• St. Louis Press Pass

    May 23, 2016
    Analysts to Monsanto: Grow big or grow home
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/20/16)
    First, Monsanto went big with its $47 billion takeover offer last year for Syngenta, which was rebuffed. Then, last month, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said the company is no longer interested in large-scale mergers or acquisitions and would focus on innovation, collaboration and small-scale acquisitions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Does a Monsanto sale threaten area's thriving plant science hub?
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
    More than a few hurdles face German chemicals and pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG before its unsolicited offer to buy Monsanto becomes reality. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Research assistant Erin Hall extracts DNA from wheat at Monsanto's Chesterfield Village Research Center.
    Explore the technology Monsanto uses at its Chesterfield research facility 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/17/16)
    Monsanto, the global ag giant, recently gave the Business Journal a tour of its Chesterfield Village Research Center to show what it does and how it does it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area experiencing business growth
    (KTVI, 5/16/16)
    Stan Kroenke may claim St. Louis is a bad place to do business, but as we reported last week, Top Golf is just the latest of several big name chains being added to the St. Louis area`s marquee. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area median home prices up 17 percent in April
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/18/16)
    The median home sales price in the St. Louis area increased 17 percent last month compared with April 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How a Cahokia grocery store will become St. Louis' next public company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/13/16)
    When Bill Moran opened the first Save-A-Lot in 1977 in Cahokia, Illinois, he saw the potential for small grocers to compete against national chains by using cost-cutting to target lower-income shoppers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators is linchpin of St. Louis startup scene
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
    Judy Sindecuse hadn’t even heard of accelerator funds when she set out to create one. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture capital interest in blockchain startups on the rise
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/18/16)
    More money is being invested in startups developing blockchain technology, which is behind the bitcoin digital currency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    In Your Neighborhood- Cortex
    (KTVI, 5/13/16)
    Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premiere innovation hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as an anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    National Mapping Agency Sets Up Shop in Silicon Valley
    (Government Technology, 5/18/16)
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the mapping agency expanding its western headquarters in St. Louis, announced on Monday that it will create an "outpost" in Silicon Valley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Memorial seeks to add doctors for new building
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/13/16)
    Memorial Hospital plans to launch efforts to recruit doctors both to join its Memorial Medical Group and to operate independent physician practices in the $22 million medical office building it is planning for its newly opened Shiloh campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The proposed 70,500-square-foot medical office building would house offices for primary care, internal and family medicine physicians as well as obstetrics/gynecology and orthopedic specialists.
    Understanding how Zika works; Washington University med school’s discovery
    (KTVI, 5/12/16)
    A vaccine to protect against the Zika virus may be one step closer to becoming reality thanks to new discoveries made at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Airport plays major role in area
    (The Alton Telegraph, 5/16/16)
    More than 70,000 flight operations yearly and approximately 500 jobs make St. Louis Regional Airport a major player in the area’s economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Byrne & Jones Construction Acquires Peoria, Ill. Marine Construction Services Company
    (St. Louis CRN, 5/9/16)
    As St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding, it is expanding with the acquisition of Midwest Foundation, a Peoria, Ill. marine construction services company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Weber Workforce Center planned with support of estate gift
    (Riverbender.com, 5/18/16)
    Lewis and Clark Community College will break ground on a new workforce building on the Godfrey Campus later this year, thanks to a nearly $3.25 million gift from the estate of local resident Ed Weber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Plan advances for $60M bridge linking Missouri, Illinois
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/18/16)
    An old, narrow and deteriorating Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, may finally be replaced within the next few years, following two recent developments. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, MO was built in 1928 and carries 4,000 vehicles daily.
    Hockey rink project planned in Chesterfield as nearby Iceplex heads toward demolition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/13/16)
    A group including Michael Staenberg and Tom Kaiman is proposing a 44-acre Chesterfield Valley development anchored by a 130,000-square-foot hockey complex. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Small Business Week honors black business owners
    (The St. Louis American, 5/12/16)
    Two African-American local business owners received awards during National Small Business Week, held in St. Louis from May 2 to 7. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New student-driven East St. Louis Initiative connects entrepreneurs with resources
    (Fuse, 5/16/16)
    ESLI exists to support East St. Louis entrepreneurs with access to consulting, training, and legal services. In order to provide these services, ESLI connects student volunteers with a budding entrepreneur for four months of intensive support. The organization is already supporting a pair of driven entrepreneurs, including a mobile barbershop and a volleyball club. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    DiversityInc ranks utilities Ameren Corp 1st in nation
    (American Daily News, 5/17/16)
    For the second consecutive year, DiversityInc has ranked Ameren Corporation first in the United States on its 2016 listing of the nation’s Top 7 Utilities. Since 2010, Ameren has been recognized among DiversityInc’s top utilities for creating an inclusive workplace, supporting the diverse communities it serves and developing strong partnerships with diverse suppliers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Syrian Refugees to Arrive in St. Louis Within a Year
    (CBS St. Louis, 5/17/16)
    Around 300 Syrian refugees could be arriving in St. Louis within a years time and 10,000 are expected nationwide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis City Economic Incentives Report Tallies Totals, Recommends Changes
    (nextSTL, 5/13/16)
    There are at least two distinct lines of thought regarding economic development incentives in the City of St. Louis. One believes that incentives are absolutely necessary to generate investment, that “but for” the incentives, development would not happen. The other believes that incentives are a giveaway to big developers and real estate interests that impoverish the city and particularly burden residents outside the incentive system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ Forest Park Named No. 1 Best City Park in America
    (St. Louis Magazine, 5/17/16)
    There’s a lot to love about Forest Park, and St. Louis knows it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What would a National Park Service designation mean for Cahokia Mounds?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/15/16)
    On a warm spring afternoon, Italian archaeology students from the University of Bologna were painstakingly sifting through mud from a pit they’re excavating at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The 100-foot-tall Monks Mound, which contains about 22 million cubic feet of earth, draws the most visitors to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site annually. It’s the largest prehistoric earthen construction in north or south America.  
    Hockey town? Second round TV audience in St. Louis outweighed D-FW by nearly 450 percent
    (SportsDay, 5/14/16)
    It wasn't much of a contest when it came to hometown viewers for the second round series between the Stars and St. Louis Blues. In Dallas-Fort Worth the seven-game series on NBCSN and NBC averaged a 3.3 rating. In St. Louis the average was 14.8. That's a lopsided 4½-to-1 advantage for the Blues in hometown television sets tuned into the games. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    May 13, 2016
    Spire to launch offering of 1.9 million shares
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/12/16)
    Spire Inc., the company formerly known as The Laclede Group, announced Wednesday it plans to offer 1.85 million shares of its common stock to help fund recent acquisitions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Conventions spur economic development
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/6/16)
    As stakeholders and supporters of the St. Louis hospitality industry, we are writing to answer the question posed in the story that appeared in the Post-Dispatch on May 1: Are conventions worth it? Our answer is a resounding and unequivocal “Yes.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Local business owners and organization say that conventions, like the First Robotics Competition at the Edward Jones Dome (pictured), make St. Louis a competitive national contender.
    RiverVest among nation’s top-performing venture funds: Report
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/10/16)
    RiverVest Venture Partners’ RiverVest Venture Fund II was listed among the best performing sub-$250 million funds in the nation when ranked by money returned to investors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Through Apprenticeships, LaunchCode Holds the Keys to Filling STEM Jobs
    (U.S. News, 5/10/16)
    When President Barack Obama announced $100 million in Labor Department grants to train tech workers last March, he named St. Louis nonprofit LaunchCode as a model. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Videoconferencing startup Geniecast plans for major growth in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/10/16)
    Geniecast, a startup in two-way business videoconferencing events, is on a growth curve at the historic 555 Washington Avenue building in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blockchain Startup Fluent Raises $1.65 Mln In Series Seed Funding
    (EconoTimes, 5/11/16)
    Fluent has announced that it has raised $1.65 million in a series seed funding round led by ff Venture Capital and joined by Digital Currency Group, Crosscut Ventures, Draper Associates, Fenbushi Capital, Lindbergh Tech Fund, and the St. Louis Arch Angels. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Memorial, BJC file application to build medical office building in Shiloh
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 5/9/16)
    Less than a month after Memorial Hospital East opened, the next phase of growth at the hospital is already in the works. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh opened to patients on April 12. If approved, construction of the proposed office building would begin later this year with completion slated for 2017.
    Missouri will soon be able to review, evaluate health insurance premiums
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/11/16)
    Missouri may soon have the authority to review the prices of some health insurance plans before they’re sold to consumers in the state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Yield Lab startup set to close $2 million seed round
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/11/16)
    Till Mobile, an agtech startup brought to St. Louis by The Yield Lab accelerator earlier this year, expects to close on a $2 million seed round next month. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LMI Aerospace Expands Machining Complex In Washington, Missouri
    (Area Development News, 5/11/16)
    A leader provider of aerostructures, systems and components to the commercial, business and regional and military aerospace markets, LMI Aerospace plans to expand its machining operation in the city of Washington, Missouri. The company is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    East Alton airport honored by IDOT
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 5/10/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton has been named the Reliever Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the agency said Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Why do — or don't — college students stay in St. Louis after graduating?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/9/16)
    Every year, thousands of students graduate from colleges and universities in the St. Louis region. So why are so many looking to take their talent elsewhere? >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    As commencement season approaches, university students look at the pros and cons of living or leaving St. Louis.
    McKendree University announces $40 million capital campaign
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 5/9/16)
    McKendree University announced Monday a $40 million capital campaign to support the renovation of Voigt Science Hall and Holman Library. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL recognized for cybersecurity program
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/6/16)
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have designated the University of Missouri-St. Louis a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Emerson grants $1M to STL Community College Foundation to fund STEM programs for North County high schoolers
    (The St. Louis American, 5/9/16)
    The St. Louis Community College Foundation has received $1 million from Emerson to establish the Emerson STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Academy at the college’s Florissant Valley campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better St. Louis: Civic Progress pledges to help revitalize north St. Louis County
    (KMOV, 5/10/16)
    Civic Progress St. Louis is an organization looking to invest in the people searching for change in the north St. Louis area. The organization donated over $600,000 to other organizations trying to revitalize north St. Louis County Monday. These are just the first of many donations Civic Progress pledges to make. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Gills plan to buy Chemical Building
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/10/16)
    Amrit and Amy Gill, of local development company Restoration St. Louis, say they have the Chemical Building under contract. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    1.2M SF Railway Exchange Under Contract, Mixed-Use Redevelopment Planned
    (nextSTL, 5/11/16)
    According to multiple nextSTL sources, Hudson Holdings, a property development and real estate management group in Delay Beach, FL, has the vacant 1.2M sf Railway Exchange building in downtown St. Louis under contract. The historic building occupies an entire city block bordered by 6th, 7th, Locust, and Olive Streets.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MoDOT's proposed spending plan includes big projects on Interstate 270
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/11/16)
    A proposed Missouri Department of Transportation spending plan spanning the next five years calls for $3.97 billion in construction work, the bulk of which will be used for maintenance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Police Chief Seeks to Overturn Ferguson’s Legacy of Turmoil
    (The New York Times, 5/8/16)
    The longtime spokesman of the Miami Police Department, Maj. Delrish Moss, retired last week to become chief of the troubled Police Department in Ferguson, Mo. Mr. Moss, 51, will take over on Monday, not quite two years after a Ferguson officer killed an unarmed teenager, an episode that set off protests nationwide. In a recent interview, Mr. Moss spoke about the challenges he will face in Ferguson, police-community relations and how a run-in with the police as a teenager led him to get a badge of his own. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Maj. Delrish Moss says past mistreatment by police officers inspired him to become a better service provider for the Ferguson community.
    St. Louis adds National Blues Museum to the list of things to see in the Gateway City
    (New York Daily News, 5/9/16)
    St. Louis has got the blues — and now a home for it. The National Blues Museum recently opened in the Gateway to the West — a $14-million downtown destination that supporters hope will connect new generations to the American-made sound at the root of so many forms of music. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Millions to Ensure a Regional Museum Can Attract Top-Notch Leadership 
    (Inside Philanthropy, 5/9/16)
    It's a good time to be a museum situated between the two coasts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Creating the world's new chess capital
    (BBC News Magazine, 5/12/16)
    Chess is a global game, enjoyed by millions around the world. For much of the 20th Century the nucleus of chess was the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. But now a new chess capital of the world is emerging - the American Midwest city of St Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE