St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Nov 06, 2015
Webster University marks a century of finding its niche
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/1/15)
She started out in England, now she’s in Austria. And over the next six months, Anna Nichols is going to spend time in Thailand and Cuba before finishing up in Switzerland. But the St. Louis native’s life is not all glamour and jet-setting. She’s a student in Webster University’s international relations master’s program. >> CLICK FOR MORE

The cornerstone for Loretto College is laid and dedicated in 1915. Photo courtesy of Webster University
Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus
(The New York Times, 10/30/15)
As educators question what college should look like in the 21st century, one answer is: global. And to higher education trailblazers, that means more than junior year abroad or overseas internships. They find campuses to be insular places that leave students ill prepared for a globalized world, and they question the efficacy of traditional pedagogy, especially the lecture format, at a time when the same information can be imparted online. >> CLICK FOR MORE

W. Louis Brickman in a dorm at Minerva in San Francisco, the staging area for future travels.
CreditPeter DaSilva for The New York Times

New York Times spotlights St. Louis law firm
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
St. Louis-based Bryan Cave was featured in a New York Times story Thursday about the rocky generational transfer of power between baby boomers and millennials at big law firms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Office space in St. Louis is really, really cheap
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
St. Louis is among the least expensive office markets in the United States, according to new research from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). BOMA’s data found that St. Louis, with an average office rental rate of $18.80 per square foot is the fourth cheapest in the nation, trailing only Fort Worth, Texas ($18.12 per square foot); Columbus, Ohio ($18.11 per square foot); and Detroit ($17.85 per square foot). >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis is home to the No. 1 copyright law firm
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
St. Louis-based Thompson Coburn has the best copyright practice in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Only one firm is chosen as Copyright Law Firm of the Year among top law firms. U.S. News researchers arrive at the rankings — based on ability, professionalism and integrity — by interviewing clients and other lawyers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Karl Grice is 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year
(The St. Louis American, 11/4/15)
Architect Karl Grice spent many of his childhood days running around the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club in North St. Louis. Martin Mathews, co-founder and president emeritus of the club, is like a second father, he said. One of his proudest moments as an architect was designing the existing club facility in 1981 and incorporating perks that he didn’t have as a child, he said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fairview Heights Council approves creation of business alliance commission
(Belleville News-Democrat, 11/3/15)
Council members elected to form a business alliance to streamline the city’s efforts to attract, develop and retain business. Six of the nine voting council members approved the measure, which ends the Economic Development Commission and creates the Fairview Heights Business Alliance Commission. The new commission will merge the city’s hotel/motel screening committee and the Lincoln Trail TIF Subcommittee into one entity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nicklaus: Entrepreneurs and investors should approach crowdfunding warily
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
Sometime next year, your social media accounts may be flooded with opportunities to invest in everything from a technology startup to the local microbrewery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Splice Machine brought into Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
Splice Machine will participate in the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. The big data startup has its main research and development office in St. Louis. The accelerator, based in San Francisco, helps grow companies looking to disrupt the financial services sector. Splice Machine is in line for investments of up to $500,000 for participating in the program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Most Promising Start-Ups Chosen for Accelerate St. Louis Challenge
(KMOX, 11/5/15)
If you think the start-ups we keep hearing about are all about tech gadgets and phone apps… think again. Seventeen local start-ups of all stripes are finalists for a big cash prize that could really help them get off the ground.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Former PwC partner takes over at Arch Angels
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/6/15)
Gil Bickel, the longtime chairman of the St. Louis Arch Angels who has held the post since the group’s founding in 2005, is stepping down. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Memorial Group, BJC finalize strategic affiliation
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
With federal and state regulatory approvals secured, Memorial Group and BJC HealthCare announced today that the two systems have signed an agreement to proceed with a strategic affiliation announced in April. The decision follows a due diligence process which confirmed that the opportunity would provide significant advantage to health care in the Metro East region, the hospital systems said in a joint statement. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Rabo Agrifinance to relocate to Chesterfield
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/4/15)
Construction has yet to begin but a developer already has leased half of the five-story office building planned for a five-acre site along Interstate 64 in Chesterfield. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Health and Dental Care for Kids merges into BJK People’s Health
(The St. Louis American, 11/3/15)
Health and Dental Care for Kids is now part of the services of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers. Leaders from both organizations signed the agreement Monday morning, November 2 at PHC headquarters in St. Louis on Delmar. The merger of the pediatric facility makes a fourth site for PHC. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Now hiring IT talent in St. Louis: SLU, Lockheed Martin, World Wide Technology, Peabody
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
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.Meanwhile, St. Louis is among the best places to work for tech professionals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Developer hopes to begin big Clayton project next year
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
A development company based in suburban Nashville, Tenn., hopes to start construction next year on an office, retail and apartment complex at a busy intersection in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
McGrath Begins $1.9M Renovation of Pi Beta Phi Headquaters in St. Louis
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 11/3/15)
McGrath & Associates has begun construction on a $1.9 million expansion and renovation of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international headquarters in St. Louis. Construction is scheduled for completion in June 2016. HKW is the architect. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Massive mixed-use project planned for Clayton and Hanley
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/3/15)
A giant mixed-use project that calls for more than 537,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space is planned for the corner Clayton and Hanley roads in Clayton. Ben Owenell, of Tennessee-based GBT Realty, is developing the site. A public hearing for the project will be held Nov. 17. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis set to win $1 million grant to improve near north side
(St. Louis Public Radio, 11/5/15)
St. Louis is nearly ready to be awarded a nearly $1 million, three-year violence prevention grant for the near north side. To receive the money, the Board of Aldermen just have to approve the measure. The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice totals $999,858.60 and is known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Responding to a Need
(Diversity in Action, November 2015)
Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, is responding to the need for trained cybersecurity professionals. The master’s and graduate certificate programs got their start in 2014 when the U.S. Air Force tapped Webster to train 1,400 employees to keep information secure and resist cyber attacks. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE receives 7th straight Military Friendly designation
(The Alton Telegraph, 11/5/15)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. SIUE attained the designation for the seventh-consecutive year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Small class sizes, high placement rate for inaugural year of building trade diversity effort
(St. Louis Public Radio, 11/4/15)
In October 2014, Corey Harris was unemployed and looking for work. Now he makes $33 an hour as an ironworker apprentice in St. Louis. He made the transition from out-of-work retail manager to a career in construction through a pre-apprenticeship program called Building Union Diversity, or BUD. >> CLICK FOR MORE
LaunchCode partners with Washington University to offer free coding class
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/2/15)
LaunchCode, the paired programming organization based in St. Louis and founded by Jim McKelvey, is now partnering with Washington University to offer a free 16-week basic coding class beginning in early 2016. The class, called CS50x St. Louis, is similar to the course LaunchCode offered for free in 2013, when it teamed with Harvard University to offer the CS50 (Computer Science 50) course. LaunchCode attracted more than 1,000 aspiring coders to its first course held at the Peabody Opera House.>> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE School of Engineering Earns ASC National and Regional Awards
(Construction Forum St. Louis, 11/3/15)
Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering construction management competition teams placed in the top three during the Associated Schools of Construction Region III conference held in Downer’s Grove October 14-17.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Metro East youth program preparing kids to be productive in the community
(KMOV, 11/4/15)
A youth mentorship program in the Metro East is preparing kids in the classroom to be productive in the community. Last year, the Youth Interaction Program started with nine young men and has grown into a group of 25 boys and girls. The group meets twice a week at the Urban League in Fairview Heights and they go out on different outings to learn how to be successful. >> CLICK FOR MORE
National Blues Museum announces April opening
(St. Louis Public Radio, 11/3/15)
The National Blues Museum has set April 2, 2016, as its opening day. The project intends to tell the history of blues music through exhibits and community outreach. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Fashion Fund aims to rival New York garment district
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
The St. Louis Fashion Fund is out to make a name for itself and the city by launching a business incubator, education center, manufacturing hub and budding center of international fashion design. >> CLICK FOR MORE