St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Aug 12, 2016
New agency at Scott Air Force Base will help keep cyber criminals at bay
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/11/16)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined federal, state and local officials in cutting the ribbon to open the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Global Operations Command Facility Thursday morning at Scott Air Force Base. >> CLICK FOR MORE
City parking money to fund $2 million MetroLink study
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/16)
A $2 million study to evaluate the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink expansion will be paid for by city parking funds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Clarkson Eyecare triples in size with $105 million worth of deals
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/12/16)
When San Francisco-based FFL Partners invested in Clarkson Eyecare last spring, the private equity firm said the deal would provide additional capital for the Ballwin-based eyecare company to expand. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis banks post 25% higher profits, with 18% more loans
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
For St. Louis banks, the trend in the second quarter was largely a repeat of the first quarter. And that’s not a bad thing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Health care startups raise $74 million during first half of 2016
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/16)
Health care companies from the Midwest brought in more than $1 billion in new equity investments during the first half of 2016, according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Mallinckrodt to acquire treatment that regenerates skin after severe burns
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/16)
Mallinckrodt has entered into an agreement to acquire a Wisconsin company that is developing what Mallinckrodt says is the first "off-the-shelf" product that regenerates skin after it's damaged by severe burns. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fourth Israeli company to put U.S. headquarters in St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/8/16)
NRGene is an ag tech company based in Israel that will soon have a presence in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Life sciences company buys Earth City warehouse
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/16)
A 21,000-square-foot Earth City facility that was formerly home to a South Dakota-based plastic and electronics manufacture, has been sold to Scinomix, a laboratory automation solutions provider to customers in the life sciences industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis warehouse vacancies fall
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/8/16)
Available industrial real estate in the St. Louis area has fallen by nearly half from its post-recession peak of 16 percent, according to a new report from real estate firm CBRE. >> CLICK FOR MORE
John Beal growing into new Maryland Heights HQ
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
Officials with John Beal Inc., one of the region’s largest roofing contractors, expect to grow revenue 38 percent this year to $25 million as the company continues its push to become more technologically savvy and consumer friendly. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Aclara buys smart grid business from East Coast firm
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
Aclara Technologies, a smart-meter company based in Hazelwood, has acquired the smart grid business of Tollgrade Communications Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company that unloaded the unit to focus more on its broadband offerings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Students get front row seats to health career opportunities
(, 8/8/16)
What if you could get an inside look as a teenager at a future career in health care? You might find that there are more options than you ever dreamed possible. That’s what BJC School Outreach and Youth Development hopes area students will learn through the organization’s career exploration programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Jennings High School students gain summer lab experience at UMSL
(UMSL Daily, 8/10/16)
For more than a dozen Jennings High School students, the first day of school this week wasn’t their first day back in an academic setting. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SLU Opens First New Dorm in 2 Decades
(CBS St. Louis, 8/8/16)
Saint Louis University has opened its first new residence hall in nearly two decades. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Aquarium to be built at Union Station
(KSDK, 8/9/16)
There is something fishy being built at Union Station… a new St. Louis Aquarium! >> CLICK FOR MORE
Food hall coming to Midtown St. Louis
(KTVI, 8/9/16)
Ground is about the broken on a major project in midtown that will be like nothing else in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Looking back and ahead, two years after the death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/9/16)
Tuesday, Aug. 9, marked two years since the police shooting death of Michael Brown. What's changed over those two years? What hasn't? What feelings does the day bring up for you? >> CLICK FOR MORE
Destroyed Ferguson Boutique is Better Than Ever
(CBS St. Louis, 8/9/16)
Juanita Morris’ fashion boutique on West Florissant in Ferguson at first survived so many nights of looting when the riots began in August 2014. But eventually her store suffered a similar fate as the now well-known Berkeley QuikTrip and Zisser Tire & Auto Services. >> CLICK FOR MORE
The economic impact of immigrants to the state of Missouri and St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/10/16)
Today, there are 224,430 foreign-born people living in Missouri. Some 14,000 of those immigrants are self-employed and immigrant-owned businesses that generated over $250 million in business income in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Minority business center gets $1.4 million grant
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/16)
The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. has received a federal grant of over $1.4 million to operate the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Imagine a Better STL: Local organization provides capital to small businesses
(KMOV, 8/9/16)
The owner of a growing downtown St. Louis construction business is breaking down social and racial barriers while trying to make St. Louis a better place. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Want to open a business in East St. Louis? She’s here to help
(Belleville News-Democrat, 8/7/16)
Running a business is in Devon Moody-Graham’s blood. Blame her parents. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Blues, Cardinals and NHL tout potential impact of Winter Classic
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/9/16)
Following the selection of five St. Louis area players in the first round of this year's National Hockey League draft, officials with the Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL are convinced an outdoor game in January will help build on the sport's already solid footing in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Poet Laureate of ESL will be celebrated for 40 years of service
(The St. Louis American, 8/10/16)
Audiences will have a chance to meet, greet and hear East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond relive four decades of poetry and publishing next Wednesday in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Elijah P. Lovejoy Library. >> CLICK FOR MORE
On Chess: St. Louis' reputation as chess capital grows as another grand master makes the city home
(St. Louis Public Radio, 8/11/16)
St. Louis has established itself, without a doubt, as the capital of chess in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Renovation Of Miles Davis’ Childhood Home Nearing Completion
(CBS St. Louis, 8/11/16)
A nearly decade-long effort to restore the boyhood home of jazz great Miles Davis and open it as a museum is nearing its culmination. >> CLICK FOR MORE