St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Jul 22, 2016
City of St. Louis sees $1 billion construction boom
(KMOV, 7/20/16)
Construction is booming in the City of St. Louis. More than $1 billion was spent on permits- building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing – in the 2016 fiscal year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
NGA director signals closer ties with community at new north side headquarters
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/22/16)
When the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency opens its new facility on the city’s North Side early next decade, it doesn’t want to be an obscure federal agency tucked away in an industrial corridor anymore. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Regional Chamber backs Centene expansion
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/21/16)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber is endorsing Medicaid managed care provider Centene's plan for a massive expansion of its Clayton headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Enterprise moves up on Forbes' largest private company list
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/20/16)
Enterprise Holdings, the Clayton-based rental car giant, is now the nation's 15th largest private company, according to Forbes magazine. That's one spot higher than last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
O’Fallon among fastest-growing communities in the St. Louis area
(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/21/16)
When you crunch the numbers it becomes clear that O’Fallon has paved the way as a leader in the region’s growing residential housing development sphere. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis home sales rise as inventory drops in June
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/19/16)
The number of homes on the market in June was down 16 percent compared with the same period last year as the median sales price spiked, according to a housing report from St. Louis Association of Realtors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Midwest Regional planting bank in Chesterfield
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/22/16)
Midwest Regional Bank is adding to its footprint with plans to build a new location in Chesterfield, according to documents filed with the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
CNB Bank & Trust nationally recognized as Top 25 Ag Loan Producer
(, 7/20/16)
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently recognized CNB Bank & Trust as one of the Top 25 Agriculture Loan Producers in the nation, in the category of financial institutions with $500 million to $1 billion in assets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cultivation Capital leads $1.2 million investment in ag-data firm S4
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/19/16)
S4, an agricultural data firm that has placed its U.S. headquarters in Creve Coeur, has raised $1.2 million from investors led by Cultivation Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Expansion-stage investment on the rise in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
Venture capitalists invested $98.6 million to date this year into Missouri companies, mostly from the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sparo Labs’ Abby Cohen On Getting FDA Clearance For Wing
(EQ, 7/18/16)
Earlier this month, WashU-bred biotech company Sparo Labs, headed up by co-founders Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer, learned their Wing device gained FDA clearance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
How to grow a hip replacement with your own stem cells
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/18/16)
A St. Louis orthopedic researcher has developed a way to grow a hip replacement out of stem cells found in a patient’s fat reserves, and is now testing it in animals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Monsanto Rejects Bayer’s Sweetened Merger Offer
(The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)
Monsanto Co. on Tuesday again rejected Bayer AG’s takeover proposal, saying Bayer’s improved $65 billion bid still undervalued the biotech seed giant—but it left the door open to further talks with Bayer and “other parties.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
Pfizer said to plan new lab, office in Chesterfield
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/18/16)
New York-based drug company Pfizer plans to move out of its local headquarters at the Monsanto Chesterfield Village Research Center after it builds a new campus for its research and development operations on 32 acres in Chesterfield, according to people familiar with the matter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sigma's new boss is committed to St. Louis 'epicenter'
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/22/16)
Udit Batra was in awe of Sigma-Aldrich’s research and e-commerce capabilities when he was competing with it. He’s even more impressed now that he’s running the company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
DynaLabs investment doubles the size of its testing facility
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/19/16)
DynaLabs LLC, a St. Louis-based pharmaceuticals testing lab, spent $1.5 million to double the size of its testing facility, the company announced Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
2 business parks proposed for Chesterfield
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/21/16)
Two business parks, including one with a historic train station design, are in the works for Chesterfield, according to planning documents filed with the city’s Architectural Review Board. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fenton Chrysler site redevelopment could follow Hazelwood Ford blueprint
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/16)
Amid what seems to be a booming market for new industrial buildings, even more space is underway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
IMPACT Strategies to build warehouse, office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a contract to build a new 114,000-square-foot warehouse and office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud. >> CLICK FOR MORE
A matter of degrees: Regional Chamber wants to boost college completion
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/20/16)
When it comes to education, Missouri has no shortage of goals. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education wants the state to be in, as its slogan says, in the Top 10 by 20 – among the leaders in a variety of school measures by the year 2020. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Study: Is St. Louis making the best use of economic tax incentives?
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/18/16)
Each month the commissioners of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of St. Louis hear request after request from developers and even residents for tax abatements that usually last five to 10 years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
BMO Harris plans to keep historic Southwest Bank building on Kingshighway
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/16)
BMO Harris Bank is planning a $10 million restoration and construction project at its historic Southwest Bank property in south St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis And The International Institute of St. Louis Honored At The White House
(ALIVE Magazine, 7/5/16)
As harsh judgement swirls around questions of immigration policy, the celebration of foreign populations in America seems to be more vital than ever before. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Imagine a Better STL: LaunchCode teaching minorities to code
(KMOV, 7/19/16)
A local non-profit is helping minorities become more involved in the tech industry through summer coding courses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis County Library serving thousands of free lunches this summer
(KSDK, 7/18/16)
The program is available through August 12th at the following branches: Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Rock Road and Weber Road. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, German architects move interior of urban home to Grand Center space
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/21/16)
Anyone who has been through some of St. Louis’ oldest areas, particularly in mostly black neighborhoods, is likely to have been struck by the number of uninhabited spaces. >> CLICK FOR MORE