• 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
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 03, 2016
    Hey St. Louis: You're getting jobs, buying cars and houses — and things are looking up
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/28/16)
    People in St. Louis are getting jobs, buying more cars and houses and borrowing to do it, says the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its latest, fairly upbeat read on the region's economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clayton Board of Aldermen approve massive Centene expansion
    (KTVI, 9/28/16)
    The Clayton Board of Aldermen has approved a development plan for Centene's big expansion in the St. Louis County town. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Shareholders Approve SABMiller Takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev
    (The New York Times, 9/28/16)
    Shareholders of SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev on Wednesday approved a deal valued at more than $100 billion to create a giant in the beer industry that would control some of the world’s best-known brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Hoegaarden, Leffe and Stella Artois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing jet deal means big boost for St. Louis jobs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/28/16)
    The administration of President Barack Obama has approved $7 billion in long-stalled sales of Boeing Co. fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, a decision that could preserve thousands of jobs in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pfizer Has Abandoned Its Plan to Split Into Two Companies
    (Fortune, 9/26/16)
    U.S. drugmaker Pfizer said on Monday it had decided not to separate into two publicly traded companies by separating its low-growth generics from its patent-protected branded medicines. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Top Cities for global trade
    (Global Trade, 9/27/16)
    It figures that the Gateway City would rise as one of the nation’s leading centers to start a business by bringing together myriad resources and conditions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis job seekers find work after completing coding boot camp
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/30/16)
    As a former field archaeologist and financial counselor, Toshia Verheggen didn’t have any experience in computer programming when she took her first coding class in early 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty goes global with newest investment portfolio
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/27/16)
    SixThirty, the local business accelerator that now operates two programs — one for financial services companies and another for early-stage cybersecurity ventures — has added nine new startups to its portfolio, representing $1 million in total investment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University gets $10 million for immune system research
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/26/16)
    Andrew and Jane Bursky donated $10 million to Washington University for its research on using the immune system to fight diseases including cancer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    At Health 2.0, entrepreneurs share tips, frustrations with hospital tech assessment
    (MedCity News, 9/28/16)
    Previously called the IDEA Labs Incubator, Sling Health, based in St. Louis, Missouri, forms cross functional teams  of medical students, as well as engineering science, business, and law students to incubate biotech companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis groups court next wave of Israeli companies
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/26/16)
    On a Sunday morning in Tel Aviv the streets are bustling. It’s the first day of the work week for Israelis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Off to strong start: Amazon welcomes more than 1,000 employees to new fulfillment centers
    (Riverbender.com, 9/27/16)
    Amazon’s two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville are up and rolling and the company has welcomed more than 1,000 employees. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Leaders look to improve freight connections between St. Louis and New Orleans
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/30/16)
    Better linking the St. Louis region to the Port of New Orleans means changing habits, said Gary LaGrange, president and chief executive of the New Orleans port. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (Thrillist, 9/23/16)
    St. Louis, you are overlooked no more. Those accolades hold especially true if you're a college student. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NSF announces new Science and Technology Center
    (The Source, 9/26/16)
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added a newly formed collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania to its list of Science and Technology Centers (STC). The center and its collaborative efforts will be supported by a $23.6 million grant from the NSF. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    In first chancellor's address, Pembrook seeks to build on SIUE’s momentum
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/2016)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook on Thursday focused on both recent and historical successes as building blocks toward continuing positive momentum for the institution while presenting his first chancellor’s address to the campus community. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    From unaccredited to excellence: Riverview Gardens High School
    (The St. Louis American, 9/22/16)
    Darius Kirk, principal of Riverview Gardens High School, said he will never forget the cab ride on the way over to his district interview when he flew in from Oklahoma in 2013. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mayor Slay encourages community involvement in planning for area around spy agency
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/26/16)
    Mayor Francis Slay made his case to roughly 200 people Monday night that they should be active participants in the revitalization efforts the city is planning north of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Unused 'earmarks' being re-directed into St. Louis area roads projects
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/29/16)
    A change pushed in Congress by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has redirected unused appropriations from old “earmarks” into about $20 million for transportation projects in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Future transportation center takes shape, steel beams go up
    (The Alton Telegraph, 9/19/16)
    Most of the work at the future Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center so far has involved utilities and ground work, but now steel beams are rising from new concrete pads at the site. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Deaconess breaks ground on $8.5M Center for Child Well-Being
    (The St. Louis American, 9/23/16)
    When communities make something a priority, they must create space for it, said leaders of the Deaconess Foundation at the groundbreaking ceremony of its new center on September 20. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New business boot camp meant to help inner city businesses
    (KMOV, 9/29/16)
    A new program to help inner city entrepreneurs came to St. Louis Thursday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Co-working space for women signs lease in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/27/16)
    RISE Collaborative, the co-working office space devoted to women entrepreneurs, has signed a lease to occupy 6,500 square feet at Ladue Place, an office building in downtown Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better St. Louis: A different perspective on Ferguson
    (KMOV, 9/27/16)
    Many Ferguson residents say there is another perspective on the city other than the protesting that got lots of national attention in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson protest art finds a final resting place
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/27/16)
    The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., to the public this past weekend. Unlike many of those in the crowd at the opening ceremony, St. Louis artists De Nichols, Marcis Curtis and Mallory Nezam made artwork that is in the museum’s collection. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Art on the Square economic impact estimated at $30.3 million
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/22/16)
    Art on the Square in Belleville has generated an estimated $30.3 million economic impact in the region during its first 15 years, organizers announced Thursday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Grove Fest Returns to an Evolving Neighborhood
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/29/16)
    To some, Grove Fest’s 11th appearance on Manchester Avenue is old news—a given even. But every year, more and more people are introduced to the neighborhood through one of the city’s best street parties. >> CLICK FOR MORE