St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Dec 07, 2015
America’s Central Port and St. Louis’ freight district: Economic boons you didn’t realize were there
(St. Louis Public Radio, 12/2/15)

The forecast for 2016 in Madison County and the St. Louis region’s newly-created freight district includes 9,600 feet of rail track, 1 million cubic yards of dirt and 8,000 cubic yards of concrete — and the sound of barge horns. The South Harbor at America’s Central Port was recently christened and is set to open in 2016 — with an expected increase in commodities flow by 25 percent. >> CLICK FOR MORE

On Oct. 5, 2015, America's Central Port's Board of Commissioners and staff members, as well as politicians and 
business leaders dedicated the South Harbor project.

Urban League's Save our Sons program boasts high job placement rate
(The St. Louis American, 11/30/15)

For two years, Tyrell Stalling sent off job applications to no avail. Sometimes, he was homeless. “At one point I took all the resumes I did and just threw them away. Because I was like, there’s no help. This world is just unfair,” Stalling said. Stalling is one of 114 men who this year have completed a new job training effort by the Urban League. >> CLICK FOR MORE

Save Our Sons program
Workforce development specialist Darryl Jones teaches a class for the Save Our Sons program in north St. Louis County.

St. Louis single-family home market has a solid year
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/29/15)
“Solid — not spectacular, but solid — is Jim Dohr’s description of the St. Louis area’s single-family home market this year. Sales and prices continue to grow, though inventory still remains tight.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Will Be the Nation's Second Hottest Real Estate Market in 2016
(Riverfront Times, 12/2/15)

Brooklyn? It's a joke. San Francisco? So last year. The hottest real estate markets in 2016 are going to be Providence, St. Louis, and San Diego — in that order. That's according to, which places the St. Louis metro area at No. 2, ahead of not just San Diego but top-10 markets Sacramento, Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte. It shows St. Louis real estate inventory moving faster than the U.S. overall, online listings getting more views than other markets, and demand increasing as the local economy continues to improve.>> CLICK FOR MORE

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Dustin Phillips predicts the median home price in St. Louis rising 10 percent in 2016.

St. Louis Fed reports mildly improved economic conditions
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/3/15)
The latest economic report on the Federal Reserve district that includes St. Louis was modestly upbeat. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New cyberspace operations activated at Scott Air Force Base
(St. Louis Public Radio, 12/1/15)
Cyber security has become a major initiative of the Pentagon. As part of that initiative, Scott Air Force Base has a new cyberspace operations group that will eventually include 300 new jobs. The 688th Cyberspace Wing activated the group on Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
VCs pump more into payments companies, including Square and Clearent
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/2/15)
Venture capital deals into payments companies have nearly quadrupled since 2010, according to data published by CB Insights, and St. Louis is among a handful of cities benefiting from the trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
KPMG gets started on filling tech jobs in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/3/15)
Over the next half-decade, roughly 10,000 technology-related jobs are expected in the St. Louis market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Domain Tech Report on Nine Network/PBS: Lockerdome, VenCafe, Listo
(Techli, 12/1/15)
The Domain Tech Report is Techli’s TV show that airs on The Nine Network/PBS Wednesday nights at 10:30pm CST and streams online. This episode features a panel about St. Louis startup success story Lockerdome, networking success Venture Cafe and an exciting new way to watch movies, Listo. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Catapult Competition: TinySuperheroes’ Rosenberger surprised by St. Louis’ startup support
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/30/15)
Robyn Rosenberger, founder and owner of TinySuperheroes, which provides superhero capes for children dealing with disabilities and illness, was skeptical of moving her family and business to St. Louis from Seattle in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Monsanto pledges to be carbon neutral by 2021
(KQFX, 12/1/15)
Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021. A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage environmentally-friendly production methods. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis County Approves $3M for Loop Trolley
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/30/15)
The St. Louis County Council granted preliminary approval to a $3 million expenditure for the Loop Trolley project Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Clayco Plans 13-Story, 200-Apt Building in The East Loop
(NextSTL, 11/30/15)
The long-vacant large lot between Big Shark Bicycles and Gokul Indian Restaurant at 6103-6131 Delmar Boulevard could be developed as a 13-story, 200-unit apartment building within two years. . >> CLICK FOR MORE
KWAME Receives ENR Midwest Award
(Construction Forum STL, 12/1/15)
The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport “Airport Experience” Renovation Program has won the “ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year Award: Airports/Transit.” Joshua Randall, president of St. Louis-based project management firm Kwame Building Group, Inc., and Jerry Beckmann, Airport Deputy Director, Planning & Development of Lambert Airport, accepted the award at a ceremony in Chicago on November 19. The project also was profiled in the November 16 edition of ENR Midwest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
$10 million push to extend Grant’s Trail advances
(KTRS, 12/3/15)
A long-awaited extension of Grant’s Trail near St. Louis is moving ahead, with the promise of what will become a continuous 17-mile route for bicyclists, walkers and runners. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Eight years in the making: Metro East levee reconstruction to be completed next summer, officials say
(The Telegraph, 11/23/15)
A $72 million levee reconstruction project eight years in the making is nearing completion, and area officials gathered Monday to tour a construction site where the Wood River Creek meets the Mississippi River. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Enterprise zone gets state approval
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/23/15)
An enterprise zone that hopes to attract jobs and investors to Glen Carbon, Maryville and four other area municipalities has finally been approved by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Oates Associates engineering marks 35th year with expansion
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
Oates Associates, a civil and structural engineering and architectural services firm based in Collinsville, is marking its 35th year in business with a St. Louis office expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cleveland chemicals company to move HQ to St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 11/23/15)
Cleveland-based chemicals firm Vectra, formerly known as OM Group, announced Monday it would be moving its headquarters to St. Louis. Vectra is a specialty chemicals company that includes three businesses — Vacuumschmelze, EaglePicher Technologies and Borchers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New park opened at St. Louis Arch grounds
(Fox2Now, 11/27/15)
The $380-million Gateway Arch grounds overhaul in St. Louis has opened its first renovated park.>> CLICK FOR MORE
IMPACT Strategies lands contract to build Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville
(Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a contract to construct the uniquely branded building that will contain Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville, located at 123 St. Eugene Drive in Belleville, Illinois, directly across from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Business leaders saluted by St. Louis American Foundation
(St. Louis American, 11/24/15)
The awardees at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2015 Salute to Excellence in Business remembered the sacrifices of their forebears, vowed to strengthen the St. Louis region, wowed the capacity crowd with a magic act – and celebrated a good excuse to buy new shoes for the luncheon, held at Four Seasons St. Louis on Friday, November 20. >> CLICK FOR MORE
JAG Program Expands To Riverview Gardens High School
(KTRS, 11/30/15)
Students at Riverview Gardens High School will have the opportunity to participate in the Jobs For America’s Graduates program, also known as JAG. This is thanks to additional public and private funding. Governor Jay Nixon made that announcement on Monday after meeting with students at Riverview Gardens High School.>> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University students working to develop Boeing patents
(St. Louis Business Journal, 12/3/15
More than 100 Washington University students and faculty members are getting hands-on experience thanks to a partnership between the university’s Skandalaris Center and Boeing’s Phantom Works Ventures. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Bristow receives Chamber Executive of the Year Award
(Illinois Business Journal, 12/15)
Monica Bristow, president of the RiverBend Growth Association, was recognized by her peers at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards Dinner held during their 100th annual Fall Conference Thursday, Nov. 5. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Businesses of Ferguson rebuild and move forward
(KMOV, 11/27/15)
Last year, 2014, business owners in Ferguson were dealing with unrest and protests in the wake of grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting. >> CLICK FOR MORE