St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Jul 29, 2016
Is Clayton emerging as the St. Louis region's new 'downtown'?
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/25/16)
The city of Clayton is experiencing a burst of construction activity that promises to transform its skyline while raising questions about the continuing shift of investment away from downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Moderately Priced New Construction Keeps St. Louis Rents Low, Study Finds
(Riverfront Times, 7/28/16)
You may have heard about the apartments in the Central West End now leasing for $5,000 a month…But as it turns out, things aren't so bad here — and we have, in part, new construction to thank for that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
When St. Louis Innovators Go To Ireland And France: What Happened And What’s Next
(EQ, 7/27/16)
Thirty St. Louis innovation leaders, including representatives from St. Louis economic development agencies, elected officials, entrepreneur support organizations, startup companies and multi-national corporations, wrapped a six-day delegation to Ireland and France last weekend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis tech company helps find stolen data on the ‘dark web’
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/25/16)
Global Velocity Inc. has released the latest version of its Securio platform designed to help enterprises protect sensitive data from loss or theft. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Saint Louis Fashion Fund raises $1.2 million
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/27/16)
The Saint Louis Fashion Fund has surpassed the $1 million mark of its $2 million ‘Campaign for Fashion’ capital campaign, raising $1.2 million as of Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Centene Tops Views on Acquisition Benefits
(The Wall Street Journal, 7/26/16)
Medicaid-focused health insurer Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported its top and bottom lines nearly doubled in the most recent quarter, handily beating expectations, as a key measure of the company’s medical costs fell, it continued to add members and results saw a boost from the Health Net acquisition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis is at the center of a multi-front fight against obesity
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/25/16)
America is fat and not getting any thinner. For the first time, there are more women who are obese than men. More than 40 percent of U.S. women are obese compared with 35 percent of men, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Memorial Breast Health Center earns national accreditation
(Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
Memorial’s Breast Health Center of Excellence was granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. >> CLICK FOR MORE
One Scientist’s Research Could Lead to a Rare Disease Treatment for Many—Including His Daughter
(St. Louis Magazine, 7/14/16)
Fran Sverdrup first caught sight of his future wife as they stood at a bus stop just off campus—the University of Pittsburgh, where he was doing graduate work in molecular biology and Marsha Pagnotto was studying genetic counseling. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Wash U engineers develop a foam that can clean dirty water
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/28/16)
The future of clean water may depend on developing technologies that aim to clean dirty water. With that in mind, engineers at Washington University in St. Louis are using nanotechnology, the manipulation of materials on a molecular level, to develop a foam that can remove salt and contaminants from water. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Pretium acquires California packaging company
(St. Louis Business Journal, 7/25/16)
Chesterfield-based Pretium Packaging has acquired Custom Blow Molding, an Escondido, California-based supplier of containers for the sports nutrition market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
UMSL awards record number of degrees, ends tough year on positive note
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/26/16)
The University of Missouri-St. Louis closed out its fiscal year on a positive note, setting a record for the number of degrees awarded and posting its third-highest fundraising total in school history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE's redesigned Public Health program prepares students for expanding field
(, 7/27/16)
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior continues to modify and expand its programming, and is now offering a bachelor’s in public health. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Student pharmacists serve locally – and globally
(The St. Louis American, 7/27/16)
John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, became the fourth president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy over five years ago. Since that time, his progressive and innovative leadership is moving the school deeper into pharmacological research, as well as local and global partnerships to meet the fast-changing demands of patient care. >> CLICK FOR MORE
LCCC Fab Lab to host national symposium
(The Alton Telegraph, 7/23/16)
 A national symposium on science, technology and mathematics will be held at Lewis and Clark Community College’s fabrication lab next year, the college recently announced. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Four years in, St. Louis Graduates’ summer drop-in center helps bridge high school and college
(St. Louis Public Radio, 7/25/16)
When Ozzie Furlow graduated from Hazelwood East High School in June, he planned to attend Missouri Western State University in the fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
County library branches almost halfway through $120 million renovation
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/27/16)
With half of St. Louis County Library branches sporting bright, new interiors, more people are getting library cards and attending programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
After 90 Years, Downtown St. Louis YMCA to Move to New Home at MX
(nextSTL, 7/26/16)
Now, with the statement below, the YMCA has announced that it will move from its longtime home to a new space in the MX Building. The new location is planned to open as early as January 2017, with the current facility in operation until that date. >> CLICK FOR MORE
The Town Center will take Edwardsville by storm with 131,890-square-foot development
(, 7/21/16)
The Town Center shopping area in Edwardsville is going to create a thunderbolt when it eventually opens with some of the businesses that will be housed there. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Centene Outlines Benefits Of Expansion
(Webster-Kirkwood Times, 7/27/16)
At a July 16 public meeting, representatives of the Centene Corporation discussed the need and benefits of the proposed expansion of the company's headquarters in downtown Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Chamber hands out ‘Champion’ awards including ‘SJR Six’
(The Missouri Times, 7/27/16)
The St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce named the six legislators who voted to kill SJR 39 as Champion Award Winners on Wednesday afternoon. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Scott’s first transition summit a success
(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/22/16)
Scott Air Force Base’s first transition summit and education fair was such a success that Hiring Our Heroes is looking to set a date for another event in 2017. The two-day transition summit attracted more than 1,000 attendees and included a total of 108 exhibitors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Urban pioneers work to establish Granite City art district
(Belleville News-Democrat, 7/23/16)
Galen Gondolfi is betting that a blighted neighborhood in downtown Granite City can become a cultural hotspot with galleries, artist lofts and venues for music, lectures and performance art. >> CLICK FOR MORE
The Rep Receives $1 Million to Endow its Artistic Director Position
(Broadway World, 7/25/16)
Michael Oberlander, president of the Board of Directors of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, announced today that the Augustin family has given $1 million to The Rep to endow its artistic director position. >> CLICK FOR MORE