St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Nov 13, 2015
Illinois legislators among honorees at 'Championing a Greater St. Louis' dinner
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/9/15)
Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson delivered the keynote speech at The St. Louis Regional Chamber's "Championing a Greater St. Louis" Dinner on Monday night. The event recognized the service of members of the Illinois and Missouri General Assemblies, and acknowledged legislators who exhibited outstanding dedication and support for the Chamber's legislative priorities.
Gov. Nixon announces $1 million in Arch Grants funding 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/13/15)

The nonprofit Arch Grants program, which provides funding and services to boost startups in St. Louis, will receive $1 million in state funding through the Missouri Technology Corp., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Thursday. The news came as Arch Grants announced its latest class of 11 grant recipients. The new startup companies, which compete for the grants, come from around the world, with six lured here by the program. They each will receive $50,000 non-equity grants from the organization as well as mentoring and support services. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Winter 2015 Arch Grant recipients announced
(St. Louis Public Radio, 11/12/15)
Eleven more startups are receiving Arch Grants Thursday. In exchange for locating in St. Louis, the businesses will receive $50,000 and a year of support in areas ranging from accounting to marketing. Some companies receiving the grants are already located in St. Louis, such as the recent Washington University and Saint Louis University graduates behind Chrona Sleep. Other companies are relocating, including two international companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis aldermen plan public input session on proposed riverfront stadium for Saturday 
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/11/15)

An alderman said on Wednesday the city will hold a rare weekend public input session on the proposed riverfront football stadium.Alderman Steve Conway, who chairs the city's Ways and Means Committee, said the meeting will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1230 North Second Street. The location is an empty building within the footprint of the proposed $1 billion stadium on the city's riverfront north of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE

FOCUS St. Louis applies to advance Ferguson Commission's work

(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

The Ferguson Commission is considering an application from FOCUS St. Louis to serve as a "core intermediary" for efforts initiated by the commission, which is set to be dissolved after Dec. 31.  FOCUS St. Louis was the only organization that replied to a request for proposals that the Ferguson Commission put out in September, St. Louis Public Radio reports. The Ferguson Commission heard from FOCUS St. Louis on Monday about its plans to forward the commission's work. The group said it wants to "provide infrastructure and support to advance the work of the Ferguson Commission." >> CLICK FOR MORE

Stifel to buy advisory firm Eaton Partners 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/09/15)

Stifel Financial Corp. said Monday it has agreed to buy Eaton Partners LLC, a Connecticut-based global fund placement and advisory firm that has raised over $68 billion since its founding.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Royal Banks of Missouri, Frontenac Bank merging
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
Two locally based banks, Royal Banks of Missouri and Frontenac Bank, are merging. Royal Banks, which has five full-service branches in the region and two limited service locations, has $415 million in assets. Frontenac has four St. Louis area branches and $285 million in assets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Danny Ludeman’s Concordance Academy adds execs
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)
The Concordance Academy of Leadership, the effort by former Wells Fargo Advisors CEO Danny Ludeman to reduce the number of prisoners who are re-incarcerated after committing more crimes, has added two executives to its leadership team. >> CLICK FOR MORE
AB InBev, SABMiller Formalize $108 Billion Deal
(The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/15)
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV has formally agreed to buy SABMiller PLC for £71.4 billion ($107.7 billion), a deal that creates a brewing behemoth that will sell roughly one in three beers world-wide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis to land 700 new jobs with Boeing 777x commercial airliner work 
(Labor Tribune, 11/9/15)

Construction is underway on Boeing’s new composites center where work on parts for the company’s newest commercial airliner the 777x – is expected to create 700 new jobs. The 367,000-square-foot building, which is an expansion of Boeing’s current tooling center in North St. Louis County, is scheduled to be complete by September 2016. The company is investing more than $200 million in the facility, which includes construction costs and equipment. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Boeing looks for first maritime spy plane order in next 2 years 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

A senior manager with Boeing Co.'s military aircraft division said Tuesday that the company is likely to get the first order for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft in the next year or two.>> CLICK FOR MORE

This St. Louis Startup Helps Colleges Stay In Business 
(Forbes, 11/12/15)

St. Louis is among this group, and, having recently visited there, I can attest to the startup culture having generated a substantial buzz in town. But just like anywhere, the leaders of this movement want their buzz and their place in tech to transcend the city’s limits.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Local schools rank among best for entrepreneurs 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/12/15)

Two local schools earned spots on a recent ranking by the Princeton Review of the top schools for entrepreneurs. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Washington University graduate raises $32 million for startup 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/11/15)

Schoology, a classroom management software company that originated in a Washington University entrepreneurship course, has raised $32 million from a group of investors led by JMI Equity, a growth equity firm that invests in software and services companies.>> CLICK FOR MORE

St. Louis area construction industry recognizes key projects
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
Projects at the Old Cathedral, the Laclede Group and a hospital in Joplin, Mo., are among the 2015 Keystone Award winners from Associated General Contractors of Missouri. The annual awards recognize a contractor’s success in resolving construction challenges faced on a project. Also recognized are industry leaders “whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community,” the AGC said. Safety and workforce diversity also components of project performance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Mathews-Dickey names new president & CEO
(KSDK-TV, 11/10/15)
The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club announced its new president and CEO. Wendell Covington Jr. was appointed at the club's board meeting Monday night. Covington succeeds interim executive Debra Denham, who will train Covington for his new duties.  
LCCC & SIUE Nursing Partnership
(Alton Daily News, 11/11/2015)

There's a new partnership between Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing.   The partnership agreement will enable community college students to finish their associate degrees and a majority of the general education requirements toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SIUE at Lewis and Clark.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Our education: Engineering school adds robotics degree 
(The Telegraph, 11/09/15)

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering is adding a bachelor’s program in mechatronics and robotics engineering. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the program earlier in August. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Jennings schools readies to open its own foster home for homeless students
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/10/15)

Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson has no problem getting her hands dirty with unique projects. On Monday, there she was: on her knees laying a carpet, dragging a desk into place, teetering atop a bed to reach old curtains that needed to come down, hanging paintings, putting books on a shelf. This was after her usual morning job in the district: working as school crossing guard.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Local deals make list of ‘most interesting’ health care transactions 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/11/15)

Three deals involving local health care providers ranked on a new list of the 10 most interesting health care transactions of 2015.  >> CLICK FOR MORE

Drones and Agriculture 
(Alton Daily News, 11/09/15)

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is incorporating them into the agricultural curriculum. Chris Clemons is one of the instructors and says, “The idea of not only presenting to our students that this is the technology, but, really, it's the application of the technology, when students have that first job out of college, they can speak to this. They know the science that is behind this, and they can explain that science to a potential employer.”>> CLICK FOR MORE

Metro Transit may extend services further into Wildwood
(KMOV, 11/12/15)

The City of Wildwood wants Metro Transit to expand its services west to include St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood Campus and the Wildwood YMCA.>> CLICK FOR MORE

NEW ADMINISTRATOR TASKED WITH MAKING ST. lOuis more accessible to walkers, bikers
(St. Louis Public Radio, 11/09/15)

St. Louis’ first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator plans to start collecting data on bicycle traffic as the city ramps up its efforts to improve alternative modes of transportation.>> CLICK FOR MORE

MCT to Implement Fixed-Rate Fare
(Alton Daily News, 11/08/15)

Madison County Transit will be making some adjustments to several routing changes near the River Bend. There will be changes to the number six Highland shuttle, the number seven Alton-Edwardsville, and the number twelve Bethalto shuttle. MCT will also begin enforcing a new fixed-route fare zone boundary and begin selling 2-hour passes. MCT Spokesman SJ Morrison tells The Big Z exactly what will be changing.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Metro testing fourth electric bus
(St. Louis Post Dispatch, 11/09/15)

Metro is testing another electric bus on three routes — the #32 ML King-Chouteau, #57 Maplewood-Manchester and the #99 Downtown Trolley — through Tuesday.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Renovations for Veterans Memorial to Begin in Spring 
(KMOX, 11/11/15)

One of the region’s most notable memorials to Veterans is getting a big facelift. As the Missouri Historical Society took over management of the Soldiers’ Memorial downtown on Wednesday, there are more details about the nearly $30 million renovation.>> CLICK FOR MORE

IDOT building connection from MLK bridge to southbound Illinois 3 
(Belleville News Democrat, 11/12/15)

About a half mile east of the closed Martin Luther King Bridge, workers spread rock to form the base of a new ramp that is being put in place. Other workers pour concrete foam within concrete panels forming a wall.>> CLICK FOR MORE

3 St. Louis companies among nation’s best workplaces for diversity 
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

Two St. Louis-based companies are among the nation’s very best when it comes to workplace diversity, according to new rankings from Fortune and Great Place to Work.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Glow features 1 million lights, family night pricing
(The Telegraph, 11/11/15)

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, Now in its third year, the expanded event features 1 million lights as well as additional interactive installations for guests.>> CLICK FOR MORE