St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Apr 22, 2016
Centene Acquires More Land, Set to Go Big in Clayton
(nextSTL, 4/16/16)
While Centene’s purchase of land at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard, has been known since late 2014, that project, or projects, may be bigger than initially understood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
World Wide Technology scores DISA storage services contract worth up to $427M
(FierceGovernmentIT, 4/15/16)
Technology integrator World Wide Technology, in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has been awarded an Enterprise Storage Services II contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
D.C. firm to add 50 jobs in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
Anacomp Inc., a Washington, D.C.-area document management company, plans to open a new data center in Maryland Heights next month that will create 50 jobs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
How Jim McKelvey's Launchcode Is Helping Unconventional Tech Talent
(Fast Company, 4/18/16)
Through its St. Louis headquarters and year-and-a-half-old Miami outpost, LaunchCode has found apprenticeships for more than 360 people, with 86% of them still working in comparable tech positions six months later. With the help of executive director Brendan Lind, McKelvey is lining up more employers, many of which pay a $5,000 fee for every apprentice they hire, bringing the nonprofit closer to self-sufficiency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sold out Demo Day for Prosper Women Entrepreneurs in STL
(Silicon Prairie News, 4/18/16)
Introductions. Innovation. High energy. That’s what attendees to the sold out Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s Demo Day experienced Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
 
(Left) Suz Somersall, Co-Founder and CEO of KiraKira and (right) Malena Southworth, Co-Founder of KiraKira.
IDEA Labs expands beyond St. Louis, seeks to create innovative solutions to medical problems
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/21/16)
Barnell and her team are just one of several companies that have come together with the help of IDEA Labs, a nonprofit started in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. IDEA Labs brings together “students, faculty, staff, and local entrepreneurs to tackle unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
Startup company helping entrepreneurs connect in St. Charles County
(KMOV, 4/18/16)
St. Charles County is one of the top 25 places for tech companies, according to a recent report from the Progressive Policy Institute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cancer drug startup raises $5 million from investors
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/20/16)
Confluence Life Sciences, a startup that is developing new drugs to treat cancer and other inflammatory diseases, has raised $4.83 million from a group of investors, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
MMS merger already lands $1 billion VA contract
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
MMS - A Medical Supply Co. just wrapped up in recent weeks its merger with two other medical distributors to create Concordance Healthcare Solutions, and the newly formed company already has landed a contract worth more than $1 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SSM, BJC see early success in new care model
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16)
The St. Louis area’s two largest health care systems are seeing early success in a federal program that rewards providers for achieving better patient outcomes while lowering the cost of care, according to the latest report by St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SSM adds 100 to its payroll in Walgreens deal
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
SSM Health plans to hire the 75 to 100 nurse practitioners and patient-care technicians that currently staff the 27 Walgreens clinics that are part of the newly inked deal between the health care system and the retail pharmacy chain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New technology at Washington University is a life-saver for local woman
(KSDK, 4/18/16)
Lungs are one of the most difficult organs to transplant. They are fragile and susceptible to infection which was a problem, even when they did finally find a possible donor for Michelle...but now, the Washington University School of Medicine has a new tool, the XVIVO perfusion system. It's a machine housed at Mid-America Transplant that's designed to enhance lung function before transplantation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
KE2 raises another $1.5 million from investors
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/18/16)
KE2 Therm Solutions, a Washington, Missouri-based developer and manufacturer of smart refrigeration controllers, has raised $1.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Paulo buys new St. Louis facility for future expansion
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/19/16)
Paulo Products Co., which operates heat treating facilities, is expanding its St. Louis footprint with a new facility adjacent to its St. Louis headquarters just south of Forest Park. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University to offer family business program
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
Washington University on Friday said that its Olin Business School will begin a family business program this fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Why are local teachers embedding in St. Louis startups this summer?
(St. Louis Public Radio, 4/18/16)
When Nate Marschalk, the executive director of the local education innovation non-profit The Disruption Department, heard of the new Education Innovation Fellowship program being piloted by St. Louis’ Venture Café and St. Louis Public Schools, he was immediately against the idea. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Finally Gets a Regional Community Development System
(Next City, 4/18/16)
Only 11 percent of St. Louis metro’s population lives inside city limits. With most community development corporations (CDCs) located in the city (and dwindling support for them—CDBGs have been cut by $39 million statewide in Missouri since 2010, part of a nationwide pattern) local leaders saw the need for a region-focused retooling when it comes to economic development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
 
Metro transit project to spawn city development
(St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
The more than 7,000 passengers who use the Civic Center Transit Center in downtown St. Louis every day will need to adjust their routes as Metro begins an 18-month-long expansion project that’s part of a larger renaissance in improving public transportation to cultivate St. Louis economic development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis wants 'gigabit' Internet speeds
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/16)
St. Louis economic development officials want someone to give St. Louis the kind of ultra-fast Internet service that Google is bringing to Kansas City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
University City hopes to grow business with Olive Link
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16)
Dustin Chalfant and his Senn Bierwerks partners looked at nearly two dozen sites for their brewery but kept circling back to an empty lot on Olive Boulevard in University City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Brother, sister slowly bring luster back to Alton’s historic buildings
(Illinois Business Journal, 4/22/16)
Many people look at deteriorating buildings and see history in decline. Mike and Jeannine Kelly look at such structures and see history in the making. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Big Business Speaks Up on Social Issues
(The Wall Street Journal, 4/17/16)
Companies used to avoid hot-button social issues, fearing that any strong stance could alienate customers and staff. Now, executives say it is far more risky to stay silent on issues such as gay rights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Highbrow program for ex-cons in St. Louis hires an ex-con to help lead it
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/16)
Perhaps it's fitting that a new multi-million dollar program designed to help people rebuild their lives after prison hired an ex-con to be one of its executives. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Zoo Redo
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/22/16)
The St. Louis Zoo has drafted plans for a $500 million, 25-year redevelopment and expansion that remakes the zoo’s southern half, complete with galloping giraffes, free-flying flamingos, a 2,000-foot-long gondola line and — perhaps — giant pandas. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis, Sacramento 'front-runners' for MLS expansion
(EPSN FC, 4/21/16)
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says St. Louis and Sacramento are the leading candidates for the next round of expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE