• 5th Annual Arcus Awards Honor Innovation, Inclusion, and Economic Growth

    Mar 02, 2018
    ArcusAward2018The St. Louis Regional Chamber honored the region’s most prosperous and inspirational leaders and companies at the 5th Annual Arcus Awards event on Thursday evening. The Academy Awards-style program, presented by RubinBrown LLP, honored the achievements of companies and organizations that are inspiring a greater St. Louis. Over 720 executives, entrepreneurs and civic leaders registered to attend the dinner program at the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

    Out of hundreds of nominations, a panel of business scholars and executives selected 11 award winners based on their accomplishments reflecting the Chamber’s One Plan for regional prosperity. The categories honor leadership in the region’s strongest industry clusters that have the global potential for growth, organizations that are creating economic opportunity and mobility through greater educational attainment, inclusion and talent attraction and entrepreneurship and innovation, and companies advocating for forward-thinking economic policies. For the second year in a row, additional recognition was given to a winner of the Arcus People’s Choice Award, selected by over 1,100 individual votes from across the region.

    The 5th Annual Arcus Awards winners were: Electrical Connection, World Wide Technology, MilliporeSigma, Regions Bank, Prosperity Connection, Christian Hospital, Flat World Supply Chain, St. Louis American Foundation, Arch GrantsLaunchCode, and Bi-State Development Research Institute.

    RubinBrown Chairman John Herber, Jr., said, “The Arcus Awards allow us to celebrate the amazing innovation, resilience and achievements of our nominees and finalists. These companies are the best of St. Louis and help our economy grow. We are proud to return for the fifth year as the presenting sponsor of these important and inspiring awards.”

    Arcus is the Latin word for “arch” and symbolizes the Gateway Arch, the unifying symbol of our bi-state region. All of the award finalists, comprised of companies and organizations of all sizes from throughout the bi-state region, were showcased in video segments during the event. Winners in each category received a hand-crafted art piece designed by Mitch Horstmann of St. Louis Sculpture Factory.

    The Arcus Awards winners by category are:

    The Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award for a company making positive changes that impact St. Louisans was presented to Electrical Connection. The Electrical Connection (EC) is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). For more than 75 years, its IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center has trained more electricians/communication technicians than any education program in Missouri. Through its workforce development, support for STEM education, diversity outreach, apprenticeship training and continuing education programs, Electrical Connection truly exemplifies what it means to be a Corporate Citizen.

    Other finalists included: Bunzl Distribution, Maritz, MilliporeSigma, and Redberri Earth Foundation.
    The BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award, for advancing St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision, was presented to World Wide Technology. Since 2011, WWT has grown by more than 56 percent and in 2016, ranked 30th on a Forbes list of the largest U.S. private companies, and is the nation’s largest African American-owned business in the country. From record growth to corporate innovation to community investment, World Wide Technology truly demonstrates the best of St. Louis’ spirit. 

    Other finalists included: CEdge Software Consultants, Scott Air Force Base Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Advisory Group (STEAM), and St. Louis College of Pharmacy. 

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences, sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP, was presented to MilliporeSigma, the life science arm of Merck KGaA. MilliporeSigma employs about 2,000 people in St. Louis, and provide research and lab-based solutions like genomic sequencing technology and stem cell research, and work with international partners to tackle major global diseases.  

    Other finalists included: Aptimmune Biologics, Confluence Discovery Technologies, DynaLabs, and SentiAR.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services, sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP, was presented to both Regions Bank and Prosperity Connection. Regions Bank will invest over $40 million in the St. Louis market to open 11 new banking centers in 2018. They are also investing in low-income housing, no-cost financial education, mentorship through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and community development support for our communities. 
    Prosperity Connection assists low-and-moderate income households build their financial confidence and capability through access to financial education and affordable financial services. Specifically, they operate RedDough Money Centers to combat payday loan lenders in low-income neighborhoods with more affordable options and financial education for residents. 

    Other finalists included: Assembly Payments and Commerce Bank

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Health, sponsored by Centene Corporation, was presented to Christian Hospital. Christian Hospital has planned a transition to all private patient rooms, a $5 million extensive lobby renovation; a $2.7 million lab equipment upgrade; $1 million investment in a new ambulance fleet; and conversion to a new $16 million universal electronic medical record system, in addition to opening two new health centers. They also operate the Christian Hospital PCT Academy, the Christian Hospital EMS (CHEMS) Academy, and partner with area schools to provide job training and workforce development for surrounding communities. 

    Other finalists included: A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Hospital Sisters Health System, Medical Transportation Management, Inc. and St. Luke’s Hospital.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics, sponsored by Spire, was presented to Flat World Supply Chain. Flat World is a technology-based third-party logistics company that helps their clients identify opportunities to change and improve their business processes and operations using an innovative technology for rate/service comparison, tracking, reporting and data mining, and consolidated invoicing. Flat World has now grown to 80 employees and four operating companies to date.

    Other finalists included: City of Alton Mulitmodal Center, Seyer Industries, Inc. and St. Louis Regional Freightway.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment, sponsored by STL Communications, Inc., was presented to the St. Louis American Foundation, created by the St. Louis American newspaper. The Foundation focuses on individual achievement recognition events, scholarships and community Grants (more than $5 million distributed locally) and the award-winning Newspaper in Education Program, which provides and delivers actual physical newspapers with specific STEM, health and financial literary content for 4th-5th grade students at no charge to nearly 7,000 students in nearly 300 classrooms in seven area school districts each week. 

    Other finalists: Fontbonne University, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, PNC Financial Services, Southeast Missouri State University, and St. Louis Graduates.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, sponsored by Monsanto Company, was presented to Arch Grants. Every year, the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition awards $50,000 equity-free cash grants and pro bono support services to innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups that agree to locate their business in St. Louis for at least one year. Since inception in 2012, Arch Grants companies have generated over $48,000,000 in revenue, attracted over $100,000,000 in follow-on capital, and created more than 1,000 new jobs in the St. Louis region. 

    Other finalists included: Astral AR, Ameren Accelerator powered by University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate & Capital Innovators, Cultivation Capital, Kingdom Scene Endeavors, SafeTrek and SixThirty CYBER.

    The Arcus Award for Inclusion and Talent Attraction, sponsored by Express Scripts, was presented to LaunchCode. LaunchCode helps job seekers enter the tech field by providing accessible education, training and paid apprenticeship job placement. Once placed in a LaunchCode position, a candidate works at another company in an apprenticeship, where they are paired with a mentor and given training on the job. Thirty-one percent of current enrolled students are African-American, 42 percent are female, and fifty-five percent of their apprenticeships were previously unemployed.

    Other finalists included: BioSTL, Concordance Academy of Leadership, HireLevel, Programmer Resources International, Inc., and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Public Policy, sponsored by Edward Jones, was presented to Bi-State Development Research Institute. Bi-State Development Research Institute is the nonprofit research arm of the regional development organization Bi-State Development. The organization conducts research on policy research and planning, land use, real estate development, and publishes various papers and feasibility studies on regional, community, and economic development issues. So far, they have launched mobile health clinics and fresh produce markets at MetroLink stations, and its research is helping to drive innovative programs and partnerships across the region.

    Other finalists included: American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, Citizens for Modern Transit, Governor’s Innovation Task Force, and the Missouri Budget Project. 

    The Arcus People’s Choice Award, sponsored by RubinBrown LLP, was awarded to Fontbonne University. Fontbonne University is a coed liberal arts Catholic institution of approximately 3,000 students in Clayton, Missouri. The institution created Fontbonne Promise - a new scholarship program designed to make debt-free college a reality for low-income students. The innovative program will cover full tuition and fees for students who are first-time students, first year students with a zero-expected family contribution. 

    The other top 5 finalists were: Southeast Missouri State University (2); DynaLabs (3); Christian Hospital (4); and HireLevel (5).
  • Celebrating and Honoring Companies That Make St. Louis Great

    Feb 26, 2015

    Our region is great because companies here invest in the St. Louis area, on a daily basis.

    Thursday night, in front of a crowd of 800 people at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, we awarded the 2014 Arcus Awards, presented by RubinBrown LLP, to some amazing companies. Seventy-five businesses, institutions, and organizations were recognized for exceptional commitment to advancing the St. Louis regional economy and championing a greater St. Louis. Their leadership makes the St. Louis region a more attractive place to live, work and invest.

    Arcus Awards were presented in categories representing our region’s authentic strengths and future strategies, as outlined in our One Plan, a focused strategy to grow St. Louis into a Top 10 region for economic prosperity. The outstanding Arcus Awards finalists were recognized for their achievements, with award winners selected by a panel of distinguished business scholars and business executives.

    So, drum roll please, here are our region’s 2014 Arcus Awards winners:

    The Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award, for demonstrating exceptional corporate leadership in the St. Louis region, was presented to Centene Corporation.  In 2014, Centene announced that it would expand into Ferguson with a new claims processing center in Ferguson, creating 150 to 200 jobs with a multitude of benefits including health care, dental and vision insurance. The facility will process claims from Centene’s Home State Health Plan in Missouri and Centene’s other health plans from across the country.

    The BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award, for advancing St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision, was presented to LaunchCode.   Founded by Jim McKelvey, this organization creates pathways to economic opportunity and upward mobility through apprenticeships and job placement in technology and computer programming. In one year, the pioneering workforce training program operated by LaunchCode has placed nearly 100 individuals into apprenticeships at more than 65 companies, with about 90% transitioning into full-time employees. LaunchCode is expected to help expand the pipeline of regional talent for highly sought after computer programmers.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences, sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP, was presented to Missouri Botanical Garden for advancing St. Louis' reputation as a global bioscience hub for their worldwide leadership in research focused on discovering, documenting and conserving the diversity of the world’s plants.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services, sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP, was presented to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for their new Inside the Economy Museum, an interactive experience that teaches financial literacy and which is expected to inspire the next generation of talent to grow St. Louis’ world-class financial services sector.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Health, sponsored by Centene Corporation, was presented to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital for their unique “Care Beyond the Beside” model to improve health care delivery for children.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Multimodal Logistics, sponsored by The Laclede Group, was presented to The Boeing Company for their investment to create up to 700 jobs to build parts for the 777X, Boeing’s next-generation commercial aircraft. This is the first time that The Boeing Company has brought commercial aircraft production to St. Louis.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment, sponsored by Edward Jones, was presented to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing for their One CLIC Accelerated RN/BS Program to meet the growing demand for bachelor degree-educated nurses in our region’s workforce through teaching innovative models focused on working adults.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, sponsored by Monsanto Company, was presented to Cultivation Capital and ITEN. The judges selected two winners in this category to reflect the vital pairing of capital and mentorship. This successful relationship has made St. Louis one of the most closely-watched innovation hubs on the rise around the world. The judges said neither could exist or succeed alone. Cultivation Capital was honored for launching and significantly increasing local venture capital funding for early-stage technology and life sciences companies and for helping to launch two start-up accelerators. ITEN was recognized for their portfolio of mentorship and acceleration programs which are helping strengthen the rapidly expanding the entrepreneurial hub in the St. Louis region.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Inclusion & Talent Attraction, sponsored by STL Communications, Inc., was presented to St. Louis Mosaic Project for creating the Professional Connector Program and the Global Talent Hiring Program that promote a more international workforce in St. Louis, with the goal of making St. Louis the fastest-growing region in the U.S. for immigration.

    It was an exciting event that elevated the stories of businesses and other organizations – ultimately, the people – that are inspiring a greater St. Louis.

    This year, the Arcus Awards highlighted the Reinvest North County Fund launched by the Regional Business Council, and other regional collaborative efforts to support the people and businesses directly impacted by the tragedy in Ferguson and surrounding communities.  Accordingly, the St. Louis Regional Chamber made a donation to the Reinvest North County Fund for each of the first 100 nominations that were submitted for the Arcus Awards.

    We were inspired by the hundreds of nominations we received. By showcasing these finalists and winners last night, we hope to continue the great momentum they’ve begun in our community.