• St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 29, 2016
    Missouri 'Religious Freedom' Bill Defeated In House Committee Vote
    (NPR, 4/27/16)
    Missouri's so-called religious freedom bill may be dead for this year. The amendment to the state Constitution would have protected people who didn't want to provide services related to same-sex marriages, including clerks, clergy and businesses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    LGBT-rights supporters take part in a rally outside the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., on March 31. An amendment to the state Constitution protecting people who object to same-sex marriage failed in a committee vote on Wednesday, effectively killing the bill.
    Justice Department approves Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable with conditions
    (St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/25/16)
     The U.S. Justice Department on Monday gave antitrust approval to Charter Communications’ proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks, which would create the second-largest U.S. broadband provider and third-largest video provider. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Help working families break cycle of poverty
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/26/16)
    We can and must do more to help Missouri’s most economically disadvantaged working families break the cycle of poverty. As civic and business leaders, we are advocates for sensible public policies that encourage and incentivize employment and self-reliance to achieve income growth and reduce long-term dependency on government aid. This is why we support the Missouri Legislature’s efforts to create a state earned income tax credit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Laclede Group expands south with $344 million acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal. 4/26/16)
    The Laclede Group Inc. has agreed to acquire EnergySouth Inc., the parent of Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas, from a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) for $344 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A move from Otterville to Festus pays off for Midwest Regional
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    Six years ago, Midwest Regional Bank had $73 million in assets, a loan portfolio of $55 million, was losing money and operating out of a modular trailer in Festus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Initial state budget includes increase for Missouri Technology Corp.
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/25/16)
    A preliminary state budget includes a total budget increase of $7.05 million for the Missouri Technology Corp., according to Jason Hall of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cortex wraps $5 million overhaul to Sarah Street building
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/26/16)
    Cortex crews have completed work on the third and final phase of the $5 million renovation of the old Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) building, now called CIC@CET. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Need for high-tech workers is critical, say community leaders
    (St. Charles County Suburban Journals, 4/27/16)
    There is a critical need for more high-tech workers was the resounding message to St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann when he recently met with over 20 business and community leaders at the Information Technology Leader’s Luncheon hosted by the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, the second in an ongoing series of high-level business sector gatherings, according to a press release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Anthem CEO plans for growth on Obamacare insurance exchanges
    (St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/27/16)
    Health insurer Anthem Inc. on Wednesday said it is not planning to exit the Obamacare individual insurance exchanges next year like competitor UnitedHealth Group, and is planning instead on growth in that market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Technology brings Memorial Hospital emergency plans into 21st Century
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 4/17/16)
    Experts say taking a few minutes to plan ahead for emergencies at home can save lives. But it’s another thing when there’s an emergency in a multi-floor hospital full of patients, staff and hazardous materials. Plans for safe disaster response in hospitals — or schools, factories and high-rise buildings, too, for that matter — need to be more involved. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Breaking Down BioGenerator
    (EQ, 4/25/16)
    What is BioGenerator?  The short answer: A subsidiary of the non-profit organization BioSTL that was formed in 2003 to create, grow and invest in life science startups in the St. Louis region. The long answer: Their footprint is more complex than what a single sentence can explain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    “Most people probably don’t realize that we actually have a really complex mission,” says Eric Gulve (not pictured), president of BioGenerator. “We are addressing a number of different issues in the life science startup space. 
    How Drones Can Give a Boost to Biofuels
    (MIT Technology Review, 4/21/16)
    Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties of sorghum. In just one trip, the three drones, along with several stationary sensors, are expected to gather enough intel to construct a 3-D model of the field that will help researchers do what’s historically taken plant breeders ages to accomplish—pinpoint when a single plant in the field of sorghum varieties is thriving beyond expectation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bi-State freight district unveils official name, priority projects
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 4/27/16)
    With the official launch of the St. Louis Regional Freightway came a draft list of potential projects that are needed to align economic development with the region’s supply chain, the Bi-State Development enterprise said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lumber company at 75 years
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/23/16)
    The Fischer Lumber Company is a huge presence in East Alton. The company’s warehouses fill a large stretch of Shamrock Street. Another five acres not visible from the street add to the company’s size. There are so many buildings that Jim Fischer lost count. “We have at least 15,” he said. “It depends on how you count, because some are connected.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New park planned for Grand Center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
    A new public park is coming to a green space at Grand Boulevard and Grandel Square in Grand Center, near the Grand Center Arts Academy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Community Foundation wraps up record year
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
    The St. Louis Community Foundation set a record during its 2016 fiscal year by doling out $63.2 million in 4,300 grants to nonprofits. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Starbucks Opens its First Store in Ferguson
    (Fortune, 4/29/16)
    Starbucks has officially opened the doors to the coffee giant’s first store in Ferguson, Mo., part of a broader strategy to venture into lower-income communities. The Ferguson store, however, is symbolically important as it is city that is perhaps most well known in recent years for the unrest after an 18-year-old unarmed black teen was killed by police officers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues-Blackhawks Game 7 shatters FOX Sports Midwest all-time ratings record
    (FOX Sports, 4/26/16)
    The St. Louis Blues' dramatic 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals was the most-watched telecast in the history of FOX Sports Midwest.&nbnbsp;>> CLICK FOR MORE
    A Chess Renaissance in the Midwest
    (The New Yorker, 4/28/16)
    Last month, in Moscow, Fabiano Caruana played chess for two weeks at the Candidates Cup, whose winner, each year, goes on to face the sitting world champion. By the end, the twenty-three-year-old American—born in Miami, raised in Brooklyn, with no formal education after middle school other than chess-studying stints in Madrid, Budapest, Lugano, and elsewhere—was one game away from earning the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen, the twenty-five-year-old Norwegian who has been the best chess player in the world for much of the past six years, and who, in 2014, achieved the highest chess rating in history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis Science Center selected as Smithsonian Institution Affiliate
    (St. Louis American, 4/23/16)
    The Saint Louis Science Center has been named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The Science Center is the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the St. Louis area, and second in the state of Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Robotics booms in St. Louis as thousands of students gather to 'compete with their minds'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/28/16)
    About 29,000 students and 800 robots descended on downtown Wednesday in preparation for the FIRST Championship, the most prestigious robotics competition in the world. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Members from Australian team Thunder from Down Under make slight adjustments on their robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition on Thursday.
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 22, 2016
    Centene Acquires More Land, Set to Go Big in Clayton
    (nextSTL, 4/16/16)
    While Centene’s purchase of land at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard, has been known since late 2014, that project, or projects, may be bigger than initially understood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology scores DISA storage services contract worth up to $427M
    (FierceGovernmentIT, 4/15/16)
    Technology integrator World Wide Technology, in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has been awarded an Enterprise Storage Services II contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    D.C. firm to add 50 jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
    Anacomp Inc., a Washington, D.C.-area document management company, plans to open a new data center in Maryland Heights next month that will create 50 jobs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How Jim McKelvey's Launchcode Is Helping Unconventional Tech Talent
    (Fast Company, 4/18/16)
    Through its St. Louis headquarters and year-and-a-half-old Miami outpost, LaunchCode has found apprenticeships for more than 360 people, with 86% of them still working in comparable tech positions six months later. With the help of executive director Brendan Lind, McKelvey is lining up more employers, many of which pay a $5,000 fee for every apprentice they hire, bringing the nonprofit closer to self-sufficiency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sold out Demo Day for Prosper Women Entrepreneurs in STL
    (Silicon Prairie News, 4/18/16)
    Introductions. Innovation. High energy. That’s what attendees to the sold out Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s Demo Day experienced Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    (Left) Suz Somersall, Co-Founder and CEO of KiraKira and (right) Malena Southworth, Co-Founder of KiraKira.
    IDEA Labs expands beyond St. Louis, seeks to create innovative solutions to medical problems
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/21/16)
    Barnell and her team are just one of several companies that have come together with the help of IDEA Labs, a nonprofit started in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. IDEA Labs brings together “students, faculty, staff, and local entrepreneurs to tackle unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startup company helping entrepreneurs connect in St. Charles County
    (KMOV, 4/18/16)
    St. Charles County is one of the top 25 places for tech companies, according to a recent report from the Progressive Policy Institute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cancer drug startup raises $5 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/20/16)
    Confluence Life Sciences, a startup that is developing new drugs to treat cancer and other inflammatory diseases, has raised $4.83 million from a group of investors, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MMS merger already lands $1 billion VA contract
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    MMS - A Medical Supply Co. just wrapped up in recent weeks its merger with two other medical distributors to create Concordance Healthcare Solutions, and the newly formed company already has landed a contract worth more than $1 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM, BJC see early success in new care model
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16)
    The St. Louis area’s two largest health care systems are seeing early success in a federal program that rewards providers for achieving better patient outcomes while lowering the cost of care, according to the latest report by St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM adds 100 to its payroll in Walgreens deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    SSM Health plans to hire the 75 to 100 nurse practitioners and patient-care technicians that currently staff the 27 Walgreens clinics that are part of the newly inked deal between the health care system and the retail pharmacy chain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New technology at Washington University is a life-saver for local woman
    (KSDK, 4/18/16)
    Lungs are one of the most difficult organs to transplant. They are fragile and susceptible to infection which was a problem, even when they did finally find a possible donor for Michelle...but now, the Washington University School of Medicine has a new tool, the XVIVO perfusion system. It's a machine housed at Mid-America Transplant that's designed to enhance lung function before transplantation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KE2 raises another $1.5 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/18/16)
    KE2 Therm Solutions, a Washington, Missouri-based developer and manufacturer of smart refrigeration controllers, has raised $1.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Paulo buys new St. Louis facility for future expansion
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/19/16)
    Paulo Products Co., which operates heat treating facilities, is expanding its St. Louis footprint with a new facility adjacent to its St. Louis headquarters just south of Forest Park. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University to offer family business program
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    Washington University on Friday said that its Olin Business School will begin a family business program this fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Why are local teachers embedding in St. Louis startups this summer?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/18/16)
    When Nate Marschalk, the executive director of the local education innovation non-profit The Disruption Department, heard of the new Education Innovation Fellowship program being piloted by St. Louis’ Venture Café and St. Louis Public Schools, he was immediately against the idea. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Finally Gets a Regional Community Development System
    (Next City, 4/18/16)
    Only 11 percent of St. Louis metro’s population lives inside city limits. With most community development corporations (CDCs) located in the city (and dwindling support for them—CDBGs have been cut by $39 million statewide in Missouri since 2010, part of a nationwide pattern) local leaders saw the need for a region-focused retooling when it comes to economic development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Metro transit project to spawn city development
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
    The more than 7,000 passengers who use the Civic Center Transit Center in downtown St. Louis every day will need to adjust their routes as Metro begins an 18-month-long expansion project that’s part of a larger renaissance in improving public transportation to cultivate St. Louis economic development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis wants 'gigabit' Internet speeds
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/16)
    St. Louis economic development officials want someone to give St. Louis the kind of ultra-fast Internet service that Google is bringing to Kansas City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    University City hopes to grow business with Olive Link
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16)
    Dustin Chalfant and his Senn Bierwerks partners looked at nearly two dozen sites for their brewery but kept circling back to an empty lot on Olive Boulevard in University City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Brother, sister slowly bring luster back to Alton’s historic buildings
    (Illinois Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    Many people look at deteriorating buildings and see history in decline. Mike and Jeannine Kelly look at such structures and see history in the making. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Big Business Speaks Up on Social Issues
    (The Wall Street Journal, 4/17/16)
    Companies used to avoid hot-button social issues, fearing that any strong stance could alienate customers and staff. Now, executives say it is far more risky to stay silent on issues such as gay rights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Highbrow program for ex-cons in St. Louis hires an ex-con to help lead it
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/16)
    Perhaps it's fitting that a new multi-million dollar program designed to help people rebuild their lives after prison hired an ex-con to be one of its executives. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Zoo Redo
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/22/16)
    The St. Louis Zoo has drafted plans for a $500 million, 25-year redevelopment and expansion that remakes the zoo’s southern half, complete with galloping giraffes, free-flying flamingos, a 2,000-foot-long gondola line and — perhaps — giant pandas. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis, Sacramento 'front-runners' for MLS expansion
    (EPSN FC, 4/21/16)
    Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says St. Louis and Sacramento are the leading candidates for the next round of expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE