• St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 12, 2016
    New agency at Scott Air Force Base will help keep cyber criminals at bay
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/11/16)
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined federal, state and local officials in cutting the ribbon to open the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Global Operations Command Facility Thursday morning at Scott Air Force Base. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City parking money to fund $2 million MetroLink study
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/16)
    A $2 million study to evaluate the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink expansion will be paid for by city parking funds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clarkson Eyecare triples in size with $105 million worth of deals
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/12/16)
    When San Francisco-based FFL Partners invested in Clarkson Eyecare last spring, the private equity firm said the deal would provide additional capital for the Ballwin-based eyecare company to expand. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis banks post 25% higher profits, with 18% more loans
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
    For St. Louis banks, the trend in the second quarter was largely a repeat of the first quarter. And that’s not a bad thing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Health care startups raise $74 million during first half of 2016
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/16)
    Health care companies from the Midwest brought in more than $1 billion in new equity investments during the first half of 2016, according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mallinckrodt to acquire treatment that regenerates skin after severe burns
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/16)
    Mallinckrodt has entered into an agreement to acquire a Wisconsin company that is developing what Mallinckrodt says is the first "off-the-shelf" product that regenerates skin after it's damaged by severe burns. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fourth Israeli company to put U.S. headquarters in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/8/16)
    NRGene is an ag tech company based in Israel that will soon have a presence in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Life sciences company buys Earth City warehouse
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/16)
    A 21,000-square-foot Earth City facility that was formerly home to a South Dakota-based plastic and electronics manufacture, has been sold to Scinomix, a laboratory automation solutions provider to customers in the life sciences industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis warehouse vacancies fall
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/8/16)
    Available industrial real estate in the St. Louis area has fallen by nearly half from its post-recession peak of 16 percent, according to a new report from real estate firm CBRE. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    John Beal growing into new Maryland Heights HQ
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
    Officials with John Beal Inc., one of the region’s largest roofing contractors, expect to grow revenue 38 percent this year to $25 million as the company continues its push to become more technologically savvy and consumer friendly. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Aclara buys smart grid business from East Coast firm
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
    Aclara Technologies, a smart-meter company based in Hazelwood, has acquired the smart grid business of Tollgrade Communications Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company that unloaded the unit to focus more on its broadband offerings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Students get front row seats to health career opportunities
    (Riverbender.com, 8/8/16)
    What if you could get an inside look as a teenager at a future career in health care? You might find that there are more options than you ever dreamed possible. That’s what BJC School Outreach and Youth Development hopes area students will learn through the organization’s career exploration programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jennings High School students gain summer lab experience at UMSL
    (UMSL Daily, 8/10/16)
    For more than a dozen Jennings High School students, the first day of school this week wasn’t their first day back in an academic setting. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SLU Opens First New Dorm in 2 Decades
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/8/16)
    Saint Louis University has opened its first new residence hall in nearly two decades. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Aquarium to be built at Union Station
    (KSDK, 8/9/16)
    There is something fishy being built at Union Station… a new St. Louis Aquarium! >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Food hall coming to Midtown St. Louis
    (KTVI, 8/9/16)
    Ground is about the broken on a major project in midtown that will be like nothing else in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Looking back and ahead, two years after the death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/9/16)
    Tuesday, Aug. 9, marked two years since the police shooting death of Michael Brown. What's changed over those two years? What hasn't? What feelings does the day bring up for you? >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Destroyed Ferguson Boutique is Better Than Ever
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/9/16)
    Juanita Morris’ fashion boutique on West Florissant in Ferguson at first survived so many nights of looting when the riots began in August 2014. But eventually her store suffered a similar fate as the now well-known Berkeley QuikTrip and Zisser Tire & Auto Services. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The economic impact of immigrants to the state of Missouri and St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/10/16)
    Today, there are 224,430 foreign-born people living in Missouri. Some 14,000 of those immigrants are self-employed and immigrant-owned businesses that generated over $250 million in business income in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minority business center gets $1.4 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/16)
    The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. has received a federal grant of over $1.4 million to operate the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better STL: Local organization provides capital to small businesses
    (KMOV, 8/9/16)
    The owner of a growing downtown St. Louis construction business is breaking down social and racial barriers while trying to make St. Louis a better place. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Want to open a business in East St. Louis? She’s here to help
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/7/16)
    Running a business is in Devon Moody-Graham’s blood. Blame her parents. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues, Cardinals and NHL tout potential impact of Winter Classic
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/9/16)
    Following the selection of five St. Louis area players in the first round of this year's National Hockey League draft, officials with the Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL are convinced an outdoor game in January will help build on the sport's already solid footing in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Poet Laureate of ESL will be celebrated for 40 years of service
    (The St. Louis American, 8/10/16)
    Audiences will have a chance to meet, greet and hear East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond relive four decades of poetry and publishing next Wednesday in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Elijah P. Lovejoy Library. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    On Chess: St. Louis' reputation as chess capital grows as another grand master makes the city home
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/11/16)
    St. Louis has established itself, without a doubt, as the capital of chess in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Renovation Of Miles Davis’ Childhood Home Nearing Completion
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/11/16)
    A nearly decade-long effort to restore the boyhood home of jazz great Miles Davis and open it as a museum is nearing its culmination. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 05, 2016
    AB InBev works out details of merger with SABMiller
    (KTVI, 8/4/16)
    New details are being revealed this morning about the mega merger between AB InBev and SABMiller. The news is good for St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Median home price rises in and around St. Clair County, Realtors say
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/2016)
    The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois released the June 2016 housing statistics at the end of July. The median home price for Monroe, St. Clair, and Randolph Counties rose in June 2016 compared to June 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Housing permits on the rise in St. Louis region
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/4/16)
    The number of new single family home building permits in the St. Louis region is on the rise, albeit barely, just barely eclipsing the total number of permits at this time last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Charles County on track to continue housing growth trend
    (KSDK, 8/3/16)
    St. Charles County continues to grow. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What makes an innovation hub innovative?
    (AZRE, 8/2/16)
    A new study by the NAIOP Research Foundation offers insight into the development and growth of “innovation districts,” an economic development tool based on the notion that entrepreneurship and innovation can be stimulated in environments that both satisfy space needs of companies in different life cycle stages and encourage employees to interact and exchange ideas in a mix of settings. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Read the full NAIOP Research Foundation report here.
    St. Louis startup investors report first half totals
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/2/16)
    Some of St. Louis’ largest startup investment firms reported strong investment totals for the first half of 2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital Hires New Principal For SixThirty CYBER
    (EQ, 8/1/16)
    St. Louis-based venture capital firm Cultivation Capital announced the here of Christian Taylor, who is coming on as Principal focusing on the SixThirty CYBER accelerator program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Startup Orion Genomics Aims to Disrupt the Palm Oil Industry
    (Riverfront Times, 8/1/16)
    A St. Louis startup is on the brink of saving hundreds of thousands of acres of Malaysian rainforest, even while saving millions of dollars for companies that harvest palm oil in Malaysia — all through the science of DNA. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jewish Federation partners with PresenTense to create JFACE Accelerator
    (St. Louis Jewish Light, 8/3/16)
    Jewish Federation of St. Louis is launching a unique partnership with the global Jewish accelerator group PresenTense to form JFACE, a six-month St. Louis-based accelerator program that will target issues in the Jewish community. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local health systems rank among nation's largest integrated systems
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/16)
    Two local health care systems were among the top 25 in a new ranking of the nation's largest integrated health systems. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local hospital ranks among U.S. News 'best'
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/2/16)
    Barnes-Jewish Hospital ranked among the nation's 20 top hospitals in the U.S. News & World report's Best Hospital ranking released Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension forms unit to focus on international growth
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/16)
    Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit health system, is launching a new unit focused on international expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Care inks deal with BJC HealthCare
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/1/16)
    Missouri Care has signed a deal with BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians after failing to come to an agreement with SSM Health. The deal will give about 117,000 individuals access to BJC facilities and its partnering physicians. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Israeli firms see St. Louis as a place to grow
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/31/16)
    When a group of St. Louisans visited Israel in 2014 to build ties with that country’s entrepreneurs, they expected to wait years for the effort to bear fruit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Emerson sells units for $5.2 billion to focus on acquisitions
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/2/16)
    Emerson took the largest step in a year-old plan to overhaul its business, announcing two asset sales for $5.2 billion as it hunts for acquisitions to focus on industrial automation and consumer products. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Madison County commissions study of logistical/commerce centers
    (Riverbender.com, 8/2/16)
    Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan has announced the county will commission a study of the three prominent logistic centers in Madison County to provide specific information on the centers’ economic impact on Madison County and the municipalities where the centers are located. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cardinals’ coffee supplier opens Brentwood facility
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/1/16)
    After securing a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals to have its products served at Busch Stadium, Community Coffee Co. last week opened a 6,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in Brentwood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MCI Cores buys Pagedale warehouse
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/2/16)
    MCI Cores Inc., a worldwide buyer and seller of used car parts, has expanded to a warehouse in Pagedale from its home base in Wellston. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Public Schools receive training, funding to boost AP scores
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/4/16)
    Two weeks before the new school year, St. Louis Public School teachers Ninfa Matiase, LaJuana Stidmon and Jeremy Resmann cut red agar into squares before dropping them into vinegar. It’s an experiment to test how quickly the cubes absorb the vinegar &mdmdash; one of several lesson plans the teachers have learned over the past two weeks during training provided by the National Math and Science Initiative. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis airport could be in for a name change
    (KTRS, 8/5/16)
    Missouri’s largest airport could soon get a name change. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Redevelopment of former chemical facility near Soulard moves forward
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/5/16)
    The developer behind a plan to finish cleaning up a former Monsanto chemical factory and turn it into a warehouse and industrial park says the project could bring more than 1,000 jobs to the riverfront just south of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Charles eyes second convention center hotel
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/4/16)
    The St. Charles County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority and the city of St. Charles are planning to develop a second hotel near the St. CharlesConvention Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Gardner to make history as STL city's first African-American circuit attorney
    (The St. Louis American, 8/3/16)
    Kimberly Gardner will soon become St. Louis city's first black circuit attorney. With 46.6 percent of the vote, Gardner won handily in the four-way Democratic primary race for circuit attorney, beating her nearest challenger by nearly 10,000 votes, according to unofficial final results. She will run unopposed in the November general election. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hundreds of Syrian Refugees to Settle in St. Louis
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/3/16)
    The International Institute has came out with new numbers of Syrian refugees that are coming to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Campbell House’s ‘foodways’ gilded age — new hardback, glossy book shares historic family’s recipes
    (The Alton Telegraph, 8/2/16)
    In some ways, author Suzanne Corbett’s newest interpretive book has been many years in the making. “The Gilded Table: Recipes and Table Traditions from the Campbell House” shares the history and “foodways” of days gone by, focusing specifically on the recipes and entertaining habits of Virginia Campbell, who was the wife of wealthy St. Louis fur trader, Robert Campbell. >> CLICK FOR MORE