St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Oct 16, 2015
Economic forecast: St. Louis needs ‘breakthrough’
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
More than half of St. Louis’ business leaders expect a recent trend of slow and steady growth to continue in 2016, according to St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan..  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Square IPO to help Ferguson rebuild
(KMOV, 10/15/15)
As Ferguson continues rebuilding a major boost is about to come their way thanks to Twitter and Square co-founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Here are the jobs Square is hiring for in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
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.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
$5 million gift starts effort to preserve black history
(KMOV, 10/13/15)
A $5 million corporate gift is helping to launch a new effort to preserve African-American history in the St. Louis area. The Ferguson-based technology company Emerson on Monday announced the donation to the Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, and the museum's Library and Research Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Midland States Bank opens new banking center in Jennings
(The St. Louis American, 10/13/15)
Midland States Bank has furthered its expansion into the St. Louis region by opening a new full-service banking center at 8021 W. Florissant Avenue, in the Buzz Westfall Plaza. This announcement follows Midland’s recent acquisition of eleven area Heartland Bank locations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Korte wins $10 million contract in Arizona
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/15/15)
The Korte Co., the St. Louis-based design-build contractor, has won a $10.1 million contract to design a maintenance hangar at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. The 18,740-square-foot hangar will house maintenance operations for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets, company officials said. >> CLICK FOR MORE

The F-35 Lightning II.

St. Louis CEOs make Harvard list of world’s best
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/15)
Two local chief executives — George Paz of Express Scripts and Hugh Grant of Monsanto — are among the best in the world, according to a new list published by the Harvard Business Review. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Capital Innovators, Prosper taking applications now: TechFlash 7 things
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
Capital Innovators is taking applications for $50,000 grants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
7 Reasons to Attend Startup Connection
(EQ, 10/13/15)
Presented by Accelerate St. Louis and serving as the premier event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Startup Connection is kind of a big deal. Featuring a startup showcase, resource fair, a fast-paced pitch session, the announcement of over $120,000 in awards and a damn good party, it’s a not-to-miss. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lozano’s plan for 1,000 tech companies downtown; Mizzou at Cortex; St. Louis in Square IPO: TechFlashes
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/16/15)
LockerDome CEO Gabe Lozano’s new goal for the St. Louis region is 1,000 tech companies with 10,000 employees working downtown, specifically along a stretch of Washington Avenue. Here’s his plan to get it done.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
World Wide Technology opens new Asia-Pacific headquarters
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology has opened a new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore that will include sales offices and an integration technology lab. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Beer giants A-B InBev and SABMiller agree on key terms for $100 billion merger
(St. Louis Pubic Radio, 10/13/15)
Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller have announced an agreement in principle on plans to become one company. The deal is valued at more than $100 billion.>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis NFL stadium project in line for state tax credits
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/9/15)
Plans for the $1 billion NFL stadium on the St. Louis riverfront got a boost Friday with news that the project qualifies for state tax credits to pay for site cleanup. >> CLICK FOR MORE
CVC wants $100 million expansion
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/9/15)
O’Reilly Auto Parts has held its annual convention in St. Louis since 2014. For its next meeting, in early 2016, it expects about 6,000 attendees, who will utilize all of America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome. “We like St. Louis for the proximity to our corporate office,” said Tracie Patton, travel and internal events manager at the Springfield, Missouri-based company.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis announces winners of city's business awards
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/15)
St. Louis has announced winners of the city's annual business awards, which were presented Friday at the Mayor' Business Celebration luncheon.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Startup brings buy-one-give-one model to St. Louis restaurants
(The St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/15)
The one-for-one business model has become popular among consumers, whether its Toms Shoes or Warby Parker, which donate a pair of shoes or eyeglasses, respectively, for each item purchased. Even Starbucks is testing out the strategy.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Commerce Bank reports profit
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/14/15)
Commerce Bancshares, parent of Commerce Bank reported a slight dip in earnings for the third quarter, as rising loan volume was offset by lower earnings on inflation-protected securities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New Device Allows Defibrillator Patients Get MRI’s
(KMOX, 10/14/15)
SLU Hospital is among the first in the region to implant a new MRI-safe defibrillator. New technology now allows many to receive the needed test. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Holland Builds $16M Humane Society Center
(Construction Forum STL, 10/7/15)
Construction is underway on the Humane Society of Missouri’s $16 million Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Groundbreaking for McKendree Metro Rec Plex set for October 15
((Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
Groundbreaking for the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in the Four Points Commercial Development is set for Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., lead developer Dean Oelze of S.I. Strategy, LLC has announced.>> CLICK FOR MORE
$50 million home development planned for Belleville
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/15)
Parkway West Development is planning an upscale home development on 50 acres of land off Frank Scott Parkway West in unincorporated St. Clair County. The $50 million development will include more than 70 homes worth between $500,000 and $1 million, with an average home price of $700,000, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
ABNA principals address St. Louis Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion Initiative
(The St. Louis American, 10/9/15)
“Being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks,” Abe Adewale said. “You have to be committed. A lot of times you plant a seed, and you water the seed you planted knowing it will sprout out of the ground. That’s what we did.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
LCCC To Launch Maritime Institute
(WBGZ Radio 10/15/2015)
Looking at the expected growth in river commerce, Lewis & Clark Community College is preparing to launch a Maritime Institute in about a year. Approval to pursue the project was given this week by the college’s Board of Trustees. Some safety training aspects of the program could begin before that through the college’s existing programs based at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
UMSL unveils new planetarium with a Sunday open house
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/16/15)
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is opening a newly renovated planetarium for students and the public. Astronomy professor Erika Gibb says the renovated facility is even a little more cutting edge than the Saint Louis Science Center’s planetarium, at least for now.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Laumeier Sculpture Park opens new center and asks what a fair world would look like
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/13/15)
As Laumeier Sculpture Park opens its Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center to the public, exhibited works will be designed to bridge international and local communities. Among those whose work is featured in the first show, which opens Friday, is Raqs Media Collective..>> CLICK FOR MORE
The Most Affordable Housing Markets in the US
(Realty Biz News, 10/12/15)
A recent report has found that the Midwestern United States is the most affordable area to live in, particularly with regards to home prices. The report was conducted by RealtyTrac and Clear Capital and according to the article on Home Buying Institute, the three most affordable housing markets in the United States during the first quarter of this year were all in the Midwest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Local Housing Market Continues ‘Solid’ Year
(KMOX, 10/12/15)
Solid. That’s how a local realtor is describing the first three quarters of the year and the start of the fourth quarter when it comes to home sales in the St. Louis-area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Clarkson Eyecare partners on project to provide glasses to underprivileged
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eye care groups in the Midwest, recently introduced "You See, We Give," a project in honor of World Sight Day. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Stay Tuned: Contamination Concerns
(Nine Network of Public Media, 10/16/15)
Concerns about the smoldering fire inching closer to radioactive waste at the Westlake Landfill in Bridgeton grew this week as school districts sent letters to parents detailing emergency plans if something should occur. Russ Knocke from Republic Services, the owner of the Westlake Landfill, and Robbin Dailey, a citizen activist with a personal tie to the area, disagree about the danger. >> CLICK FOR MORE