• St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 23, 2016
    St. Louis Gaming Startup Pixel Press Scores With Mattel Partnership
    (Huffington Post, 9/21/16)
    After recently being cited by FiveThirtyEight as being America’s “New Startup Frontier,” St. Louis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem got yet another shot in the arm when gaming technology startup Pixel Press — with a high profile deals already on the books with Cartoon Network, Toys-R-Us and GameStop among others — this week announced a new partnership with Mattel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Following Ikea’s opening, state sales tax revenue climbs 40% in 63110
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
    Ikea is noted for its ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive home gadgets, but in its Midtown neighborhood it’s becoming known as a big driver of revenue since opening Sept. 30, 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IBEW St. Louis Convention Gives Back to the Gateway City
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/22/16)
    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Convention in St. Louis continues this week, providing a significant economic boost to the Gateway City. It is the third largest convention being held in St. Louis this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stifel: A powerhouse in public finance
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/16)
    The first week in August was the biggest ever for the public finance group at Stifel Financial Corp., which underwrote transactions totaling more than $1.2 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Want a low-interest loan? St. Louis is the right place
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
    In many ways, St. Louis banks are doing the best they have done since before the recession. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TheBANK of Edwardsville honored with national award
    (Riverbender.com, 9/22/16)
    TheBANK of Edwardsville has been nationally recognized by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its Fairmont City Center with a 2016 Community Commitment Award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators Announces Fall 2016 Accelerator Class
    (EQ, 9/19/16)
    St. Louis-based Capital Innovators announced at an event at CIC that the accelerator program has invested in six high-growth companies for its Fall 2016 cohort. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Announces Fall 2016 Cohort In Sports Business Accelerator
    (EQ, 9/21/16)
    After receiving over 200 applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures announces its Fall 2016 cohort for the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark leads $6.5 million investment in health care startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/21/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Tom Hillman last year, has led a $6.5 million Series B financing round for Wisconsin-based health care startup called Catalyze. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Economic Development Partnership expands startup incubator with $2 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/20/16)
    The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand its Wellston startup incubator. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University launches seed fund to invest in startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/19/16)
    Washington University has launched a $2 million seed fund named after its founder William Greenleaf Eliot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis gives Ireland a look for ag tech innovation
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
    In a glass-encased room under a white tent, ag tech startups took to a stage in a pitch competition on Tuesday. It was just a small part of the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland, what is now the largest ag trade show in Europe. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hacking Homelessness: St. Louis' Largest Hackathon Is About More Than Money
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/16/16)
    The tech world has knitted code into all manner of fixes for life’s little annoyances, such as avoiding wait times at restaurants or finding traffic shortcuts. But this month, more than a thousand programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs will begin hacking away in St. Louis at something much bigger: homelessness. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension sees fiscal 2016 profit fall on higher revenue
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/16)
    A major acquisition and the addition of new hospitals helped St. Louis-based Ascension increase revenue 6.6 percent in fiscal 2016 though profit tumbled. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ag Showcase breeds collaboration, $225,000 grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/15/16)
    When the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center first started its Ag Innovation Showcase event seven years ago, the plan was to build and reinforce St. Louis’ status as the global center of plant innovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lab space crunch: Urgency builds for biotech startup labs in wake of Monsanto deal
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/18/16)
    Seven years ago, Pfizer began cutting hundreds of research jobs from its former campus in Chesterfield as it moved much of its new drug development to the Boston area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis researchers hope genetically modified crops can prevent hunger in East Africa
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
    As botanist Nigel Taylor moves through a greenhouse kept to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity, he checks the stems of young, potted cassava plants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The business of education
    (The Alton Telegraph, 9/17/16)
    As far as education and earnings levels go, St. Louis isn’t too shabby. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE alumns' pioneering technology transforms inclusive learning
    (Riverbender.com, 9/16/16)
    With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students. But the accessibility of those gadgets is lacking for approximately six million U.S. students with special needs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Federal grant will help low-income students take AP tests
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
    Students from low-income students in Missouri and Illinois will be getting money from Washington to help pay for taking Advanced Placement tests. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry project to include high-rise offices and apartments
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/23/16)
    The planned $340 million redo of the Federal-Mogul foundry in midtown St. Louis as a trendy food hall and high-rise apartments and offices includes taxpayer help. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Building smarter, safer infrastructure
    (The Source, 9/21/16)
    A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to cloud computing for a smarter, self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Do we ‘have an absolute disdain for density?’ Comparing St. Louis to industrial cities in Europe
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
    As St. Louis looks to the future, it is worth a peek into the not-too-distant past to understand how other cities have overcome declining population and aging infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Shows Biggest Gain in Foreign-Born Population of 20 Largest Metros
    (Riverfront Times, 9/20/16)
    They're coming to America — and then they're coming to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson bakery helps create opportunities for area youth
    (KMOV, 9/20/16)
    Natalie Dubose opened Natalie's Cakes and More in June of 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri just two months before Michael Brown's death and the unrest that followed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production
    (NPR, 9/17/16)
    Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Zoo Conservation Program Receives National Award For Protecting Ozark Hellbender
    (The Missourian, 9/21/16)
    The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Saint Louis Zoo received Significant Achievement in AZA’s 2016 North American Conservation Award for its Ozark Hellbender Augmentation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Murmuration is a different type of festival
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/21/16)
    The Murmuration festival debuts this weekend in the Cortex district of mid-town St. Louis. Its focus is art, music, science and technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 16, 2016
    St. Louis Is The New Startup Frontier
    (FiveThirtyEight, 9/12/16)
    In 2013, when I was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, I flew to St. Louis to learn about the city’s budding startup scene. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bayer-Monsanto Deal Would Forge New Agricultural Force
    (The Wall Street Journal, 9/14/16)
    Monsanto Co. agreed to sell itself to Bayer AG, in a $57 billion deal that would forge a new agricultural force and end the independence of one of the most successful and controversial U.S. companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bayer is buying Monsanto in $66 billion deal
    (KMOV, 9/14/16)
    Now it's official: Monsanto is going to be swallowed up by a rival in the biggest takeover announced so far this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Reacts to Monsanto-Bayer AG Merger
    (CBS St. Louis, 9/15/16)
    From civic officials to the startup community, St. Louis is wrapping its arms around Bayer’s $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Many wonder how the blockbuster buy-out will impact home-grown Monsanto’s influence in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    See more coverage of this story below:

    Big deal: Bayer's $66 billion for Monsanto creates seed and crop chemical giant (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/16)

    For St. Louis startups, Bayer’s deal to acquire Monsanto is a good thing  (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/16)

    If Monsanto HQ leaves, biotech firms still see strong future for St. Louis (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/16)

    Spire acquires EnergySouth for $344m
    (Hydrocarbons Technology, 9/14/16)
    Spire has completed its previously announced acquisition of EnergySouth, the parent company of Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas, from Sempra US Gas & Power for $344m. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UPS to hire more than 900 in St. Louis area to help with holiday shipping
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/16)
    United Parcel Service Inc. will hire more than 900 people in the St. Louis area, roughly the same number it hired last year, to help with holiday shipping, the company said Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Securities being acquired by fast-growing regional brokerage Stifel
    (Indiana Business Journal, 9/13/16)
    City Securities Corp., Indiana’s oldest investment firm, has agreed to be acquired by St. Louis-based Stifel Financial Corp. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Amdocs acquires three companies for $260 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/16)
    Amdocs has acquired three privately held technology companies for a total of about $260 million in cash. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The First Startup Roadshow Back From New York
    (EQ, 9/13/16)
    Connect is one of those buzzwords frequently used in the startup world, as can be heard in any given pitch, but it’s also a key concept in getting those startups financed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Choose Your City: Why These 7 Startups are Building Their Companies in St. Louis
    (EQ, 9/12/16)
    For these seven startups, the Gateway City wasn’t just a pit stop on the way to a coastal destination: It was a place to plant roots and grow. Some are international, and some drove down via Interstate 55, but all are important additions to our ecosystem. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SBDC clients win top awards at East St. Louis Initiative’s First Pitch Contest
    (Riverbender.com, 9/9/16)
    Two Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center clients were among three winners in the first regional business plan pitch competition hosted by the East St. Louis Initiative. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark raises $20 million for ag investments
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/12/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, a Clayton-based venture capital fund that raised $104 million in February, has added $20 million that's targeted for agricultural investments. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis to Deliver Healthcare at the Train Station
    (Next City, 9/14/16)
    North St. Louis County commuters will soon be able to get a checkup before boarding the train. A $940,000 grant from U.S. DOT will fund health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests at a MetroLink station. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is told to prepare for freight growth
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/12/16)
    The value of freight shipped through the St. Louis region is expected to increase 74 percent to $483 billion in 2045, according to the Federal Highway Administration. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Port District receives Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation
    (Riverbender.com, 9/15/16)
    The Administrator of U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, and Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau visited the recently opened Madison Harbor at America's Central Port Monday, September 12th. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    With levee work ending, local leaders say region is prepared for business
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/2016)
    With work to rehabilitate the American Bottom levee system nearing completion, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is getting ready to post the “Open for business” sign. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MiTek Industries Expands Chesterfield, Missouri, Production Campus
    (Area Development News, 9/12/16)
    A company that supplies software, products and services to the building components industry, MiTek Industries, invested $16 million to expanded its operations center in Chesterfield, Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    See where local universities rank nationwide
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/13/16)
    Washington University again appeared in the top 20 schools nationwide in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges Rankings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Starbucks says Ferguson store is one of its top new locations
    (CNN Money, 9/9/16)
    Two years ago Ferguson, Missouri, became a symbol of racial unrest when riots followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Now a new Starbucks there is a symbol of rebirth and business success. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Slay, other mayors unveil development plans for Mississippi River
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/15/16)
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and mayors from more than 20 cities along the Mississippi River announced a new partnership and plans aimed at improving the river’s economic viability at an annual mayors gathering. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Old North neighborhood, LRA and McKee make deal on land
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/13/16)
    Developer Paul McKee owns quite a bit of land within the Old North neighborhood on St. Louis’ north side. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forward Through Ferguson adds seven new board members
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/14/16)
    Seven St. Louis area residents have joined the board of Forward Through Ferguson, a successor organization to the Ferguson Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Black chess masters join Webster program
    (The St. Louis American, 9/14/16)
    Two of the top-ranked African-American chess masters in the United States have selected Webster University and will join the winning SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Construction Industry Donates Immigrant School Soccer Field
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/15/16)
    Many of the nearly 400 immigrant and refugee children, from K-10th grade, who attend St. Louis Public Schools’ Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) are getting their first taste of education – and of American life. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ted Drewes named #1 ice cream store in the world; St. Louis top destination
    (KTVI, 9/14/16)
    Ted Drewes is the top-rated ice cream in the world. Worldwide marketing and brand building company SoolNua announced St. Louis’ iconic custard shop had taken the top spot in the #WorldIceCreamIndex. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Black Rep Celebrates Four Decades of Theater with Purpose 
    (Riverfront Times, 9/7/16)
    St. Louis was a very different city in 1976. The Jefferson Bank protest of 1963 had opened up white-collar jobs for African Americans, but the actors on local stages remained overwhelmingly white — as did the audiences. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What Do Shakespeare and Maplewood Have in Common? Ghost Stories
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/14/16)
    The program is Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ annual immersive love song to a neighborhood. Each year, members of the creative team spend time in the host neighborhood, interviewing residents and creating a new work that integrates their tales with a given work by the Bard. >> CLICK FOR MORE