St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Sep 09, 2016
St. Louis Rethinks Tourism Marketing in Response to Ferguson Violence
(Skift, 9/9/16)
Two years after the August 2014 unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the St. Louis tourism bureau and a broad coalition of business and civic leaders launched a new collaborative marketing campaign designed to show a city working together in unison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Regional Chamber looks to build St. Louis into a startup hub
(KTVI, 8/31/16)
St. Louis is known for its start up businesses.  On Wednesday, fifteen companies are at the Four Season's downtown hoping their business model is successful. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Solid Gold Pet Opens New Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis
(Pet Product News, 9/2/16)
Solid Gold Pet is bringing new jobs to St. Louis as the company opens its new corporate headquarters in Chesterfield, Mo., and increases its operations team. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Square to take more office space in St. Louis
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/29/16)
Square, the multibillion-dollar payments company founded by native St.Louisans Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, is close to expanding its footprint in St. Louis by taking additional office space in the Cortex innovation district. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE announces innovative partnership with T-REX Innovation
(, 9/1/16)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Denise Cobb, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, today announced a new partnership for with the T-REX Innovation Center located in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Tom Hillman launches $45 million life sciences fund
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/16)
Venture capitalist Tom Hillman has closed on the first tranche of a planned $45 million investment fund that will invest in startups in the life sciences sector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Veniti locks down $25M from Boston Scientific for venous stent system
(FierceBiotech, 9/8/16)
Veniti locked down $25 million in Series D financing from Boston Scientific ($BSX) to finish a clinical trial for its venous stent system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Minority tech start-up wants to innovate new ways of diversifying tech start-up sector
(The St. Louis American, 9/7/16)
Seqwana Pryor is a chemical engineer with 18 years of corporate experience at DuPont Company, so she understands how much time it can take to develop a product. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Joe Biden to visit LaunchCode in St. Louis
(KSDK, 9/8/16)
He will visit Launch Code. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Express Scripts diabetes program aims to cap costs for customers
(Reuters, 8/31/16)
Express Scripts Holding, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said on Wednesday it will implement a program next year that guarantees per-patient spending caps on diabetes drug costs in an effort to limit soaring increases for its customers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ojeda invests $1.7 million in Metro East medical lab
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/16)
Metro East entrepreneur Vince Ojeda is building a second company focused on the medical lab test market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Mallinckrodt completes purchase of regenerative medicine company
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/1/16)
Mallinckrodt PLC said Wednesday it completed its previously announced buyout of Stratatech Corp., a privately held company focused on developing regenerative skin tissue and technology to treat severe burns. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Uptick in women-led companies at Ag Innovation Showcase
(Wisconsin State Farmer, 8/30/16)
At the 8th annual Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, MO, (September 14-16), six women-led businesses will pitch on the main stage– up from last year’s total of four women-led companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Amazon welcomes new employees in Edwardsville
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/6/16)
Amazon recently welcomed new employees for their first day at work at the online retailer's two fulfillment centers — aka warehouses — in Edwardsville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Emerson acquires two cargo monitoring companies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/30/16)
Emerson has acquired two companies that provide systems to monitor the safe transport of fresh food and other temperature-sensitive goods. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cotton Babies cloth diaper company to move manufacturing operations to Fenton
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/30/16)
Jennifer Labit remembers long nights sitting in her laundry room about a dozen years ago, folding and sewing together cloth diaper inserts made from microfiber cleaning cloths usually found in the automotive section. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Downtown St. Louis 'never done redeveloping,' Kelley says
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/30/16)
Missy Kelley had been an advocate for downtown for years when she became CEO of Downtown STL last August. But she turned it up a notch a few months later by moving her family from the quiet confines of suburbia to a downtown apartment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
East-West Gateway to move ahead on MetroLink expansion studies
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/1/16)
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments on Wednesday voted to move forward on $5 million in studies of possible new MetroLink routes, including one that would connect to Ferguson. >> CLICK FOR MORE
STL’s first chief resilience officer Patrick Brown went from the mall to the mayor’s office to the Rockefeller Foundation
(The St. Louis American, 9/6/16)
The Rockefeller Foundation started its 100 Resilient Cities program to help cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic and physical challenges – things like riots and earthquakes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Clayton planning commission unanimously recommends approval of Centene rezoning
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/7/16)
Yes it’s election season, but some of the mailers and telephone surveys targeting Clayton households have nothing to do with politicians seeking office. >> CLICK FOR MORE
City Foundry Vision Gets Big Boost from Bull Moose, Now $340M
(nextSTL, 8/25/16)
What was once announced as a $100M remake of a long vacant foundry just to the east of the St. Louis IKEA and Cortex, is now a $340M dream. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE Trustees approve contracts for SIUE School of Engineering Design Center
(, 9/8/16)
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Edwardsville campus today, approved contracts worth more than $3.5 million to construct a student project design center for the School of Engineering. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Immigrants Contribute to Missouri's Economy
(KMA Land, 8/28/16)
The Partnership for a New American Economy report shows Missouri's immigrant population contributes $7 billion in wages and salaries to the state's economy annually, and those residents pay close to $2 million in taxes each year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Principal of St. Louis school for immigrant, refugee children: ‘We can be an example of world peace'
(St. Louis Public Radio, 9/7/16)
Donnie Harris is the principal of Nahed Chapman New American Academy, located at 1530 S. Grand in the City of St. Louis. The school opened in 2009 as an “International Welcome School,” which provides a safe environment for immigrants and refugee students who have low formal education and struggle with limited English and, for some, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ludeman’s Concordance Academy hits milestone, seeks more funding
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/26/16)
Concordance Academy of Leadership, led by President and CEO Danny Ludeman, has begun providing a broad range of services to its first cohort of soon-to-be-released prisoners with the goal of keeping them from returning to prison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
U.S. Bank invests $2 million in Ferguson jobs center
(St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/16)
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, invested $2 million in the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ new job training site in Ferguson, the company said this week. >> CLICK FOR MORE
016: Pat Coleman President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR)
(Making Her Mark, 9/2016)
Over the holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of talking to Pat Coleman, President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR). >> CLICK FOR MORE
Group eyes site near Union Station for MLS stadium
(St. Louis Business Journal, 8/25/16)
A group of local business and sports leaders aiming to lure a Major League Soccerteam to St. Louis has narrowed its focus for a potential stadium site to the area just west of Union Station where the Interstate 64 Market Street interchange is located, according to sources familiar with the deal. >> CLICK FOR MORE