St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Oct 23, 2015
KPMG Expands Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Operations Center
(Area Development, 10/21/15)
KPMG, a national audit, tax advisory firm, will expand its office in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The company plans to create 175 new information technology jobs in the next three years. “Our firm recognized the strengths that St. Louis offers in terms of a strong talent pool, and city and state officials welcomed us with open arms. From all aspects, St. Louis made the most sense for our firm,” said Karen Vangyia, KPMG’s St. Louis managing partner. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Front row from left: KPMG St. Louis Managing Partner Karen Vangyia; Downtown STL,
Inc. President & CEO Missy Kelley; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; KPMG Chief Information
Officer Harry Moseley. Back row from left: St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO
Joe Reagan; St. Louis Development Corp. Executive Director Otis Williams; Regional
Business Council Executive Director Kathy Osborn; Missouri Department of Economic
Development Director Mike Downing; St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment
Executive Director Michael Holmes; and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
President Rodney Crim. These organizations / individuals formed the economic development
team on the KPMG deal. (St. Louis Regional Chamber photo)

KPMG taps St. Louis as tech hub, adding 175 jobs downtown
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/20/15)
After a nationwide search, KPMG picked downtown St. Louis to become one of the accounting firm’s largest U.S. tech hubs, with plans to add 175 jobs over the next three years. KPMG executives said the firm will begin hiring next month to grow its information technology staff at 10 South Broadway, set to become one of the company’s largest IT hubs along with offices in Texas and California. Its U.S. and global tech operations are based in Montvale, N.J.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
KPMG to add 175 tech jobs in downtown St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/20/15)
KPMG said Tuesday it would add 175 new information technology jobs to its downtown St. Louis office, at 10 S. Broadway. The new hires, made over the next three years, will give KPMG’s St. Louis office one of the largest IT headcounts in the organization; its global IT team is based in New Jersey.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
KPMG announces 175 jobs coming to ST. LOUIS
(KSDK-TV, 10/20/15)
City officials have announced 175 new tech jobs are coming to St. Louis. The jobs will be with KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory company located downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
KPMG to add 175 new IT jobs in St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/20/15)
International accounting firm KPMG looked at cities all over the United States and landed on St. Louis for its information tech expansion. The company already has an office in downtown St. Louis with 270 employees. Over the next three years, it plans to add 175 IT positions, the company announced at a press conference today. >> CLICK FOR MORE

KPMG's office in downtown St. Louis has 270 employees and will soon add 175 new IT positions.

Startup growth flat across U.S. — but not in Missouri
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/21/15)
New analysis from the Kauffman Foundation shows that startup growth in the United States has stalled. But that’s not the case for the Show-Me State. According to the analysis, which used recently released Census data, only 11 states reported growth in new businesses between 2013 and 2012, and Missouri came in on top of that list with a 16.7 percent growth rate. >> CLICK FOR MORE
10 startups that will pitch at Startup Connection
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/22/15)
Officials with Startup Connection, the annual St. Louis event that highlights the progress made in the innovation community, have announced which startup companies will present this year at the event’s Venture Showcase. Among the presenting startups are well-known local companies such as Better Weekdays, the job placement platform that recently raised $1.3 million from investors; Cast, a social engagement tool used by the National Hockey League and many of its teams; CTY, which uses analytics to measure pedestrian and vehicle traffic in downtown St. Louis; and Selequity, the real estate investment platform co-founded by Mark Burkhart, former CEO of Cassidy Turley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
TechCrunch to host startup ‘pitch-off’ in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/19/15)
TechCrunch, an industry leader in technology and startup news, will host a pitch-off competition in St. Louis in November. >> CLICK FOR MORE     

Attendees browse various startup companies in Startup Alley during the TechCrunch Disrupt
San Francisco 2015 conference in San Francisco in September.

Cortex extends partnership with Washington University, SLU
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/21/15)
Two St. Louis area universities are stepping up to help startup companies in the Cortex innovation district. Cortex has extended a partnership with Saint Louis University and Washington University so that startup companies in the CIC@CET facility (formerly the Center for Emerging Technologies) can use those universities’ facilities for R&D purposes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Domain Tech Report on Nine Network/PBS: Arch Grants, Chris Weathers, Lockerdome
(Techli, 10/21/15)
The Domain Tech Report airs every Wednesday night on The Nine Network/PBS in St. Louis, Missouri. The show covers startups and innovation in the greater St. Louis Metro region. In this episode, I interview Ginger Imster of Arch Grants, stop in at the Lockerdome offices and talk to media journalists Michael Calhoun, Kelly Hamilton and Brian Feldt. Also, Chris Weathers of Rapportbook tells why he became an Entrepreneur. >> CLICK FOR MORE
BioSTL gets grant to help small businesses
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/16/15)
It was one of just three Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative grants the SBA is giving out nationally and is meant to spur small business growth. It was one of just three Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative grants the SBA is giving out nationally and is meant to spur small business growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Enterprise Financial's 3Q profit rose 18 percent
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/22/15)
Strong loan growth and a decline in noninterest expenses led to an 18 percent third quarter profit increase at Enterprise Financial. The Clayton-based parent of Enterprise Bank & Trust had a $9.7 million profit, or 48 cents, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, up from $8.2 million, or 41 cents, a year earlier. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Boeing Opens St. Louis, Missouri, Research and Technology Center
(Area Development, 10/20/15)
Boeing opened its new research and technology center in St. Louis, Missouri. The facility will serve as the company's regional hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in systems technology.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Fifty Years Later, Famed St. Louis Arch Gets Facelift
(The Wall Street Journal, 10/18/15)
Fifty years ago this month, engineers faced a challenge as they tried to put the crucial keystone section into the soaring Gateway Arch in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Monsanto pledges support for White House push on climate change
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/15)
St. Louis-based Monsanto is joining 80 other U.S. companies in pledging to back a White House campaign to build support for climate talks this December in Paris, France, where the Obama administration says it hopes to see a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis named top 10 destination for winter holiday travel
(KMOV, 10/22/15)
St. Louis is one of the best winter vacation spots for cold-weather lovers in 2015, according to a newly released report. Personal finance website WalletHub examined 69 of the largest cities in the country to find the best warm and cold-weather destinations for winter holiday travel.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Moving ‘Ferguson Forward’: Emerson to receive 2015 Corporate Diversity award
(St. Louis American, 10/22/15)
A year ago following the unrest, Emerson embarked on a program called “Ferguson Forward” to provide support for community enrichment and development in Ferguson and north St. Louis County. Today, Emerson’s commitment has grown to $8.5 million and 30 programs among four pillars of focus: early childhood education, youth jobs, scholarships for college, technical and trade careers, and business support and training.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson Youth Initiative Space gets make-over thanks to HOK
(FOX 2, 10/17/15)
An organization that gives youth a voice in shaping the future of Ferguson is getting a new space. It comes thanks to a business that has shaped the skyline, in St. Louis, and around the world. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Two Young Entrepreneurs from Ferguson Shine at NFTE's National Challenge
(Huffington Post, 10/20/15)
With fiery images of rioting and protests in Ferguson, Missouri, flooding the news this year, it can be easy to forget that our urban youth want not only an end to racism and unwarranted police harassment and violence, but also something young people crave everywhere: the opportunity to succeed and show their stuff! >> CLICK FOR MORE