, 9/9/15)
The City of Edwardsville ranked high on the 2015 SafeWise Report of the 50 Safest College Towns in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
LCCC partners with association to offer new HR courses
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
Lewis and Clark Community College has partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management to offer courses to help human resources professionals earn necessary credentials.The society is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, and the new courses will help prepare human resources professionals for the society’s new competency-based certification: the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM –CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credentials. >> CLICK FOR MORE
U.S. News: Wash U Tied at No. 15 Best College in U.S.
(KMOX Radio, 9/10/15)
Washington University in St. Louis tied for the 15th best college in the U.S., as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Cornell University and Vanderbilt University also were named at the 15 spot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Dirt To Move on Multimodal Project
(WBGZ Radio, 9/10/15)
A major milestone is within reach with the Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center project. The Alton City Council has approved a contract amendment with Juneau Associates, Inc. that will allow them to proceed with work associated with the design and construction of the project.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Airport Manager Predicts Economic Growth
(WBGZ Radio, 9/8/15)
The variety of transportation options in and around the region is one reason the manager of St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto thinks the area is ready to explode with new development. The airport is located on Highway 111, just off Illinois 255.>> CLICK FOR MORE
BlackS in Energy local chapter awards scholarships
(St. Louis American, 9/10/15)
The Southeastern Missouri/Southern Illinois chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) recently awarded academic scholarships to eight students in the greater St. Louis area: Quentin Phillips, Bellefontaine; Oghenetejiri Agbigbe, Florissant; Karlie Thornton, Florissant; Nicolas Wyer, St. Charles; Robert Enyard, St. Louis; Jazmen Bell, St. Louis; India Bradley, St. Louis; and Joshua Popoola, St. Louis.>> CLICK FOR MORE
SunEdison to take stake in Dominion portfolio for $300 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/15)
SunEdison, the Maryland Heights-based renewable energy developer, has agreed to buy 33 percent of a 425 megawatt solar portfolio from Dominion Resources for about $300 million.  The deal is being financed through a partnership with J.P Morgan Asset Management (Global Real Assets), which was also announced Tuesday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Missouri History Museum takeover of Soldiers Memorial clears another hurdle
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/9/15)
The Missouri History Museum moved another step closer to taking over operations of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis. Trustees voted Wednesday at a special board meeting. Missouri Historical Society Chairman Harry Rich said this is a fantastic deal for the city. “There’s an opportunity for a major improvement in a facility that will still be owned by the city,” he said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Study: Region is a multimodal freight hub primed for growth
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)

Laclede's Landing poised for a comeback
(KSDK-TV, 9/7/15)
Big Muddy Blues Festival wrapped up this weekend, but business owners say it's been a big shot to the arm for one St. Louis tourist attraction. Some businesses on Laclede's Landing have closed up shop during the arch grounds construction, but some now say it's ready for a comeback. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fairview Elementary is 2015 Monsanto School of Excellence
(St. Louis American, 9/10/15)
Fairview Primary School in the Jennings School District is just a couple of miles away from West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive – the area known as Ferguson Ground Zero. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Business briefing: So far, local home sales improved over last year
(Belleville News-Democrat, 9/10/15)
This year is looking better than last year for the metro-east housing market. Home sales in St. Clair and Madison counties are higher than they were at this point last year. The latest numbers from the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois in Belleville and the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in Glen Carbon reveal sales gains through the first seven months of the year over 2014.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Secretary of Defense seeks alliance with academics, private enterprise at St. Louis event
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/9/15)
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was speaking to his own crowd here Wednesday when he addressed an auditorium full of engineers, scientists, business leaders and military personnel, few in uniform. They gave him a standing ovation before he even got started. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Stay Tuned: Stadium Status
(Nine Network of Public Media, 9/11/15)
"St. Louis has 99 problems but a stadium isn’t one in my personal opinion. We have a whole host of things we need to fix before even being concerned about whether the Rams stay or go,” states Tishaura Jones, treasurer of the City of St. Louis, in Friday night’s [tonight’s] episode of Stay Tuned, broadcast September 11 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.  >> CLICK FOR MORE