• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 14, 2016
    Colleges Pay Millions to Host a Presidential Debate
    (The Atlantic, 10/8/16)
    Winning the right to host a presidential debate is an expensive victory. Washington University in St. Louis is prepared to spend between $4 million and $5 million to host a 90-minute matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday evening. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing opens first commercial aircraft plant in St. Louis
    (Reuters, 10/13/16)
    Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Thursday it opened its first commercial airplane plant in St. Louis that is expected to add about 700 jobs by early 2020, when the company is scheduled to start deliveries of the 777X. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Tries to Rebrand the City for Meetings With a New Music and Tech Festival
    (Skift, 10/14/16)
    St. Louis is fortunate to have one of the more advanced startup communities of any third tier city in America, and it’s leveraging that aggressively through the Murmuration Festival to reposition itself as a forward thinking destination for meetings and events. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cushman & Wakefield to add 600 jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/16)
    Cushman & Wakefield, St. Louis’ largest commercial real estate firm when ranked by local active brokers, plans to add 600 new jobs over the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Unleashed: Growing pet food business brings jobs to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/16)
    While St. Louis bemoans the loss of public company headquarters over the years, the pet food industry is one sector that has thrown the region a bone. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Slay visits London to push for direct flights to Lambert
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/16)
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is in England making a pitch for direct flights between London and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise Financial buying Eagle Bank's parent for $130 million
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/11/16)
    Enterprise Financial Services Corp. is expanding its St. Louis banking operations by acquiring Jefferson County Bancshares and its principal subsidiary Eagle Bank and Trust for $130.6 million. It’s the largest acquisition in Enterprise’s 28-year history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Perficient Buys $7M Digital Consultancy To Help It Achieve Mobile App Mastery
    (CRN, 10/13/16)
    Perficient purchased a 60-person digital consultancy that works with Home Depot, the New York Philharmonic and Turner Broadcasting. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis firms raise $63 million in venture capital
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/14/16)
    Five St. Louis companies raised $63 million in venture capital during this year's third quarter, according to the authoritative MoneyTree report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark leads $8.6 million round for software startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm launched in 2015 by Tom Hillman, has led a $8.6 million Series B round for Michigan-based startup Blue Medora, which has developed software for the enterprise cloud and data center management sector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis connection spurs interest in Irish ag startups
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/11/16)
    It’s hard to overstate how big of a deal the National Ploughing Championships are in Ireland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto's small competitors see opportunity in seed industry M&A
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/16)
    While the global seed and chemical industry is rapidly being realigned by mega-deals such as Monsanto Co.'s planned $66 billion buyout by Germany's Bayer AG, smaller seed companies are seeing opportunity in the shakeup. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chesterfield manufacturer, under new ownership, to move HQ to Maryland Heights
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/11/16)
    Officials with Pohlman, a local firm that manufactures high-volume precision machined metal components mostly for the automotive industry, plan to move the company’s headquarters from Chesterfield to Maryland Heights, where they expect to increase hiring and output. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Spec warehouse is going up in NorthPark
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/16)
    CRG, the real estate development arm of Clayco, is building on spec a $30 million warehouse at the NorthPark business park in St. Louis County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Princeton Review tabs SIUE School of Business among nation's best for 11th consecutive year
    (Riverbender.com, 10/10/16)
    The Princeton Review has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Business as one of the best in the country for the 11th-consecutive year. The education services company features the School in the 2017 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    College tech program turns reluctant student into a productive one
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 10/11/16)
    Lucas Cooper admits sitting in a classroom hasn’t always been his favorite thing to do. “I never liked school a lot until I came here,” the 20-year-old from Edwardsville said. “I like working with my hands and finding a place where I could make something of myself.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Harris-Stowe receives share of $5M grant to increase minority STEM grads
    (The St. Louis American, 10/12/16)
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University earlier today (Wednesday, October 12) to help the school announce that they are part of an alliance of eight Missouri colleges and universities that have jointly received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Next phase of St. Louis County Library renovations to begin
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/3/16)
    Phase two of a project to replace or renovate 19 of the 20 St. Louis County Library brancheis set to get underway this month. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University unveils ‘most expensive’ construction project in school history
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/16)
    Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton briefed the university’s Board of Trustees on the school’s plans to transform the east end of the Danforth Campus, calling it “the most expensive and complicated construction project in the history of our university.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Koman Group Buys 3.3 Acres in Cortex Innovation Community
    (nextSTL, 10/6/16)
    nextSTL has learned urban developer Koman Group has acquired 3.3 acres within the Cortex Innovation Community boundary. The area is the heart of the burgeoning urban development scene in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Interview: Sheila Sweeney On St. Louis’ Emerging AgTech Corridor
    (EQ, 10/13/16)
    It was one year ago this month when Sheila Sweeney took over as CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sheridan will lead global Venture Cafe expansion from St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/7/16)
    Travis Sheridan, founding executive director of the non-profit Venture Cafe in St. Louis, is taking a new role as president of Venture Cafe Global Institute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Business Diversity Initiative graduates 10th fellowship class
    (The St. Louis American, 10/13/16)
    Six years ago, Isaac Butler graduated from the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program, which is like a professional-leadership boot camp for minorities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    As Latino Clout in St. Louis Grows, the Cardinals Test a Spanish-Language Broadcast 
    (Riverfront Times, 10/12/16)
    A cold drizzle falls on Busch Stadium as Brenda Garcia, husband Tony and DJ Tiburon from her Spanish-language radio station hustle to set up their booth in a corner of the upper walkway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ask a Local: An Insider's Guide to St. Louis, Missouri
    (Bon Appétit, 10/13/16)
    “If there’s still a kid in you, the Gateway Arch is fascinating,” says Mike Marquard, co-owner of Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Central Library to Become Archival Home of St. Louis Blues
    (CBS St. Louis, 10/7/16)
    Those blues ticket stubs, signed programs and other memorabilia you’ve been holding on to all these years, could find a place in a new exhibit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 07, 2016
    Entrepreneurs to spread the St. Louis startup story to Boston
    (Crains, 10/3/16)
    Executives from 19 St. Louis-area startups are taking their show on the road to meet potential investors and other influencers, advancing courtships they’ve been cultivating through email exchanges, phone calls and video conferences to the next level with face-to-face meetings this week in Boston. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What you need to know about the Oct. 9 presidential debate at Washington University
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/6/16)
    Last Monday night featured the first presidential debate of the year and the first time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off one-on-one over plans and policy. It was the most-watched debate in televised debate history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Globally speaking, St. Louis is a middleweight
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/4/16)
    We compete in a global economy, but we work and shop in a local one. It’s not always clear how the two fit together. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Software developer adding jobs downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/5/16)
    Officials with software provider Coolfire Solutions expect to add 11 jobs at its downtown St. Louis office, bringing its total headcount to about 35. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is a cheap place to launch a startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/4/16)
    For startups, every penny counts. So office rent can sometimes be the difference between success and failure. By that measure, St. Louis is among the best markets to start a company, with the East and West Coasts being more cost-prohibitive. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Green Street STL Offers “Cyberspace” for Rent
    (Construction Forum STL, 10/7/16)
    Question: What do you get when you combine an unused Georgian/Colonial office building with unused bandwidth? Answer: A “tech-enabled” space that allows startups to make the jump to the next level. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital starts raising for $100 million fintech fund
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/3/16)
    Cultivation Capital, the St. Louis-based venture capital firm, has raised $20.5 million for its planned $100 million fintech fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Over 70 High School Students Take Part In Youth Cyber Competition
    (EQ, 9/30/16)
    In preparation for the upcoming National CyberPatriot IX Competition, Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence (MWCCOE) hosted a MWCCOE HackSpace Competition for high school and middle school students Sept 10 at Maryville University and Sept 17 at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Luke’s aims to make procedure shopping easier
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/2/16)
    With the continued focus nationwide on hospital pricing transparency, St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield has developed a tool to provide patients with estimates of what they will pay out of their own pocket for procedures ranging from gall bladder removal to knee replacements. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Manufacturers are innovators, too — and St. Louis has a lot of them
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/2/16)
    With just an afternoon to take their ideas from paper to prototype, there was a steady flow of people running back and forth from a Union Station conference room to the 3-D printers and laser cutters outside. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What does it mean to have equity in education? This tiny neighborhood elementary school in St. Louis is trying to find out
    (We Live Here, 10/3/16)
    We plant ourselves in Adams Elementary, a neighborhood school in south St. Louis, that is on a serious mission: equitable education and opportunities for all of its 300 students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Express Scripts execs work side by side with Jennings students
    (The St. Louis American, 10/6/16)
    Breyanaah Parker, a student ambassador at Jennings High School, dipped her paintbrush in the red paint and got to work on bringing to life a big “J” on a collective school art project. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How to Make St. Louis a City of the Future
    (St. Louis Magazine, 10/6/16)
    What can St. Louis learn from Curitiba, Brazil? In the Prevention Research Center on Washington University’s campus, Dr. Rodrigo Siquiera Reis remembers a similar question. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Messenger: Frontenac couple work to elevate value of Missouri River
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/3/16)
    The store sits along the Katy Trail between Marthasville and Treloar. It’s about two miles north of the Missouri River along a stretch of landscape in Warren County that Dan Burkhardt believes connects this region’s past with its future. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    To bridge St. Louis’ divides, one group is organizing neighborhood exchanges for mutual learning
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/4/16)
    Rodney Norman is an active resident of the West End neighborhood, which is bounded by Delmar, Skinker, Page and Union on St. Louis’ north side. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Development work at I-255, Gateway Commerce Center, creates optimism for future
    (Riverbender.com, 10/4/16)
    Amazon’s location into the Gateway Commerce Centerappears to have opened doors for more businesses and jobs to come to Madison County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bi-State Completes Full-Scale Eads Bridge Renovation
    (Construction Forum STL, 10/7/16)
    A special event was held Friday morning (Oct. 7) to mark the first complete rehabilitation of the 142-year-old Eads Bridge. The project was coordinated by Bi-State Development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Beacon, $24M Mixed-Use Project Proposed for Wydown-Hanley
    (nextSTL, 10/4/16)
    A prominent surface parking lot may soon be the site of a significant mixed-use infill project if plans by Cornerstone Development come to fruition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local faith leaders work to build alliances between minorities in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/7/16)
    What exactly is an “inter-minority" dialogue? For Vince Lee Bantu, it’s a space for where people of color can come share their common cultural experiences and nuanced struggles while building connections. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arts and Education Council Celebrates Innovative Arts Programs Across The St. Louis Region
    (ALIVE Magazine, 10/5/16)
    For community-focused arts programs and organizations in cities across the country, the funding and institutional support they depend on to function successfully is being reduced at alarming rates. The Arts and Education Council—the umbrella organization that organizes the annual St. Louis Arts Awards—is a massive attempt to counteract that national trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood, the area's last upstairs bowling alley, celebrates 100 years
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/7/16)
    It’s the time capsule bowling alley. The “Cheers” bowling alley. It’s the upstairs bowling alley where you can stand in the parking lot and hear pins clattering, a satisfying sound that has echoed above this block of Sutton Boulevard in downtown Maplewood for 100 years now. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County Library to highlight local musicians through online streaming, app
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/5/16)
    Local musician Melinda Cooper remembers the exact moment she fell in love with songwriting.  Decades ago, it was snowing outside and she was driving down Interstate 44 when Stephen Merritt’s song “Falling Out Of Love (With You)” began playing on her car radio. >> CLICK FOR MORE