St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Oct 30, 2015
PNC offers upbeat housing, job growth forecast for St. Louis area
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/23/15)
Economists at PNC Bank have a mainly upbeat forecast for the St. Louis region, seeing more jobs and an improving home market on the horizon. “The good news is that you picked up the pace in job creation over the past 18 months,” Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman told the bank’s customers at a meeting Friday at the Westwood Country Club. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Opens Cyber Center of Excellence
(Government Technology/Belleville News-Democrat, 10/28/15)
Metro-east leaders took a big step toward addressing the soaring need for cyber-security workers around the St. Louis region by announcing Tuesday morning the launch of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Members of the armed forces training in cyber defense capabilities.    WIKICOMMONS
Leadership Council, others team to form Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/28/15)
The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois joined with several partners on Tuesday to announce the launch of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence, a non-profit organization that will address what is being called unprecedented needs in the cybersecurity labor market being projected by local military, financial, health care, government and law enforcement agencies. >> CLICK FOR MORE

PHOTO: Celebrating the launch, from left: Mike Riley, president of the Leadership Council Southwestern
Illinois; Georgia Costello, president of Southwestern Illinois College; Nick Barnes, vice president and director
 of enterprise technology solutions and Jason Carter, president, Aegis Strategies, LLC,; Terry Beach, St. Clair
County economic development director; Col. Terrence Adams, commander, 375th Communications Group;
Ellen Krohne, executive director of the Leadership Council; and Thomas Johnson, associate vice president
and chief of strategic initiatives, Webster University.

Ronda Sauget named to head Leadership Council
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
The executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that Ronda Sauget has been hired to serve as the next executive director of the organization, effective Dec. 1. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Region's planning arm gets new leader
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/15)
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the region's planning arm that makes decisions about funding major transportation projects and other regional priorities, has a new leader. The East-West board on Wednesday unanimously voted to name Jim Wild as its executive director. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Tamara Sheffield is 2015 Non-Profit Executive of the Year
(The St. Louis American, 10/29/15)
Working within one of the city’s most “beautiful jewels,” Tamara Sheffield said she feels fortunate that she has been able to live out one of her personal mottos. “I want to leave a footprint wherever I go,” said Sheffield, senior vice president of finance and operations at Forest Park Forever, “particularly one that makes the path better, easier to navigate or encourages possibilities for others.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis releases video of proposed NFL stadium renderings
(Sporting News, 10/29/15)
Just days after San Diego released a video that showcases its latest stadium renderings, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force released its own video, showcasing the proposed St. Louis stadium renderings.. >> CLICK FOR MORE

St. Louis biotech startups have 'watershed' year
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/29/15)
In May of last year, BioGenerator officials crunched the numbers and realized about a dozen companies in their portfolio would need to raise $60 to $90 million in order to keep growing. BioGenerator, which formed in 2003, is a sort of incubator for biotech companies in St. Louis, providing early stage funding and support for 65 companies to date. >> CLICK FOR MORE
LaunchCode to Open Mentor Center on Delmar
(KMOX, 10/29/15)
Just a few weeks shy of its second birthday, St. Louis’ LaunchCode is getting its own home. For its first 23 months, the non-profit has been offering its free coding classes at various locations around the area, but the 10,000 square-foot mentor center at 4811 Delmar will change that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Startups born out of Washington University class have raised more than $33 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/27/15)
About 100 startups launched out of a Washington University class called The Hatchery have raised $33.8 million since 2008, according to the university's research. That figure is about double what the university reported at this time two years ago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
BioGenerator, Cultivation Capital among top investors in Midwest
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/28/15)
Since 2010, more than 200 venture capital entities have invested over $4 billion in Midwest-based companies, according venture capital tracker PitchBook. Meanwhile, the number of deals completed by investors has steadily risen each year, peaking in 2014 with 107 deals done, up 34 percent from the year prior, the PitchBook data shows. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fluent Takes Home 1st Place - Peoples Choice at Money 20/20
(St. Louis Regional Chamber, 10/27/15)
Fluent CEO and Founder, Lamar Wilson, presented to a panel of five judges with more than 500 plus in attendance at last night's Money 20/20's StartupPitch180 competition. Fifteen of the nation's top Fin-tech startups competed for a share of the $50k prize. When the votes were tallied, the audience voted Fluent as #1, winning them People's Choice Award and $25k in prize money. >> CLICK FOR MORE
$4 million 'green' education center planned for Shaw neighborhood
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/29/15)
Saint Louis University is teaming up with four St. Louis elementary schools on plans for a $4 million science education and outreach facility to be built in the Shaw neighborhood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Rockefeller Foundation recognizes St. Louis in ‘100 Resilient Cities’ initiative
(KTRS, 10/27/15)
The Rockefeller Foundation wants to help St. Louis become more resilient. St. Louis was selected from more than 700 applicants to be one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.” The initiative’s Vice President of Relationships Bryna Lipper said the foundation will provide financial support for the city to hire a chief resilience officer (CRO). >> CLICK FOR MORE
Southwest Airlines adding flights from St. Louis
(KTVI, 10/27/15)
Southwest Airlines is about to have an even larger presence at Lambert Airport. The airline announced several new flights and destinations from St. Louis on Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
First Bank receives $265,496 Bank Enterprise Award
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
First Bank has received a U.S. Department of Treasury award that will be used to help economically distressed communities. First Bank has received $265,496 Bank Enterprise Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury‘s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lewis and Clark Truck Driver Training program receives industry award
(Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
Lewis and Clark Community College’s Truck Driver Training program recently received the Illinois Trucking Association’s 2015 Industry Dedication Award. “It’s an honor for Lewis and Clark to be recognized by a prestigious organization such as the Illinois Trucking Association,” LCCC President Dale Chapman said. “Lewis and Clark views its role in truck driver training as graduating extremely well trained technical drivers who are safety oriented. Our entire faculty and staff do a great job in this respect, and it’s wonderful to be recognized for doing so.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch poised for 50th birthday
(Associated Press, 10/27/15)
A half century ago, workers gingerly hoisted into place the final of 142 stainless steel sections of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch — the shimmering tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West. The world's tallest arch and St. Louis' famously defining feature, along the Mississippi River's western bank, officially celebrates its 50th birthday on Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Local companies help kids in Ferguson
(KSDK, 10/27/15)
Several local companies are taking a big step to help children impacted by the unrest in Ferguson. Emerson, the Centene Charitable Foundation and the Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust plan to celebrate the $300,000 funding of the "Ferguson Effec+" program. >> CLICK FOR MORE