• St. Louis Press Pass

    Dec 16, 2016
    HUD awards nearly $30 million to the city of St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/12/16)
    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced Monday that the city of St. Louis will receive $29.5 million to redevelop the city's Near North Side neighborhood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri’s jobless rate drops in November
    (KTRS, 12/13/16)
    Jobs are on the rise and unemployment continues to decline in Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Caleres Snaps Up Allen Edmonds for $255 Million
    (Footwear News, 12/13/16)
    Caleres is closing out the year with a big buy. The St. Louis-based firm announced today that it has acquired U.S.-based men’s shoe brand Allen Edmonds from private equity firm Brentwood Associates for $255 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis firm acquires one of KC's biggest data center providers
    (Kansas City Business Journal, 12/13/16)
    Contegix, the St. Louis-based cloud hosting provider, has acquired Admo.net Web Services, a Kansas City-based cloud and managed services provider. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Eagle Bank opens mortgage office in Ferguson
    (The St. Louis American, 12/12/16)
    Eagle Bank and Trust recently opened its newest location, a mortgage office located at 10853 W. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, MO. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture capital firms launched funds totaling $682 million in 2016
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/14/16)
    Several high-profile investment funds that launched in the fourth quarter of this year propelled St. Louis to one its best, if not the best, year on record for raising venture capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Continues Growth, Announces $25-50 Million Fund At Demo Day
    (SportTechie, 12/15/16)
    Stadia Ventures, the St. Louis-based Sports Innovation Hub for entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors, recently held their third Demo Day which saw pitches from their five current Fall of 2016 cohort members. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Technology Corporation announces $2.6M in funding for 10 startups
    (Missouri Business Alert, 12/13/16)
    The Missouri Technology Corporation approved 10 Missouri companies for $2.6 million in early-stage co-investment awards, part of an effort by the state to support startup growth and spur job creation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto Shareholders Approve Bayer's $57 Billion Takeover
    (The New York Times, 12/13/16)
    Monsanto Co. shareholders on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $57 billion merger with Bayer AG, a deal that would combine two of the world's biggest agricultural companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danforth Center receives funding to expand cassava project to Nigeria
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/14/16)
    Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center say a $10.45 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allow them to expand a project to develop genetically modified cassava into Nigeria. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New buildings in Southwestern Illinois help drive record-setting year for region’s industrial market
    (Illinois Business Journal, 12/2016)
    Commercial real estate brokerage firm JLL says the region’s industrial sector is on track to deliver nearly seven million square feet of new construction by the end of the year, the highest activity the region has ever seen. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing moving defense HQ from St. Louis to D.C. area
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/13/16)
    Boeing Co. said Tuesday that it will move the headquarters of its defense unit from St. Louis to the Washington area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    'Hot' Gateway Commerce area remains bustling after Amazon opening its doors
    (Riverbender.com, 12/12/16)
    Something Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler is excited about is inheriting a bustling Gateway Commerce Center Corridor. Prenzler is optimistic about the bright future for the Gateway Commerce area and this region’s business future. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Some Granite City steelworkers get good news from U.S. Steel
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/13/16)
    More than 200 jobs are set to return as part of the Granite City Works operation is scheduled to begin operating again in mid-February, U.S. Steel said in a news release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pharma Tech expands Missouri plant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/15/16)
    Pharma Tech Industries has added a new high-speed bottling line to its plant in Union, Missouri. The new line includes unscrambling, filling, weighing, metal detection, capping, sealing, bundling and casepacking equipment for the production of pharmaceuticals. It is capable of filling up to 300 bottles per minute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Selective colleges pledge to recruit more low-income students
    (The Washington Post, 12/13/16)
    Thirty selective colleges and universities announced Tuesday that they are teaming up in an effort to recruit more students from lower-income families. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Community College sets course for wide-ranging diversity plan
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/10/16)
    Over the next two years St. Louis Community College will be undertaking a number of steps to better support students from diverse backgrounds, from a review of faculty representation to accommodations for parents. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE strengthens global partnership with South Korea's Tongmyong University
    (Riverbender.com, 12/9/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosted a delegation from Tongmyong University (TU), of Busan, South Korea, Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 5-7, during which the administrators from the two institutions discussed expanding their strong academic collaborations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    These college students explain why they love the metro-east
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/8/16)
    Katie Terziovski’s father and his family immigrated to the United States from Romania and made a life for themselves in the metro-east. “Their success here meant the world to them as they escaped a communist country,” she said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Community college offers free Boeing training programs
    (The St. Louis American, 12/8/16)
    St. Louis Community College, in partnership with Boeing, offers accelerated pre-employment programs to train individuals for potential jobs as assembly mechanics and composite mechanics at Boeing. Training is free for those who qualify and will be conducted at the college’s Center for Workforce Innovation near its Florissant Valley campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Proposed apartment building design in CWE unveiled to residents
    (KMOV, 12/13/16)
    The design of a proposed apartment building near Forest Park was unveiled to nearby residents Monday night. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rowden files state earned income tax credit bill
    (The Missouri Times, 12/12/16)
    One of the first bills Sen.-elect Caleb Rowden has filed for debate and deliberation in the upper chamber is a bill that would guarantee a state earned income tax credit (EITC) for those who receive such benefits from the federal government. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Better Family Life starting entrepreneurship training program
    (KTVI, 12/13/16)
    Better Family Life, a local non-profit has opened a Business Development Center designed to help people start and grow their own business free of charge. It's part of a master plan to redevelop Page Boulevard and make dreams come true. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Drew More Tourists Than Ever Before in 2016
    (Riverfront Times, 12/8/16)
    It turns out a staggering 41.7 million people visited the state in the 2016 fiscal year — an increase of 3.2 percent from the year before, and the biggest total in state history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Meet the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator's Inaugural Class of Designers
    (St. Louis Magazine, 12/15/16)
    How do you hatch fashion? You keep the young designers warm, protect them from financial worries for a few years, find mentors who’ll cluck over them and give them opportunities and exposure. It’s also important to keep them all in the same place (a 7,500-square-foot building on Washington Avenue) so they can commiserate and encourage one another instead of struggling all alone to break through. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Dec 09, 2016
    Promise of new jobs highlights AgTech district planned for St. Louis County
    (KTVI, 12//16)
    Plans for a new agriculture technology district in St. Louis County were unveiled Wednesday. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says the goal of the project is to build off an existing strength and bring new ag-tech jobs to area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis city and county team up on economic development plan
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/2/16)
    Three years after St. Louis and St. Louis County agreed to a partial merger of their economic development operations, they’ve produced their first joint plan. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2 St. Louis companies rank among nation's best places to work
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/16)
    Two local companies rank among the nation's Top 20 Best Places to Work, according to a new ranking from Glassdoor. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    River City Hustle - Startup World: St. Louis
    (VICE News, 12/1/16)
    Like many Midwestern cities, St. Louis has had to deal with offshoring and population decline in recent years. So a group of scrappy entrepreneurs — and a patchwork of organizations to support them — have stepped in to fill the void. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2016 Was A Very Big Year For New Venture Funds Launched In St. Louis
    (EQ, 12/8/16)
    2016 was the best year for launching new venture funds in St. Louis history. RiverVest, Cultivation Capital, and Lewis and Clark each raised new funds for the second consecutive year. Both SixThirty and The Yield Lab launched new accelerators in 2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension Ventures’ assets under management reach $800 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/6/16)
    Ascension Ventures has closed its latest venture capital fund at $255 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Euclises ups funding round by nearly $1 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/2/16)
    Euclises Pharmaceuticals, the St. Louis-based biotech startup developing cancer treatments, has increased the size of its current funding round from $1.8 million to $2.7 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Collaborative Spirit Inside RISE: A Conversation
    (ALIVE Magazine, 12/2/16)
    We sat down in St. Louis with RISE Collaborative Workspace founder Stacy Taubman and her COO Kate Wiegmann, and nearly 30 minutes passed before either sipped the cocktails they ordered pre-interview. They were far too busy talking to drink. And what they were talking about may have far more positive consequences than even they predict. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wash U Researchers Creating Powdered Artificial Blood Cells
    (KMOX, 12/6/16)
    Just add water, and small bag of powder would turn into a pint of blood. Researchers at Washington University of St. Louis are working on an a freeze-dried, artificial blood cell, reports CBS News. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danforth Center signs commercialization deal with Kansas City firm
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/6/16)
    The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has signed a deal with a Kansas City company to commercialize some of its agricultural research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Benson Hill partners with seed supplier Beck’s
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/16)
    Benson Hill Biosystems, an agtech startup operating out of the Helix Center in St. Louis County, has announced a partnership with Beck’s, the largest independent, retail seed company in North America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Container shipping on river barges could boost St. Louis freight
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/6/16)
    Regional officials say they’re looking for ways to encourage shippers to send more containers by barge, making inland ports bigger players in global trade. But getting more containers on barges will require improvements to the region’s river freight capabilities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nidec buys Ohio Elevator company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/16)
    Nidec Motor Corp. has acquired an Ohio-based elevator manufacturing firm with $33.7 million in sales. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Poets&Quants’ Best Undergraduate Business Programs Of 2016
    (Poets & Quants for Undergrads, 12/5/16)
    Call it the rise of the Nice Guy. Sometimes, he just refuses to finish last. And in the case of the first-ever Poets&Quants ranking of undergraduate business programs, the nice guys (and gals), indeed have their day. No other school provides a better undergraduate business education than the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE enters business incubator scene
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 12/2/16)
    This week on Segue on WSIE-FM 88.7, Greg Budzban, PhD, dean of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences, hosts Sarah VanSlette, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Applied Communication Studies, to discuss the budding relationship between SIUE and the St. Louis area through the St. Louis small business incubator scene. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    India’s future pharmacists are training at SIUE
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/6/16)
    Officials at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville are exploring expanding a global partnership with Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara University in India. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    L&C’s Building Futures program expands – No diploma? No problem!
    (Riverbender.com, 12/2/16)
    Lewis and Clark Community College’s Adult Education department is expanding its Building Futures programming to offer three distinct career pathways in Construction, Health Science and, new this January, Information Technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Belleville OKs Shopland tax incentives
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/5/16)
    The Belleville City Council on Monday night approved a redevelopment agreement for the renovation of the Shopland Plaza on West Main Street. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MLS stadium seeks $40 million from state, $80 million from city
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/6/16)
    Officials with the city of St. Louis are requesting $40 million in state tax credits to help pay for a $200 million Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium just west of Union Station. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City moves forward on first phase of Destination O'Fallon projects
    (Illinois Business Journal, 12/2016)
    The O’Fallon City Council recently voted to approve the first phase of Destination O’Fallon, which includes a number of projects and community-wide investments aimed at making O’Fallon a destination for businesses, families and visitors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (HEC-TV, 12/6/16)
    Through a new exhibit honoring the St. Louis Blues’ 50 years in St. Louis the NHL team and the St. Louis Public Library have formed what Executive Vice President of the Blues Bruce Affleck calls “a relation ship that will continue forever.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri History Museum attendance over 400K third straight year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/5/16)
    Sometimes you make a little history of your own. The Missouri History Museum is projected to have 480,000 visitors for 2016, reaching more than 400,000 attendees in three consecutive years for the first time since the Missouri Historical Society began taking annual headcounts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Eugene Field House reopens in time for the holidays with expanded museum space
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/8/16)
    The Eugene Field House reopens Thursday with a 4,000-square-foot addition for museum exhibits that supporters hope will spark renewed interest in the historic site that’s just a baseball’s throw from Busch Stadium. >> CLICK FOR MORE