• Now Accepting 2018 Arcus Awards Nominations for St. Louis’ Top Leaders and Companies

    Oct 19, 2017

    ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Regional Chamber is now accepting nominations for the region’s top leaders and companies for its 5th Annual Arcus Awards. The Arcus Awards honor companies, organizations, and institutions who demonstrate exceptional commitment to leading the St. Louis region’s economic strengths and creating economic opportunities for our region. The Regional Chamber is accepting nominations now at www.arcusawards.com through Friday, November 27, 2017.

    Latin for “arch”, Arcus symbolizes the Gateway Arch, the unifying symbol of bold vision, partnership and progress for our bi-state region. For-profit businesses, start-ups, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and public entities that maintain a headquarters or substantial operations in the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area are eligible for nomination. The Academy Awards-style event will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.

    The 2018 Arcus Awards are once again being presented by RubinBrown LLP.
    The Chamber and guests will recognize honorees in the following categories, which are based on the Chamber’s One Plan for Regional Prosperity:

    Ameren Corporate Citizen Award

    For enhancing the quality of life and making positive changes that impact St. Louisans across the social, cultural and economic spectrum through philanthropic giving, community involvement by employees, and/or partnerships with state and location governments.

    BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award

    For risk-taking, advancing an innovation, cutting-edge technology, or industry best practice that extends St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Health

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics
    For creating an innovative product or service; achieving revenue or employment growth; raising investment capital; designing or constructing a significant building or infrastructure project; and/ or providing other leadership to champion the bi-state St. Louis region’s world-class excellence in this economic sector.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment
    For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes college degree attainment, improved educational outcomes or on-the-job training.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    For providing leadership through the launch or growth of a start-up company, contributions to forming early-stage capital, or supporting entrepreneurship training.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Inclusion & Talent Attraction
    For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that promotes a diverse and global workforce and increases opportunities for individuals and businesses.

    Arcus Award for Achievement in Public Policy
    For providing leadership through the creation of a program or initiative that unites the public and private sectors to advance and secure policy necessary to make St. Louis a better place to live, work and invest.


    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work and invest. We will win on today’s regional strengths in focused economic clusters. We will champion a better tomorrow through greater educational attainment, economic inclusion, entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit www.stlregionalchamber.com.

  • St. Louis Researchers Are Major Recipients of NIH Grants

    Jun 05, 2017

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the major source of government funding for health and biosciences research.   Greater St. Louis received a total of $439 million in awards in 2016.  Most of the funding awarded was received by area universities.  Washington University in St. Louis is one of the largest recipients of NIH funding with $407 million, followed by Saint Louis University with $21 million. 

    Many private research organizations also saw funding growth including William D. Shannon Consulting, LLC, Intact Genomics, Inc., and ISTO Technologies.  ISTO Technologies’ award jumped by nearly 55 percent over the past year.  

    Summary of National Institutes of Health Funding to Organizations in the St. Louis, MO-IL MSA




    Non-Profits, Non-University Total



    Private Companies Total



    University Recipients Total






    Source: “NIH Awards by Location & Organization” National Institutes of Health, 2016.

    Funding has remained relatively stable throughout the past decade, with a $31 million increase in awards from 2015 to 2016.  An upturn in the amounts received by universities was key to this growth.  While annual awards can vary depending on policy changes and funds available, the health and biosciences industry in St. Louis has sustained its position as a major U.S. research center.  The magnitude of these awards highlights St. Louis’s success in the investment and cultivation of some of the region’s most promising industries.  The St. Louis Regional Chamber’s economic development team shares in the commitment to growing the health and biosciences industries.  In doing so, we are working to build on our economic strengths by focusing on the economic clusters where we already have experienced success and have the potential for global growth.