St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Sep 18, 2015
Greetings from the St. Louis Regional Chamber! This edition of St. Louis Press Pass contains some of the news coverage about our Annual Event No. 178 held Wednesday evening, Sept. 16, at the Peabody Opera House. A full wrap-up with photos of the Annual Event will be sent out by the Chamber on Monday.

Regional Chamber celebrates ‘St. Louis Innovators’
(St. Louis American, 9/17/15)
At its Annual Event No. 178, held Wednesday, September 16 at the Peabody Opera House, the St. Louis Regional Chamber honored and celebrated St. Louis Innovators, both large and small. Its theme was “Creating Tomorrow Together St. Louis Innovators.”>> CLICK FOR MORE

Dr. Donald M. Suggs, this year’s Right Arm of St. Louis Award winner, 
addresses Regional Chamber members and guests at Annual Event
No. 178 this past Wednesday evening at the Peabody Opera House.

Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe Reagan, center, is flanked by
area entrepreneurs as he announces the formation of Spirit of St. Louis
Ventures, an economic impact enterprise which will invest in venture funds,
loan funds and enterprises aligned with the Chamber’s One Plan.

Publisher of St. Louis American receives 'Right Arm of St. Louis' award
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
Dr. Donald M. Suggs, president and publisher of the St. Louis American, on Wednesday was named the 2015 recipient of the "Right Arm of St. Louis" award. The award, presented at a St. Louis Regional Chamber event held at the Peabody Opera House, honors local leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Stadia Ventures Announces Its First Accelerator Cohort Of Sports Startups
(EQ, 9/16/15)
Several announcements were made tonight at St. Louis Regional Chamber’s annual event No. 178, all speaking to the continued innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. One such announcement was the inaugural cohort of Stadia Ventures, a new St. Louis startup accelerator that focuses on early stage sports companies. Stadia revealed the four startups that have been selected to take part in Stadia’s first accelerator program. This program will invest up to $100,000 into these companies for an equity stake. Adding to the enthusiasm at the event, the St. Louis Regional Chamber announced that it is making a financial commitment of up to $50,000 to Stadia Ventures. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Pictured above are Stadia Ventures Founders Tim Hayden, left, and Art Chou. 

Stadia Ventures announces first class, gets $50,000 from Regional Chamber
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/15)
Stadia Ventures, the new St. Louis startup accelerator that focuses on early stage sports companies, announced the first four startup companies that will go through its sports-themed business accelerator. Those companies include Rookies, the create-your-own-baseball card startup from St. Louis founded by Matt Sebek; Fishidy, from Madison, Wisconsin; LEIF Technologies, from Brooklyn, New York; and Winning Identity out of Toronto. >> CLICK FOR MORE
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
Fund will invest $100,000 in fishing, skateboarding, golf and baseball-card firms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Regional Chamber Celebrates Innovators at Annual Event No. 178
(KMOX, 9/16/15)
At its Annual Event No. 178 Wednesday night at the Peabody Opera House, the St. Louis Regional Chamber honored and celebrated St. Louis innovators, both large and small, who are creating a more prosperous, innovative and dynamic St. Louis region.>> CLICK FOR MORE

General Business News
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/18/15)
St. Louis’ budding health care startup scene has caught the eye of an out-of-town Fortune 100 company. In July, without much fanfare, Cardinal Health decided to dip its toes in the St. Louis market by opening a small, three-person office to help emerging health care companies navigate the complex regulatory landscape for their promising products and drugs. It’s only the third regulatory office for the health care giant, which is based in Dublin, Ohio. The others are in Overland Park, Kan., and La Jolla, Calif.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Brookings: St. Louis a strong digital health market for VCs
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/11/15)
St. Louis is likely never to see the amount of cash being thrown around by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley or the East Coast, but those VCs might want to take an extra second to consider some St. Louis companies — particularly in the digital health sector.A new report published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings found St. Louis was among a handful of cities with strong digital health companies that could provide strong returns for investors..>> CLICK FOR MORE
5 new startups accepted into Capital Innovators
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/15)
Capital Innovators, the business accelerator that hands out $50,000 investments to a handful of tech startups twice a year, has invested in five new early-stage companies — all from St. Louis. Those companies are Greetabl, Invisible Industries, Need Fixed, Spinball Sports and VIM. For the investment, Capital Innovators will take an equity stake in the companies.>> CLICK FOR MORE
LaunchCode gets money from Kauffman for Kansas City expansion: TechFlashes
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/11/15)
The Kauffman Foundation has given LaunchCode $150,000 to help the St. Louis-based organization expand in Kansas City. LaunchCode had already secured about $250,000 for expansion plans and needs to raise $750,000 overall. The first GlobalHack aimed at solving civic problems starts tonight and goes throughout the weekend. The event 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 faster.>> CLICK FOR MORE
GlobalHack team builds platform for companies to pay your traffic fines
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/15)
Navigating the municipal court systems in St. Louis has long been a pain point for many citizens, particularly as it relates to traffic fines. A group of hackers think they may have solved the problem. The group — made up of Becca Williams, a business analyst at RGA; and a pair of Daugherty Business Solutions software engineers, Will Stampley and Alex White — was the winning team at this month’s GlobalHack hackathon. >> CLICK FOR MORE
IHA honors HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Award
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
The Illinois Hospital Association recognized three hospitals and two health systems for innovative quality interventions, patient safety approaches and best practices designed to transform health care. The entities were presented with the IHA Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards on September 11 at the fifth annual awards were presented during IHA’s Leadership Summit in Lombard. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Agtech investing on the rise as venture capitalists meet in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/15)
Money invested into agtech companies by venture capitalists ‚ as well as number of financing deals — nearly tripled in 2014 when compared to the year prior. Venture capitalists invested $170 million across 75 deals into companies that are developing efficiencies for farms (software, sensors, drones, etc.), according to CB Insights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Gov. Nixon Preaches Productive Partnerships
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 9/11/15)
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon came to the St. Louis area to spread the gospel of the necessity of productive partnerships between management and labor in attracting new business. Nixon met with construction industry leaders and held a press conference at the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program’s Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center in Affton on Thursday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Million dollar grant funds ‘One-Stop-Shop’ medical clinic in East St. Louis
(KMOV, 9/11/15)
A one million dollar grant from the federal government is turning a health clinic in East St. Louis into a “one-stop-shop” for patients.>> CLICK FOR MORE
SSM Heath Care - St. Louis is now SSM Health
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
Employees recently celebrated at all seven SSM Health Care-St. Louis hospital locations as hospital leaders commemorated and unveiled a new brand promise and a renewed commitment to patients, according to a press release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
IMPACT Strategies breaks ground on Ameren Illinois Operations Center in Macomb
(Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on a new $6.7 million operations center for Ameren Illinois in Macomb. The new facility, located at 1505 East University Drive, is expected to be complete by April 2016. The Macomb operations center project involves the construction of an approximately 40,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building to accommodate local Ameren Illinois crews. The building will contain office space and a truck garage for repair and maintenance of Ameren Illinois’ fleet. The project also calls for extensive site paving for a materials storage yard.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis a LEADER in Workforce Training
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 9/13/15)
Last week, at a White House conference on apprenticeship, John Gaal, EdD, director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters District Council of St. Louis and Vicinity, presented the final report from a work group he served on with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Development Expert Urges STL Collaboration
(Construction Forum STL, 9/11/15)
If the St. Louis region wants to grow development and employment, the first order of business is to put an end to Missouri/Illinois and urban/rural political squabbles. That’s what Chris Chung, CEO, of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) told the audience at Construction Forum STL’s quarterly networking/speaker event Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
CEO Program makes student entrepreneurs
(The Alton Telegraph, 9/14/15)
A new program coming to Riverbend high school students will aim to help students learn valuable business skills. The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) Program was created by the Effingham, Illinois-based Midland Institute. It partners local school districts with local businesses to effectively teach students the ins and outs of business while encouraging them to follow their own creativity and have confidence in their ideas. It also is entirely funded by businesses’ investors, costing nothing to taxpayers and financially-strained school districts.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Nonprofit Health System Executive Brings After-School Chess Program to Ferguson-Florissant Schools
(The Daily Signal, 9/16/15)
An after-school chess program for 20 elementary and middle schools in the Ferguson-Florissant school district started with a simple conversation between a father and his 10-year-old son.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
'Laser focus' helps St. Louis charter school succeed
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
When Charlesetta Clark began teaching preschool at North Side Community School, she set up her room as though she were teaching kindergarten. And for good reason. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nicklaus: Tax credit would be better for workers than minimum wage hike
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/15/15)
Pro-business groups always seem to be on the defensive in debates over the minimum wage, but they don’t have to be. Groups such as the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Restaurant Association are absolutely right when they argue that a big increase in the wage floor will destroy jobs. Unfortunately, voters don’t want to hear that. They’re swayed more by tales of hardship than by cold, hard logic. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Ferguson commission calls for sweeping changes to deal with racial inequity
(USA Today, 9/14/15)
A commission appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in the aftermath of last year’s unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is calling for a series of sweeping steps to attack the issue of racial inequity in the St. Louis region.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson Commission Recommends Drastic Overhaul of City Policing System
(MSN, 9/14/15)
A drastic overhaul of policing and the criminal justice system in Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding region is needed to address the unfair treatment of black residents, according to a panel established by the state’s governor after last year’s civil unrest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Political EYE: A comprehensive master plan for addressing racial inequity
(St. Louis American, 9/14/15)
"Those who say dismissive things about urban unrest commissions tend to say, “All they can do is issue a report.” If all the Ferguson Commission could do was issue a report, then they deserve high praise for issuing a well researched, simply stated and urgent report on “the social and economic conditions that impede progress, equality and safety in the St. Louis region.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson Commission Report Highlights Racial Inequality In St. Louis Region
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/14/15)
Out today - recommendations from the Ferguson Commission. The independent panel created after the death of Michael Brown calls for new use-of-force policies for police, new guidelines for when court should issue arrest warrants and more - 189 recommendations in all, stretching from Missouri law enforcement and the justice system to housing, health, education and income. And high up in the report is this plain statement. We have not moved beyond race. The Rev. Starsky Wilson is co-chair of the commission. I asked him about the decision to use such blunt language. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lessons the Ferguson Commission can learn from the history of commissions
(KSDK, 9/14/15)
The history of the United States often repeats itself. Ferguson in 2014. Cincinnati in 2001. Los Angeles in 1992. Newark and Detroit in 1967, LA 1965. Black communities simmered before exploding into riots, violence, and destruction, followed by commissions recommending change. Dr. Lindsey Lupo, a political science professor at Point Loma Nazarine University in San Diego, is an expert on so-called riot commissions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Remarks by Gov. Nixon at the Ferguson Commission meeting
(Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, 9/14/15)
"The way to prove this work means something is to do something,” Gov. Nixon says. St. Louis, MO - Below are the prepared remarks given by Gov. Jay Nixon today at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley, at a meeting of the Ferguson Commission, in which the commission released its final report.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson panel recommends police, court reform, transparency
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/15)
A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is recommending the consolidation of the metro area's police departments and municipal courts, a newspaper reported Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon and others have scheduled an afternoon news conference to release details of the Ferguson Commission report that has been 10 months in the making. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) received a copy of the commission's 198-page report ahead of its official release.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson panel recommends merging police, other changes
(Associated Press, 9/14/15)
The co-chairman of a panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown says the group's report "reveals uncomfortable truths about this region we call home." Rich McClure and other Ferguson Commission members joined Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at a news conference Monday to discuss the panel's 198-page report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
With report in governor's hands, Ferguson commissioners look to the future
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/14/15)
In the turbulent days before a grand jury decided not to indict a former Ferguson police officer that shot and killed Michael Brown, Gov. Jay Nixon was asked why he needed a commission to figure out what ails the St. Louis region. His answer then was personal. His reaction to the actual report issued by the Ferguson Commission is for the entire state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson Responds to Commissions’ Report
(KMOX, 9/14/15)
The Ferguson Commission released their findings on racial disparity in the region on Monday. Commission Co-chair Starskey Wilson says the 10-month study of underlying conditions that erupted after Michael Brown was shot, will be tough to fix. There seems to be wide gaps between blacks and whites in St. Louis, even life expectancies by zip code. >> CLICK FOR MORE
‘Pressure will result in action’: Ferguson Commission challenges community to effect change
(St. Louis American, 9/14/15)
After nine months of research, public meetings, community outreach and occasionally overcoming ridicule, a commission tasked with helping the St. Louis region address its issues with racial inequity released its final report on Monday, September 14. The Ferguson Commission issued 189 calls to action, with a smaller set of “Signature” priorities, all viewed through “the lens of racial equity.” >> CLICK FOR MORE