St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Feb 10, 2017
Construction, jobs booming in Edwardsville, according to economic experts
(Belleville News-Democrat, 2/7/17)
Despite lackluster economic growth in Illinois, construction in Edwardsville has nearly tripled in the last two years, rebounding enormously from the depths of the recession. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Former Thompson Street partner raises $37 million for new private equity fund
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/7/17)
Bill Willhite, the former managing partner of Thompson Street Capital Partners, has raised $37 million for a new private equity fund. >> CLICK FOR MORE
‘The Collective’ plans to make St. Louis’ tech scene more inclusive
(St. Louis Public Radio, 2/4/17)
Even though St. Louis’ tech startup scene is growing, it is not always the most inclusive environment for women and people of color. A group of 12 local nonprofits and government organizations want to change that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Obe, Creator Of New Smart Pet Bowl, Wins First-Ever Pet Care Innovation Prize Powered By Purina
(EQ, 2/6/17)
Obe, founder of a new smart pet bowl, was announced today as the grand prize winner of the first Pet Care Innovation Prize powered by Purina. >> CLICK FOR MORE
“Sports Tech Is Booming” – How St. Louis is Getting in the Game
(KMOX, 2/6/17)
The sports technology industry is “booming” and St. Louis is right the middle of the action thanks to an investment and accelerator program specifically for sports-related start-ups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis startup accepted into Silicon Valley accelerator
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/8/17)
St. Louis startup CTY, which develops technology to provide analytics and data for physical places, has been accepted into the famous 500 Startups business accelerator in Silicon Valley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
From Simulation To Holographics: How St. Louis Can Educate The Next Generation Of Healthcare Professionals
(EQ, 2/6/17)
There’s a big difference between reading about how to surgically remove someone’s tooth and actually having to pick up forceps and extract one out of a real-life patient experiencing pain and panic. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Mercy Hospital eyes emergency department expansion, new master plan
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/10/17)
Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur plans to expand its emergency department in what would be the first project of a larger campus renovation, officials said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Cardinal Glennon pediatricians now available via tele-medicine in Highland ER
(Belleville News-Democrat, 2/6/17)
In July of 2016, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital announced a partnership to bring region-leading expertise in pediatric care to Belleville, O’Fallon and many other communities throughout St. Clair County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Washington University gets $4.3 million to improve treatments for sickle cell disease
(St. Louis Public Radio, 2/5/17)
Improved treatments for sickle cell disease are extending the life expectancy of thousands of people in the United States, but many patients still lack adequate care. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Menards Phase 1 Nears Completion
(The Missourian, 2/3/17)
The new Menards manufacturing and distribution center has started limited production and company officials hope to have the entire Phase 1 portion of the facility completed in the spring. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Many NFL helmets are made in near St. Louis
(KTVI, 2/5/17)
Schutt Sports is one of the leading football helmet manufacturers in the United States. In fact, more than 40% of NFL players wear a Schutt helmet- including Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Bryant, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, David Johnson, Patrick Peterson and Julio Jones. The helmets are made in Litchfield and Salem, IL. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Curators approve UMSL tuition break for all Illinois residents
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/9/17)
Catching up to similar efforts made by other universities, the University of Missouri-St. Louis will extend a special tuition rate to all Illinois students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SIUE among best risk-reward college choices
(, 2/6/17)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been ranked 80th among all public institutions nationally for Best Risk-Reward for College Students in’s second annual College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) study. SIUE is third among Illinois state schools. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Developer’s vision for old Pruitt-Igoe site includes hospital and hotels
(St. Louis Public Radio, 2/3/17)
Northside Regeneration’s plans for the old Pruitt-Igoe site became public this week, including a $72 million complex of medical buildings, commercial and office space and two hotels. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Forced to close 6 months ago, metro-east library reopens as learning center
(Belleville News-Democrat, 2/5/17)
For the last six months, books sat unread on the library shelves at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. The library was forced to close due to the state’s budget impasse. However, now thanks to money from the Illinois Community College Board, the library has reopened as a Learning Resource Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
$83 million Armory rehab project moves forward
(St. Louis Business Journal, 2/10/17)
New design plans for Green Street’s $47.1 million overhaul of the old Armory building in Midtown show a next-generation office concept that is likely not available anywhere else in the St. Louis region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
McBride plans development at Fienup Lake in Chesterfield
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/8/17)
McBride & Son Homes is planning a large subdivision around Fienup Lake just off Wildhorse Creek Road in Chesterfield. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Permit issued for next Cortex building
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/8/17)
Evidence that more construction is about to occur at the Cortex tech district is a newly issued St. Louis building permit for a $21 million building. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Ameren continues community-building through diversity training
(KMOV, 2/8/17)
A year ago, Ameren announced an initiative to offer local companies diversity training as a way to bring people together, embrace differences, and strengthen communities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
With rough seas ahead, St. Louis voters soon to elect new navigator
(St. Louis Public Radio, 2/7/17)
Most of the candidates vying to become St. Louis' first new mayor in 16 years are focusing on the city’s problems more than its successes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
(HEC-TV, 2/2017)
Paul Schankman gives us a sights and sounds tour of three exhibits at the World Chess Hall Of Fame in St. Louis. Two of them feature artistic interpretations of chess pieces and boards; the third is a display of chess memorabilia from the Hall of Fame’s collection. >> CLICK FOR MORE