St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Oct 14, 2016
Colleges Pay Millions to Host a Presidential Debate
(The Atlantic, 10/8/16)
Winning the right to host a presidential debate is an expensive victory. Washington University in St. Louis is prepared to spend between $4 million and $5 million to host a 90-minute matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday evening. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Boeing opens first commercial aircraft plant in St. Louis
(Reuters, 10/13/16)
Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Thursday it opened its first commercial airplane plant in St. Louis that is expected to add about 700 jobs by early 2020, when the company is scheduled to start deliveries of the 777X. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Tries to Rebrand the City for Meetings With a New Music and Tech Festival
(Skift, 10/14/16)
St. Louis is fortunate to have one of the more advanced startup communities of any third tier city in America, and it’s leveraging that aggressively through the Murmuration Festival to reposition itself as a forward thinking destination for meetings and events. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cushman & Wakefield to add 600 jobs in St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/16)
Cushman & Wakefield, St. Louis’ largest commercial real estate firm when ranked by local active brokers, plans to add 600 new jobs over the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Unleashed: Growing pet food business brings jobs to St. Louis
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/16)
While St. Louis bemoans the loss of public company headquarters over the years, the pet food industry is one sector that has thrown the region a bone. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Slay visits London to push for direct flights to Lambert
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/16)
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is in England making a pitch for direct flights between London and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Enterprise Financial buying Eagle Bank's parent for $130 million
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/11/16)
Enterprise Financial Services Corp. is expanding its St. Louis banking operations by acquiring Jefferson County Bancshares and its principal subsidiary Eagle Bank and Trust for $130.6 million. It’s the largest acquisition in Enterprise’s 28-year history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Perficient Buys $7M Digital Consultancy To Help It Achieve Mobile App Mastery
(CRN, 10/13/16)
Perficient purchased a 60-person digital consultancy that works with Home Depot, the New York Philharmonic and Turner Broadcasting. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis firms raise $63 million in venture capital
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/14/16)
Five St. Louis companies raised $63 million in venture capital during this year's third quarter, according to the authoritative MoneyTree report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Lewis & Clark leads $8.6 million round for software startup
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/16)
Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm launched in 2015 by Tom Hillman, has led a $8.6 million Series B round for Michigan-based startup Blue Medora, which has developed software for the enterprise cloud and data center management sector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis connection spurs interest in Irish ag startups
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/11/16)
It’s hard to overstate how big of a deal the National Ploughing Championships are in Ireland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Monsanto's small competitors see opportunity in seed industry M&A
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/16)
While the global seed and chemical industry is rapidly being realigned by mega-deals such as Monsanto Co.'s planned $66 billion buyout by Germany's Bayer AG, smaller seed companies are seeing opportunity in the shakeup. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Chesterfield manufacturer, under new ownership, to move HQ to Maryland Heights
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/11/16)
Officials with Pohlman, a local firm that manufactures high-volume precision machined metal components mostly for the automotive industry, plan to move the company’s headquarters from Chesterfield to Maryland Heights, where they expect to increase hiring and output. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Spec warehouse is going up in NorthPark
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/16)
CRG, the real estate development arm of Clayco, is building on spec a $30 million warehouse at the NorthPark business park in St. Louis County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Princeton Review tabs SIUE School of Business among nation's best for 11th consecutive year
(, 10/10/16)
The Princeton Review has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Business as one of the best in the country for the 11th-consecutive year. The education services company features the School in the 2017 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
College tech program turns reluctant student into a productive one
(Belleville News-Democrat, 10/11/16)
Lucas Cooper admits sitting in a classroom hasn’t always been his favorite thing to do. “I never liked school a lot until I came here,” the 20-year-old from Edwardsville said. “I like working with my hands and finding a place where I could make something of myself.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
Harris-Stowe receives share of $5M grant to increase minority STEM grads
(The St. Louis American, 10/12/16)
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University earlier today (Wednesday, October 12) to help the school announce that they are part of an alliance of eight Missouri colleges and universities that have jointly received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Next phase of St. Louis County Library renovations to begin
(St. Louis Public Radio, 10/3/16)
Phase two of a project to replace or renovate 19 of the 20 St. Louis County Library brancheis set to get underway this month. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University unveils ‘most expensive’ construction project in school history
(St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/16)
Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton briefed the university’s Board of Trustees on the school’s plans to transform the east end of the Danforth Campus, calling it “the most expensive and complicated construction project in the history of our university.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
Koman Group Buys 3.3 Acres in Cortex Innovation Community
(nextSTL, 10/6/16)
nextSTL has learned urban developer Koman Group has acquired 3.3 acres within the Cortex Innovation Community boundary. The area is the heart of the burgeoning urban development scene in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Interview: Sheila Sweeney On St. Louis’ Emerging AgTech Corridor
(EQ, 10/13/16)
It was one year ago this month when Sheila Sweeney took over as CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Sheridan will lead global Venture Cafe expansion from St. Louis
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/7/16)
Travis Sheridan, founding executive director of the non-profit Venture Cafe in St. Louis, is taking a new role as president of Venture Cafe Global Institute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Business Diversity Initiative graduates 10th fellowship class
(The St. Louis American, 10/13/16)
Six years ago, Isaac Butler graduated from the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program, which is like a professional-leadership boot camp for minorities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
As Latino Clout in St. Louis Grows, the Cardinals Test a Spanish-Language Broadcast 
(Riverfront Times, 10/12/16)
A cold drizzle falls on Busch Stadium as Brenda Garcia, husband Tony and DJ Tiburon from her Spanish-language radio station hustle to set up their booth in a corner of the upper walkway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ask a Local: An Insider's Guide to St. Louis, Missouri
(Bon Appétit, 10/13/16)
“If there’s still a kid in you, the Gateway Arch is fascinating,” says Mike Marquard, co-owner of Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Central Library to Become Archival Home of St. Louis Blues
(CBS St. Louis, 10/7/16)
Those blues ticket stubs, signed programs and other memorabilia you’ve been holding on to all these years, could find a place in a new exhibit. >> CLICK FOR MORE