St. Louis Press Pass

by Gary Broome | Jan 22, 2016
Charter Communications bringing over 200 new jobs to St. Louis area
(KMOV, 1/21/16)
Charter Communications plans to bring more than 200 new jobs to the St. Louis-area with the development of a new call center.

The new facility, located in a renovated St. Louis landmark in St. Ann, can hold 650 people. The building features smart LED lighting that adjusts automatically and reduces eye strain.
Charter opens Northwest Plaza call center
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/16)
Charter Communications said Thursday it has opened its $16 million call center at the former Northwest Plaza shopping mall in St. Ann. >> CLICK FOR MORE
TierPoint to acquire Cosentry
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/20/16)
TierPoint LLC, the Town and Country-based hosting and cloud computer company, is continuing its string of acquisitions by reaching agreement to acquire Cosentry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Centene Partners With Washington University In St. Louis And Duke University To Launch The Envolve Center For Health Behavior Change
(PR Newswire, 1/20/16)
Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today it has partnered with Washington University in St. Louis and Duke University to launch the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change (Envolve Center). >> CLICK FOR MORE
SunEdison completes $300 million Dominion acquisition
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/19/16)
SunEdison, the Maryland Heights-based renewable energy developer, has closed on the second phase of a $300 million acquisition of a solar portfolio from Dominion Resources. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sí, Hablo Español: Illinois-Based Bank Opens Bilingual Branch... Inside a Public Library
(The Saint Louis Fed, Fall 2015)
It isn’t every day that a bank branch in the Midwest would schedule a fiesta to celebrate a grand opening. But then again, it isn’t every day that a financial institution opens a full-service, fully bilingual banking center in a community that the 2010 census describes as more than 70 percent Hispanic. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Early stage investing hits record high
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/22/16)
More money than ever — $116.9 million — was invested by venture capitalists into early stage companies in Missouri last year, according to recent data provided by PwC and the National Venture Capital Association. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cybersecurity firm gets started on Series A financing
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/20/16)
Global Velocity, a local networking security company, has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to start raising $7.5 million from investors.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
Nanopore Diagnostics raises $600,000
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/20/16)
Nanopore Diagnostics, a St. Louis-based startup developing a medical device that physicians can use to detect bacterial infections, has raised nearly $600,000 from a group of investors led by the Missouri Technology Corporation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sparo Labs founders raise more capital
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/21/16)
St. Louis-based medical device startup Sparo Labs has raised more than $450,000 from a group of investors, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   >> CLICK FOR MORE
Small-aircraft company has big plans at St. Louis Regional
(Illinois Business Journal, January 2016)
Big River Aviation is starting small at St. Louis Regional Airport, but the company’s on a flight path to greater heights.Owner Paul Voorhees is working out of three tiny t-hangers, temporary space as he pursues plans to either lease or build bigger hangar space on the airport grounds.
Washington U nears $2.2 billion fundraising goal, raises target
(St. Louis Business Journal, 1/21/16)
Washington University officials expect to reach the minimum $2.2 billion goal in its current capital campaign two years ahead of schedule, so they’re raising the target. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Harris-Stowe and Washington University partner for Occupational Therapy degree program
(St. Louis American, 1/16/16)
Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) has entered into partnership with Washington University and its School of Medicine and Program in Occupational Therapy (WUSM). >> CLICK FOR MORE
D.M. teams with Omaha, K.C., St. Louis on business plan
(Des Moines Register, 1/19/16)
Civic and business leaders from Des Moines have joined with their counterparts in three other Midwest metro areas to push the region's economic priorities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Q&A with Ronda L. Sauget, new executive director of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
(Illinois Business Journal, January 2016)
IBJ: It’s seems to us like everything you’ve done to this point in your career prepared you for this moment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Reception welcomes General Carlton D. Everhart II to Scott Air Force Base
(, 1/20/16)
General Carlton D. Everhart II was honored on January 19th at a reception celebrating his recent appointment as Commander of the United States Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base. The reception was hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Civic Progress, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Belle Scott Committee. Approximately 90 people attended the event at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights to demonstrate their appreciation for the General and thank him for his service. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Says Panel Making Impact
(KMOX, 1/18/16)
The commission formed after the Ferguson riots in 2014 officially disbanded at the end of last year, but one of its co-chairs says its impact is just starting to be felt.

Ferguson Commission co-chair, Rev. Starsky Wilson tells KMOX, “Someone who says it hasn’t made that much of a difference, really hasn’t paid that much attention over the course of the last year.”
Major makeover planned for St. Louis Union Station
(The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 1/21/16)
St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) and Groundswell Design Group of Philadelphia, PA are re-conceptualizing St. Louis Union Station. Work will begin on February 1, 2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks St. Louis expansion with Sports Illustrated
(MLS Soccer, 1/19/16)
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl at last week’s SuperDraft in Baltimore, with releasing their interview last Friday as part of their weekly Planet Futbol podcast. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Saint Louis Art Museum Receives $21 Million From Taylors
(Philanthropy News Digest, 1/15/16)
The Saint Louis Art Museum has received a gift of $21 million from Barbara Taylor, who recently stepped down as president of its board, and her husband, Andy, the St. Louis Dispatch reports. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Top 10 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of Louisiana
(The BLT, 1/19/16)
The St. Louis Mardi Gras is one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations north of Louisiana. One of the first events of the Mardi Gras season is a Cajun cook-off, for those wanting to put their southern-style cooking to the test or even learn how to cook Cajun-style meals. >> CLICK FOR MORE