• St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 17, 2017
    Leadership Council report highlights regional economic development
    (The Alton Telegraph, 3/11/17)
    Improvements totaling nearly $1 billion have been completed, are under construction or have been announced in the past 18 months in Southwestern Illinois, according to the annual 2016 Market Review & Investment Update from the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Market Pulse: St. Louis, MO
    (HospitalityNet, 3/13/17)
    St. Louis is poised to enter a post-recovery phase of economic development and expansion that should continue to support the recent growth of the region's hotel market. Numerous proposed developments and business expansions are anticipated to pave the way for continued transient and extended-stay lodging demand growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scott Air Force Base’s economic impact is $4 billion and growing
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2017)
    The economic activity generated by Scott Air Force Base exceeds $4 billion annually, according to a study released by the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor in November 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Merchants Bridge rehab could double economic impact
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/17/17)
    A new Merchants Bridge that can handle two modern freight trains at once could create more than $456 million in economic activity over a 20-year period — nearly double the impact today, according to its owner, Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis biotech startups increase funding 87 percent
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    St. Louis biotech startups raised $242 million from venture capitalists in 2016, an 87 percent increase when compared with investment totals from 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ITEN’s Mock Angel program readies entrepreneurs for investment
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    According to a recent report from tech startup support organization ITEN, more than half of entrepreneurs say access to money is their biggest challenge. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis agtech startup raises $18.3 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/15/17)
    St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems, a plant science firm trying to meld analytics technology with biology, is on a funding tear. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chris Motley wins SXSWedu Launch Competition
    (The St. Louis American, 3/14/17)
    The Whether powered by Better Weekdays was announced the winner of the Launch startup competition held by SXSWedu in Austin, Texas (part of the South by Southwest Festival), on Thursday, March 9. Chris Motley is the CEO and founder of the St. Louis-based company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cops' startup uses facial recognition to improve security
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/17/17)
    At one MotoMart, you can’t enter at night unless you look into the camera. If your face is obscured by a mask, face or hood, the door stays locked. If the camera gets a good look at you, it lets you in. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC West receives approval for expansion
    (KTVI, 3/14/17)
    Barnes Jewish West County Hospital will launch construction on a new facility later this month after receiving approval from the Creve Coeur City Council. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $1.28 million given for heart, vascular center at St. Elizabeth’s
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/15/17)
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation announced on Wednesday, March 15 the receipt of a gift of $1.28 million from the W.E. Renth Trust. One million dollars of the gift is designated for the St. Elizabeth’s Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign with the balance placed in an endowment for maintenance and upkeep of the new facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Erker's to launch Delmar Loop eyeglass factory, store in April
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/12/17)
    The Erker family’s eyewear business, founded in 1879, has a long legacy in St. Louis, predating the Gateway Arch and 45 city mayors. It was established just 19 years after the Anheuser-Busch brewery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE implements reverse transfer credit program with L&C
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/14/17)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College have established a reverse transfer agreement. The Reverse Transfer Credit Program is an expansion of the institutions’ partnership to continue to help SIUE students who transfer from L&C to transfer credits back to L&C. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The story of Maplewood's turnaround
    (St. Louis Magazine, 3/16/17)
    The next hot topic among urbanists in St. Louis is the so-called inner-ring suburb, the term for a community that rose up on the city’s border in the early 20th century. Yet these peaceful refuges have arrived at a moment of reckoning: The houses are 100 years old, and the residents must decide whether to reinvent their towns or move on. Case in point: Maplewood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Can West Florissant be made into a ‘Great Street’?
    (The St. Louis American, 3/16/17)
    West Florissant Avenue became known worldwide as “Ground Zero” for the Ferguson movement, after the police-shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014. Now residents and community leaders are hoping that it will become known for a different reason in the next few year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Solarize Madison County hopes to expand success of initial Godfrey program
    (Riverbender.com, 3/13/17)
    With threats such as climate change, peak oil and ever-increasing energy costs, solar panels are becoming enticing to home and business owners trying to get ahead of the curve. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sustainability plan from 2013 exceeds goals
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/16/17)
    In 2013, the city of St. Louis launched its sustainability plan, setting  29 goals to be accomplished by 2018. At a progress report Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay and Catherine Werner, sustainability director, gave an update on how the program is going. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois implements smart technology to reduce costs, carbon footprint
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    Ameren Illinois began grid modernizations for its Illinois customers in 2012, which cut carbon emission by 220,000 pounds last year, according to Ryan Ellen, director of advanced metering infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Heights: major expansion in 2018-2020
    (40 South News, 3/16/17)
    A major expansion is planned for The Heights, in Richmond Heights, including a totally new library, a reconfigured pool, new features for kids, and new, dedicated spaces for activity rooms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Trump May Not Want Immigrants, but Rust Belt Mayors Do
    (Bloomberg Markets, 3/17/17)
    In 1997, refugee Alem Boric and a partner started Europa Market, 600 square feet of Bosnia in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis metro area continues to see growing immigrant population
    (KMOV, 3/10/17)
    The St. Louis region was the fastest growing region for foreign born people in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    One-of-a-Kind Bike Racks Come with a Mission: Job Skills for Teens
    (Riverfront Times, 3/13/17)
    You may have noticed the brightly painted bike racks installed in front of a growing number of businesses in St. Louis — including Olio, the Soulard Market and the Moto Museum. But while each rack is unique, they have a common origin: They were created by young artists from under-privileged backgrounds who learned to design and build custom racks using discarded bicycle parts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midwestern Magic: The Saint Louis Fashion Fund Celebrates New Names in Design
    (Vogue, 3/9/17)
    On Saturday night, St. Louis’s most talented names in design came together to host a cocktail party to toast the new names of design. Board president Susan Sherman joined board members including Jacob Laws and Sarah Stallman in creating a modern-day incubator to highlight innovative design. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Gateway Arch with New Stamp
    (KMOX, 3/14/17)
     The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp on Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Is St. Louis really ‘#1 in Civil Rights?’ The Missouri History Museum makes a compelling case
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/14/17)
    If you remember the day two St. Louis activists climbed 125 feet up a construction ladder on the unfinished north leg of the Gateway Arch, you remember a key moment of the civil rights movement in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ Neighborhoods Of Character: Cherokee Street
    (ALIVE Magazine, 3/15/17)
    Cherokee Street is an impromptu arts district that houses innumerable entrepreneurs, artists, writers, creators, small-business owners, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Its stunning architectural beauty and history is the stuff of legend. The diversity of makers will surprise you, their corner shops will charm you and their stories will amaze you. >> CLICK FOR MORE