St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Mar 31, 2017
Bringing soccer to St. Louis is the right call
(St. Louis Business Journal, 3/30/17)
After what the Rams and the NFL did to St. Louis, some people are asking themselves whether the bid to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis is more of the same. It couldn’t be more different. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis MLS Bid A Fiscally Responsible Partnership With Unprecedented City, Community Benefits
(Forbes, 3/30/17)
On April 4, St. Louis voters face a landmark moment in the history of their city, and for that matter, the St. Louis region as a whole. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Pro & Con: Proposition P, a St. Louis County ballot measure, regarding police, public safety funding
(St. Louis Public Radio, 3/24/17)
On Friday, St. Louis on the Air hosted a moderated conversation about Proposition P, one of the ballot measures that St. Louis County voters will decide on during the April 4 election. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Clair County voters will decide on two proposed 1 percent sales taxes for schools, public safety
(Madison County Record, 3/29/17)
While two proposed 1 percent sales taxes in St. Clair County could drive shoppers away from an area considered a local hotspot for retail, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says the county has to invest in its community in order to grow. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Metro East housing industry off to good start in 2017
(Illinois Business Journal, 3/2017)
February showed a continuation of a positive uptick in home sales compared to January of this year. St. Clair, Randolph, and Clinton Counties all recorded an increase in home sales compared to January 2017. >> CLICK FOR MORE
11 St. Louis firms seek funding at InvestMidwest
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/29/17)
Investors prospecting for deals in Kansas City on Wednesday will see a steady stream of pitches from St. Louis. Eleven of the 44 companies making presentations at the 18th InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum are from the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Show-Me Innovation
(Nine Network, 3/23/17)
This special looks at the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in Missouri’s economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
SixThirty invests in 5 new fintech startups
(Missouri Business Alert, 3/30/17)
SixThirty, the St. Louis-based business accelerator for tech startups in the financial services sector, has announced five new portfolio companies, ranging from the developer of an artificial intelligence platform to the maker of software for transferring money via social media. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems announced today the close of a Series B funding round at $25 million.
(Silicon Prairie News, 3/28/17)
Last year, the company had set an early goal of raising $15 million but Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems, said he quickly realized that the excitement surrounding their CropOS platform would allow them to surpass that target. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Saint Louis University researchers study receptors linked to muscle metabolism
(Life Science Daily, 3/29/17)
If research at Saint Louis University (SLU) can tap into the potential of two nuclear receptors that control muscle metabolism, the direction the scientists hope to move toward in their quest to help patients fight obesity and diabetes will involve exercise in pill form. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Regional Freightway and Port of New Orleans Sign Supply Chain MOU
(Supply Chain Management Review, 3/30/17)
The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the St. Louis Regional Freightway have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to exchange market and operational information with the goal of growing trade and building upon existing and new business relationships between the two regions and critical ports. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Emerson becomes first premier corporate member of Edwardsville-based Fab Lab
(, 3/24/17)
Emerson, a global technology and engineering company headquartered in St. Louis, sees Lewis and Clark Community College’s St. Louis Confluence Fab Lab as a resource for its innovative research and development divisions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Savvy Kids Fosters Kids’ Natural Entrepreneurship Impulses
(EQ, 3/28/17)
Founded in 2015 in Nashville, Savvy Coders expanded into St. Louis in 2016. The startup teaches front end software development skills to anyone with the desire to learn. It joins programs like LaunchCode in addressing the tech talent gap in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to 100 percent renewable energy
(CNBC, 3/29/17)
Brewing powerhouse Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has committed to secure all of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Alton Square Mall owners announce plans; theater among possibilities
(The Alton Telegraph, 3/27/17)
The owners of Alton Square Mall have announced plans for a major renovation of the facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Design and Site Plan for 64 Townhomes at Lafayette Square Praxair Site Presented
(nextSTL, 3/24/17)
Lafayette Square appears close to finally developing the long-vacant Praxair site. Pulte Homes plans to build 64 Killeen Studio Architects-designed townhomes on the Praxair site bounded by Chouteau, Missouri Avenue, MacKay Place and a separate parcel fronting Hickory Street to the south. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Rehab of old Columbia Iron Works building planned in Forest Park Southeast
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/24/17)
The Missouri Foundation for Health plans to move its offices from downtown to the vacant Columbia Iron Works building in Forest Park Southeast. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Delmar DivINe Website Promotes Project to Redevelop St. Luke’s Hospital Along Delmar Divide
(nextSTL, 3/24/17)
Last month, Maxine Clark, founder and retired chief executive of Build-A-Bear Workshop (now CEO of the Clark Fox Family Foundation), and Bob Clark, chairman and chief executive of Clayco Corp (nope, they’re not related), presented a redevelopment plan for the shuttered St. Luke’s Hospital on Delmar Boulevard to the City of St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Forest Park Forever building upon success of upgrading park
(KTVI, 3/28/17)
It’s a project that has been going on in St. Louis for more than three decades, and officials say it will never be done. >> CLICK FOR MORE
How a Red State City Fell in Love With Muslim Immigrants
(Bloomberg Markets, 3/24/17)
Post-industrial Midwestern America helped propel Donald Trump to the nation's top job. You've heard that a hundred times. But did you hear about St Louis? >> CLICK FOR MORE
Fairmont City library wins big award for its connection with community
(Belleville News-Democrat, 3/30/17)
While it might be referred to fondly by some as “itty-bitty Fairmont City,” the village’s library services are anything but itty-bitty — a point proven this month when the facility took home a $10,000 international award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Downtown St. Louis Replaces Guides With Guards
(Next City, 3/24/17)
For the past 17 years, if you were lost trying to find downtown St. Louis’ famous arch, a guide in a bright yellow shirt may have come to your assistance — and recommended a spot for toasted ravioli to boot. Today, you probably have a smartphone for that. As of this month, if you do find yourself turned around in St. Louis, it’ll no longer be a guide that comes to your rescue, but an off-duty police officer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
Webster University Wins 5th Straight President's Cup
(, 3/28/17)
Top-rated Webster University has won its fifth consecutive President's Cup title, beating out the three other invited teams from Texas Tech, St. Louis University, and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in an event also known as the "Final Four of College Chess." >> CLICK FOR MORE
Supermodel Karlie Kloss launches clothing line in St. Louis
(KTVI, 3/31/17)
Supermodel and St. Louis native Karlie Kloss celebrates the launch of her new clothing line right here in her hometown. Karlie Kloss put on incredible show for her hometown of St. Louis Thursday night at The Pageant. >> CLICK FOR MORE
New field opens for growing sport of cricket in St. Louis
(St. Louis Public Radio, 3/24/17)
A cricket field opening Saturday in St. Charles County signals how much the sport is growing in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
St. Louis Zoo voted 'Nation's Best Zoo'
(KSDK, 3/31/17)
It's official, the St. Louis Zoo is the best zoo in the United States! >> CLICK FOR MORE