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by St. Louis Regional Chamber | May 27, 2016
Residential real estate sales up 14 percent in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/20/16)
The residential real estate market is booming in St. Louis, according to Business Journal research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Microsoft could be next Cortex anchor tenant
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
Designs and plans for Wexford Science & Technology’s next major project in the Cortex innovation district are expected to be detailed some time over the next 30 days. >> CLICK FOR MORE
The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator Now Accepting Applications For Its Inaugural Class
(ALIVE Magazine, 5/25/16)
The road to the official launch of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator has made huge strides in 2016, beginning with the appointment of Eric Johnson—former NYC Economic Development Corporation’s vice president for fashion and arts—as the Director of the program. The SLFI will kick off a two-year residency program for six national emerging designers on January 1, 2017. >> CLICK FOR MORE
 You may also read more about this story in Women's Wear Daily. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Energizer acquiring auto fragrance maker in $340 million deal
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/24/16)
Energizer Holdings Inc. is acquiring a designer and marketer of car fragrance and appearance products in a $340 million deal. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Angel deals down nationwide, but not in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/25/16)
The number of startup deals being funded by angel investors in U.S. last year slipped 3.1 percent compared with 2014 deal flow, according to the latest analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cultivation Capital Named The Most Active Tech Venture Capital Firm In Missouri By CBInsights
(EQ, 5/25/16)
CB Insights just released a report on the most active venture capital firms in each state by the number of investments into tech startups from 2011 to 2016 year-to-date (through May 9, 2016). St. Louis’ own Cultivation Capital was named the most active in Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
BJC looks to local startup to improve care for vulnerable patients
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
A St. Louis-based technology company is trying to address the challenge of caring for patients after they’re discharged from the hospital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SSM Health goes live with Surescripts' National Record Locator Service
(Healthcare Dive, 5/24/16)
St. Louis-based SSM Health is the first healthcare organization to go live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS), which now provides 10,000 SSM clinicians across Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma a way to locate patient EHRs regardless of where they received care, the medical clinic annnounced Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital among first to get Blue Distinction for maternity care
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently announced that HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Benson Hill Biosystems launches “cloud biology” software
(The News & Observer, 5/23/16)
Agricultural technology startup Benson Hill Biosystems has launched new “cloud biology” software that it says can dramatically accelerate the development of improved crops. >> CLICK FOR MORE
KP Development plans $8 million warehouse on old Chrysler site
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/26/16)
KP Development is planning an 158,400-square-foot, $8 million speculative warehouse in the Fenton Logistics Park, the former site of the Chrysler plant. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Creve Coeur manufacturer makes acquisition
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/16/16)
Creve Coeur-based Electrical Components International Inc. (ECI), which manufactures wire harnesses and other assembly services, has agreed to acquire a similar company out of Georgia called Whitepath Fab Tech Inc. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Stacy Hastie firm eyes industrial development east of Soulard
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
A firm tied to Environmental Operations Inc. CEO Stacy Hastie is seeking to redevelop 40 acres in the city of St. Louis’ Kosciusko neighborhood, just east of Soulard. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University planning to usher in new era of scientific discovery
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/23/16)
Inside Washington University, top administrators have grown tired of the school being recognized mostly for its medical school. They also want to be thought of as a national player in the realm of scientific research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lewis & Clark announces tuition discount offers for some full time students
(, 5/23/16)
Starting this fall, Lewis and Clark Community College students who are taking 15 credit hours per semester qualify for a significant discount on their tuition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ranken Tech And Organized Labor Team Up For New Job Training Program
(KTRS, 5/4/16)
Ranken Technical College and UAW-LETC are teaming up for a new initiative to help produce more skilled workers in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center expands with $2.4 million gift to house Head Start classrrooms
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/25/16)
With the help of an anonymous $2.4 million donation, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis is growing to accommodate the area’s youngest children. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Scottrade renovation cost put at $160 million
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/16)
Remodeled concourses, a bigger scoreboard and an enclosed beer garden are part of a $160 million renovation plan for Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Landmarks Association announces 'Most Enhanced' awards
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/16)
A factory renovated for an IT firm, an abandoned flat redone as modern apartments and storefronts re-imagined as residences are among winners of 2016 Most Enhanced Award from Landmarks Association of St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Hazelwood outlet mall owner seeks to expand beyond retail tenants
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/22/16)
The new owner of the St. Louis Outlet Mall, plagued by an exodus of tenants, may add nonretail uses such as office space to reinvigorate the struggling shopping center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ameren Illinois modernizing power grid in East St. Louis
(Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
Ameren Illinois is building a new 34-kilovolt power line that will move power through East St. Louis to the intersection of Cleveland and 27th Street where the company will break ground for a new substation later this summer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New Centene plans reveal bigger-than-expected Clayton campus
(St. Louis Business Journal, 5/25/16)
Centene Corp. on Tuesday confirmed what many in the business community had already known: The managed care giant has plans to build a second office tower east of its Clayton headquarters, at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard. And while few details of the project were provided, one thing was made clear in Centene’s site plan: The scope of the project is much larger than initially thought. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Urban League and Griot Museum join forces to keep African-American history alive in St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 5/20/16)
The Urban League of St. Louis and the Griot Museum of Black History are forming an alliance that the museum’s founder hopes will keep the museum going for generations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Flying Lotus, Tycho, Deerhoof Top Inaugural Murmuration Festival Lineup
(Riverfront Times, 5/24/16)
Murmuration Festival, by its founders' vision, will be a mufti-faceted three-day affair combining science, technology, art and music across multiple stages at the Cortex Innovation Community campus in Midtown St. Louis. The fest will feature presentations from speakers in the scientific and technological fields and a juried art competition in addition to musical performances. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Little-known St. Louis museum holds part of world’s largest private original manuscript collection
(St. Louis Public Radio, 5/18/16)
The first draft of the Bill of Rights. The paper Einstein’s E=Mc2 was written on. Noah Webster’s first dictionary. These are three influential documents that are included in collector David Karpeles’ largest private collection of original manuscripts in the world — three of over one million such documents. >> CLICK FOR MORE