• St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 11, 2016
    Republicans ride historic night in Missouri election
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/9/16)
    Republicans pulled off a clean sweep of Missouri's top offices on Election Day, giving the party an unprecedented level of dominance in the former bellwether state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Illinois sends Duckworth to Senate, re-elects Bost, Davis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/9/16)
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a disabled combat veteran in the vanguard of the Democrats’ push for the U.S. Senate, on Tuesday defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk, who had won President Barack Obama’s former seat during the Republican surge of 2010. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Guide To Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016
    (EQ, 11/10/16)
    It’s back: Each November, people in 160 countries around the world organize a calendar of events and competitions to inspire entrepreneurship. Powered by the Kaufmann Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 happens November 14-20. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New accelerator program aims to grow exports by St. Louis startups
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/11/16)
    Add another business competition to the likes of GlobalHack, Accelerate St. Louis and Arch Grants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Junior Code Academy is 2016 Metro East Startup Challenge winner
    (Riverbender.com, 11/4/16)
    Junior Code Academy (JCA) grabbed this year’s top cash prize of $10,000 in the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Startup Challenge (MESC). The regional business plan competition for entrepreneurs and startups announced its three cash prize winners today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prosper achieves three-peat in SBA accelerator competition
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/4/16)
    Prosper Women Entrepreneurs has won a $50,000 accelerator grant from the Small Business Administration for the third straight year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    On Common Ground
    (EQ, 11/7/16)
    What happens when a delegation made up of thirty St. Louis innovation community leaders goes to Ireland and France–and returns inspired to foster deeper connections on both sides. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Fed economist: Startups could fuel economic growth
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/16)
    Kevin Kliesen, a business economist and research officer with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, said the number of startups growing in St. Louis could fuel future economic growth in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    French firm ups St. Louis presence following Mallinckrodt deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/8/16)
    In the 12 months since French company Guerbet Group acquired Mallinckrodt PLC’s contrast media and delivery systems business, the company has nearly doubled its number of employees in the St. Louis region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioSTL officials working to bring international business to St. Louis
    (KTVI, 11/7/16)
    The National Ploughing Championships is an enormous event held this year in the town of Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Versatile field phenotyping developed to benefit farmers
    (Science Daily, 11/1/16)
    Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science, are leveraging expertise in crop phenotyping with the development of the PheNode, a 'smart', farm-ready, solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station for crops. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Annual report card for Missouri schools shows improvement
    (KMOV, 11/7/16)
    The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its Annual Performance Reports (APR) Monday that shows all Missouri schools have done well enough to qualify for a provisional seal of approval. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $170 million Cortex development to include innovation hall
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/9/16)
    The planned $170 million phase three of Cortex, which will be anchored by a hotel, apartment tower and a Class A tech office building, will also include an innovation hall.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro St. Louis Preps for Largest Shopping Center in Years
    (Commercial Property Executive , 11/7/16)
    There’s something big coming to suburban St. Louis, and GBT Realty Corp. is behind it. The commercial development company just completed the acquisition of a 28-acre site in St. Peters, Mo., paving the way for construction of the 270,000-square-foot The Shoppes at Mid Rivers, the largest retail development to sprout up in the St. Louis MSA since 2008. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Initial Approval Given for Marriott Hotel, Retail at Hanley/40 in Richmond Heights
    (nextSTL, 11/8/16)
    A Courtyard Marriott Hotel, retail, and restaurants appear planned for the corner of Hanley Road and I-64/Highway 40. The more than 6-acre site would be accessed from Dale Avenue adjacent to The Heights recreation center and feature a five-story, 140-room hotel and 16,000sf of retail space titled The Crossing at Richmond Heights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scott welcomes new Honorary Commanders
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 11/10/16)
    Thirty-six regional civic leaders were inducted into the Honorary Commanders Program at Scott on Nov. 1. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Americans, New Opportunities
    (The Huffington Post, 11/8/16)
    Recently, Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post argued that our conversation about immigration is misguided: we spend all our energy focused on the approximately 11 million undocumented people in the United States when we should really focus on the estimated 31 million immigrants who are here legally and the roughly 1 million who gain legal entry every year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NMTCs Transform Center of Ferguson, Mo., Protests into Empowerment Center
    (Novogradac, 11/8/16)
    A burned-out convenience store that was the epicenter of 2014 racial protests and riots in Ferguson, Mo., will become a community-focused “empowerment center,” thanks to the infusion of new markets tax credit (NMTC) equity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Furniture Company Owner Hopes to Give Ex-Felons a New Lease on Life With its Rise Collection
    (St. Louis Magazine, 11/4/16)
    Local furniture company Anew Nature does more than just repurpose old furniture. Owners Robert and Erica Karleskint are on a mission to give a second chance to marginalized men in the St. Louis area, and they hope to use a new Kickstarter campaign to provide even more opportunities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    COGIC projected to inject $30M into STL with 109th Holy Convocation
    (The St. Louis American, 11/8/16)
    The Church of God in Christ’s 109th Holy Convocation projected to make over $30 million economic impact to St. Louis metro area. This gathering of more than 40,000 attendees, scheduled for November 7-13 at the America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, is one of the city’s largest conventions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blackhawks and Blues unveil throwback Winter Classic uniforms
    (FOX Sports, 11/9/16)
    The NHL's outdoor games are becoming less and less of a rarity these days, but fans typically enjoy tuning in to get a glimpse of the breathtaking outdoor settings and the oft-gorgeous jerseys created for the events. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fur real: Cat cafe to open this weekend
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/9/16)
    Those of a certain feline purrsuasion will now have a special place to gather when Mauhaus Cat Cafe opens Saturday in Maplewood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 04, 2016
    St. Louis experiences job growth rivaling the 1990s
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/20/16)
    The St. Louis job market took a long time to recover from the recession, but it seems to be making up for that now. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cortex could seek $20 million TIF
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/3/16)
    Cortex officials plan to use some $20 million in tax increment financing to help pay for its planned $170 million mixed development in Midtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry developer gives peek at $134.2 million Midtown project
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/3/16)
    A day after drawing closer to winning a key public incentive, the City Foundry developer gave an early view of what St. Louis taxpayers will get for their help. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    These jobs didn't exist in St. Louis five years ago
    (KSDK, 10/31/16)
    Liz Herman had experience delivering pizzas and generally enjoyed meeting people. So her new job as an Uber driver seemed like a perfect fit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Bottom Line: Is St. Louis a global player?
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/30/16)
    St. Louis is a middleweight in the global economy, a new study says. David Nicklaus and Jim Gallagher debate what that means and how the region might improve its standing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square's made $1 billion in business loans, surprising even its own executives
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/3/16)
    Square, the payment company co-founded by St. Louis entrepreneur Jim McKelvey, has doled out $1 billion in loans to businesses through its Square Capital program, it revealed in its earnings report this week. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Grants hands out dollars, but its bottom line is talent
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/3/16)
    Kyle Rood and Clint Matthews won $50,000 to develop a medical device, and now they’re making waffles. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    4 Tips for Launching a Successful Midwestern Startup
    (San Antonio Express-News, 11/3/16)
    Business leaders are advising young entrepreneurs to flock elsewhere. While cities like New York and Miami are gaining popularity with startups, the most advantageous locations may actually be more centrally located. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tech company Sherpa plans for growth in new St. Louis headquarters
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/3/16)
    A local tech company that has developed a platform to match people with senior housing communities has completed a new office in Midtown Alley and plans to add 50 employees by the end of 2020. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL opens optometry care center
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/1/16)
    The doors are open at the University of Missouri-St. Louis' $17 million, two-story Patient Care Center for the College of Optometry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is hot spot for ‘agtech’ companies
    (Agrinews, 11/1/16)
    Since the entrepreneurial seed was planted in 2001 in St. Louis, some experts say the city has rapidly blossomed into its own “agtech” ecosystem. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto opens high-tech greenhouses in midst of acquisition
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/28/16)
    Monsanto held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to open 36 new greenhouses at its Chesterfield Research Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital launches $40 million life sciences fund
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/2/16)
    St. Louis-based Cultivation Capital, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is planning a $40 million investment fund for startups in the life sciences sector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New startup fund part of Washington University’s plan to be ‘Stanford of the Midwest’
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/3/16)
    Washington University hired Emre Toker as managing director of the Skandalaris Center — the school’s hub for entrepreneurial activity — in November 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KE2 increases 2016 funding to $15 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/2/16)
    KE2 Therm Solutions, a Washington, Missouri-based developer and manufacturer of smart refrigeration controllers, has reported raising $629,988 to the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE campus growth continues on the upswing
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/2/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville continues to experience tremendous campus growth, according to a press release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    WUSTL elevates African and African-American Studies program to full department
    (The St. Louis American, 11/3/16)
    It started with an act of protest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pruitt-Igoe, a Symbol of Government Failure, Gets a Second Chance
    (Governing, 11/2016)
    St. Louis is finally ready to do something with the site of the old Pruitt-Igoe housing complex. What goes in there may say a lot about what cities have learned from the development mistakes of the past century. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Here’s how county officials plan to use $8 million to help East St. Louis
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 11/1/16)
    Standing in the Malcolm Martin Memorial Park, along Front Street in East St. Louis with the Gateway Arch in the background, officials broke ground on an $8.1 million Front Street reconstruction project, that is aimed to help spur economic development along the riverfront. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Slay talks up MetroLink expansion as he takes top transit official on a St. Louis tour
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/1/16)
    The head of the Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday toured neighborhoods where a proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink expansion would run, a top priority of Mayor Francis Slay as his tenure winds to a close. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hyatt Place Hotel to be built next to Hofbräuhaus
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 11/2/16)
    Construction will begin in the spring on a six-story, $28 million Hyatt Place Hotel and Convention Center next to the Hofbräuhaus under construction in Belleville off Illinois 15, according to a spokesman for the developers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    America's 'invisible' Muslims
    (BBC, 10/30/16)
    Two decades ago, Muslim refugees fleeing Bosnia arrived in St Louis and became a crucial part of the city. Now anti-immigrant fervour might lead the Bosnians of St Louis to become more politically active. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    After 2 years: Are commitments turning into action in Ferguson?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/2/16)
    Many organizations are still working to make a difference in Ferguson and North St. Louis County two years after unrest erupted in the city. That includes several foundations and other nonprofits that made promises of funding and commitments to change as part of the healing process. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2016 Convening Perspective: Q&A with Member Betsy Cohen, St. Louis Mosaic Project 
    (WE Global Network, 11/1/16)
    Last week, Welcoming Economies Global Network (WE Global) brought together some 300 leaders in immigrant economic development for our 2016 Convening in Philadelphia. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Black Rep celebrates 40 years with mural and musical that say ‘I’m not going’
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/31/16)
    In the mid-1970s, Ron Himes started a St. Louis theater company to tell the stories of African-Americans. >> CLICK FOR MORE