• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 22, 2016
    City of St. Louis sees $1 billion construction boom
    (KMOV, 7/20/16)
    Construction is booming in the City of St. Louis. More than $1 billion was spent on permits- building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing – in the 2016 fiscal year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NGA director signals closer ties with community at new north side headquarters
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/22/16)
    When the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency opens its new facility on the city’s North Side early next decade, it doesn’t want to be an obscure federal agency tucked away in an industrial corridor anymore. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Chamber backs Centene expansion
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/21/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is endorsing Medicaid managed care provider Centene's plan for a massive expansion of its Clayton headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise moves up on Forbes' largest private company list
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/20/16)
    Enterprise Holdings, the Clayton-based rental car giant, is now the nation's 15th largest private company, according to Forbes magazine. That's one spot higher than last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    O’Fallon among fastest-growing communities in the St. Louis area
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/21/16)
    When you crunch the numbers it becomes clear that O’Fallon has paved the way as a leader in the region’s growing residential housing development sphere. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis home sales rise as inventory drops in June
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/19/16)
    The number of homes on the market in June was down 16 percent compared with the same period last year as the median sales price spiked, according to a housing report from St. Louis Association of Realtors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midwest Regional planting bank in Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/22/16)
    Midwest Regional Bank is adding to its footprint with plans to build a new location in Chesterfield, according to documents filed with the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CNB Bank & Trust nationally recognized as Top 25 Ag Loan Producer
    (Riverbender.com, 7/20/16)
    The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently recognized CNB Bank & Trust as one of the Top 25 Agriculture Loan Producers in the nation, in the category of financial institutions with $500 million to $1 billion in assets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital leads $1.2 million investment in ag-data firm S4
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/19/16)
    S4, an agricultural data firm that has placed its U.S. headquarters in Creve Coeur, has raised $1.2 million from investors led by Cultivation Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Expansion-stage investment on the rise in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    Venture capitalists invested $98.6 million to date this year into Missouri companies, mostly from the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sparo Labs’ Abby Cohen On Getting FDA Clearance For Wing
    (EQ, 7/18/16)
    Earlier this month, WashU-bred biotech company Sparo Labs, headed up by co-founders Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer, learned their Wing device gained FDA clearance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How to grow a hip replacement with your own stem cells
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/18/16)
    A St. Louis orthopedic researcher has developed a way to grow a hip replacement out of stem cells found in a patient’s fat reserves, and is now testing it in animals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto Rejects Bayer’s Sweetened Merger Offer
    (The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)
    Monsanto Co. on Tuesday again rejected Bayer AG’s takeover proposal, saying Bayer’s improved $65 billion bid still undervalued the biotech seed giant—but it left the door open to further talks with Bayer and “other parties.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pfizer said to plan new lab, office in Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/18/16)
    New York-based drug company Pfizer plans to move out of its local headquarters at the Monsanto Chesterfield Village Research Center after it builds a new campus for its research and development operations on 32 acres in Chesterfield, according to people familiar with the matter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sigma's new boss is committed to St. Louis 'epicenter'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/22/16)
    Udit Batra was in awe of Sigma-Aldrich’s research and e-commerce capabilities when he was competing with it. He’s even more impressed now that he’s running the company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    DynaLabs investment doubles the size of its testing facility
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/19/16)
    DynaLabs LLC, a St. Louis-based pharmaceuticals testing lab, spent $1.5 million to double the size of its testing facility, the company announced Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2 business parks proposed for Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/21/16)
    Two business parks, including one with a historic train station design, are in the works for Chesterfield, according to planning documents filed with the city’s Architectural Review Board. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fenton Chrysler site redevelopment could follow Hazelwood Ford blueprint
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/16)
    Amid what seems to be a booming market for new industrial buildings, even more space is underway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IMPACT Strategies to build warehouse, office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
    Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a contract to build a new 114,000-square-foot warehouse and office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A matter of degrees: Regional Chamber wants to boost college completion
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/20/16)
    When it comes to education, Missouri has no shortage of goals. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education wants the state to be in, as its slogan says, in the Top 10 by 20 – among the leaders in a variety of school measures by the year 2020. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Study: Is St. Louis making the best use of economic tax incentives?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/18/16)
    Each month the commissioners of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of St. Louis hear request after request from developers and even residents for tax abatements that usually last five to 10 years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BMO Harris plans to keep historic Southwest Bank building on Kingshighway
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/16)
    BMO Harris Bank is planning a $10 million restoration and construction project at its historic Southwest Bank property in south St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis And The International Institute of St. Louis Honored At The White House
    (ALIVE Magazine, 7/5/16)
    As harsh judgement swirls around questions of immigration policy, the celebration of foreign populations in America seems to be more vital than ever before. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better STL: LaunchCode teaching minorities to code
    (KMOV, 7/19/16)
    A local non-profit is helping minorities become more involved in the tech industry through summer coding courses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County Library serving thousands of free lunches this summer
    (KSDK, 7/18/16)
    The program is available through August 12th at the following branches: Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Rock Road and Weber Road. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pulitzer Arts Foundation, German architects move interior of urban home to Grand Center space
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/21/16)
    Anyone who has been through some of St. Louis’ oldest areas, particularly in mostly black neighborhoods, is likely to have been struck by the number of uninhabited spaces. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 15, 2016
    Jerry Kent reaches for the clouds on the way to building his next billion-dollar company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    For all intents and purposes, Jerry Kent is in the cherry-picking business. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bayer's new bid for Monsanto likely will be rejected, analysts say
    (CNBC, 7/14/16)
    Even though German chemical and drug company Bayer has sweetened the pot in its attempt to win seed giant Monsanto, analysts suggest the U.S. company's board is likely to reject the roughly $65 billion offer and could pursue other transactions such as combining with BASF's agro-chemicals unit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis office market doing OK
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/11/16)
    The St. Louis office market is gobbling up space at a decent rate but rents remain flat. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First Bank shops Clayton properties
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    First Bank is looking to unload a trio of properties in the heart of downtown Clayton, including the site where its north Clayton branch is located, at 135 N. Meramec Ave. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture capital firms invest $35 million in St. Louis firms in second quarter
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/14/16)
    Seven St. Louis companies attracted $35 million in venture capital during the second quarter, according to the authoritative MoneyTree report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Yield Lab Announces Launch Of The Yield Lab Galway
    (EQ, 7/15/16)
    The Yield Lab announced the launch of the Yield Lab Galway, a food and agriculture technology venture fund and business accelerator Friday from Galway, Ireland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Government contractor opens Cortex office
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/14/16)
    NJVC, an IT solutions provider that works mostly with the federal government, has opened a new office in the Cambridge Innovation Center in the Cortex innovation district. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edwardsville startup eyes booming online food ordering market
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/10/16)
    Ordello, a startup with an office on campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is leveling the playing field, building websites for independent restaurants that allow customers to order online. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis-based startup creating product to allow plants to grow without soil
    (KMOV, 7/13/16)
    A St. Louis-based startup company is working to create a product that will allow plants to grow in any environment without soil. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Robots Soon Coming to Arch Grounds in Downtown St. Louis
    (CBS St. Louis, 7/14/16)
    Get ready to see robots roaming the sidewalks of downtown St. Louis. A company called Starship Technologies is testing out how the general population will react to delivery robots in the United States. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital first in Metro East to use Multipoint Pacing technology for heart patients
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in partnership with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, is the first facility in the Metro East to utilize the new MultiPoint Pacing technology, featured on the Quadra Allure MP CRT-pacemaker. Prairie cardiologist Dr. Atul Shah performed the procedure recently in the multi-million-dollar electrophysiology lab at the Belleville campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC plans to build doctors building next to Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/12/16)
    The Shiloh Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a planned unit development and special use applications submitted by BJC HealthCare to construct a $22 million office building next to Memorial Hospital East. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University studying possible Alzheimer’s preventative treatments
    (KMOV, 7/14/16)
    Washington University School of Medicine recently received a $4.3 million grant to study a potential preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s disease -- decades before symptoms arrive. Men and women are coming to St. Louis from all around the country to take part. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Global Trade Plan builds on Granite City port efforts
    (Metro East Chronicle, 7/6/16)
    As Panamanian officials last week celebrated the opening of the expanded Panama Canal – designed to facilitate mega-freighter traffic between the U.S. and Asia – top St. Louis area business and political leaders moved into the second phase of a drive to position the Gateway region for a new era in international trade. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bull Moose acquires sprinkler assets
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/13/16)
    Bull Moose Tube, a subsidiary Chesterfield-based Bull Moose Industries that makes sprinkler pipe, has acquired additional sprinkler pipe assets that will be incorporated into two of its manufacturing mills in Trenton, Georgia, and Casa Grande, Arizona. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developers want $57 million in incentives for logistics park on old Chrysler site
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/13/16)
    The developers of the former Chrysler site in Fenton are seeking $57 million in public assistance to turn the former auto assembly site into a $222 million business park with warehouses, hotels and offices. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIU trustees approve over $3 million in contracts for Edwardsville campus
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at their regular meeting in Springfield on Thursday, approved over $3 million in contracts for work at the Edwardsville campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE lands among Forbes Magazine’s top colleges
    (The Alton Telegraph, 7/12/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top four public universities in the state according to Forbes magazine’s top colleges ranking. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    WUSTL announces need-based scholarship for local students
    (The St. Louis American, 7/13/16)
    Washington University in St. Louis has announced a major new scholarship initiative that will support low-income and first-generation students from the St. Louis region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL puts prospective students on fast track to admissions
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/7/16)
    Joseph Hill wanted to join his twin brother in the accounting program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis this fall, but he didn’t quite have his act together. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Putting St. Louis on the Map
    (Ladue News, 7/7/16)
    Students considering relocating to St. Louis to attend the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis now have a new tool available to help them learn more about the city and its surroundings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hotel Indigo coming to downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/8/16)
    By late next year, two empty buildings at a downtown St. Louis streetcorner will be redone as Hotel Indigo St. Louis at the Arch, the project's developer said Friday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Artistic Panels Salvaged From Crestwood Plaza
    (Webster-Kirkwood Times, 7/15/16)
    Crestwood Mayor Gregg Roby and the board of aldermen have rescued 25 unique artistic panels by sculptor Saunders Schultz and artist William Conrad Severson from the wrecking ball at the old Crestwood Plaza. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Six Big Proposals for the Maryland Park Lake District Development Area
    (nextSTL, 7/8/16)
    From the City of Maryland Heights: The City has begun the process of studying the proposals and conducting a series of public workshops and other meetings for input leading to a final decision sometime in February on which developments will proceed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mayor Slay touts success and growth in youth jobs program
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/13/16)
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is touting progress in the city's efforts to employ teenagers and young adults over the summer. STL Youth Jobs launched nearly four years ago as a collaboration between the city and civic partners to offer paid positions and training opportunities for at-risk youth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis teen entrepreneurs dream of business success
    (KSDK, 7/11/16)
    A 16-year-old awaits word of a deal to internationally market his device for foot pain. Two 14-year-olds dream of growing their internet clothing line. Instead of taking it easy this summer, these teenagers talk about cash flow, marketing, and the Holy Grail of sales: creating products that are cool. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New museum honors the blues
    (CBS Sunday Mornings, 7/10/16)
    A recent museum opening has some folks in St. Louis singing the blues - and they couldn't be any happier about it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Six Mile Bridge, Kräftig win gold at U.S. Open Beer Championship
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/13/16)
    The U.S. Open Beer Championship announced its annual medal winners this week, and two St. Louis breweries won gold. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Swap Meet opens new Riverfront Market
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/15/16)
    The St. Louis Swap Meet is having a grand opening of its riverfront location below the Gateway Arch this weekend. The new monthly event is a partnership of the St Louis Swap Meetand Great Rivers Greenway. >> CLICK FOR MORE