• St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 15, 2016
    St. Louis among Fed districts reporting 'sizeable' wage increase for key jobs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/13/16)
    The U.S. economy continued to expand from late February to early April and low unemployment appears to be spurring an uptick in wage growth, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The State of Small Business: Missouri
    (Business Daily News, 4/13/16)
    Business owners in Missouri cited the low cost of living, ample networking opportunities and a business-friendly environment as pluses of doing business in the state. Even some of the challenges, such as a low unemployment rate that is making it more difficult for entrepreneurs to hire, are indicative of a healthy economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Southwest Airlines expands at Lambert Airport
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/11/16)
    Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s biggest airline carrier is expanding its presence in order to gear up for more flights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture investments are down, but not in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/15/16)
    Venture capital funds invested $54.4 million in Missouri companies between January and March, the highest first-quarter total since 2010. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Grants joins push for increased MTC funding
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    Arch Grants, the St. Louis-based organization that has invested more than invested $4.2 million of non-equity grants into nearly 80 startups, has joined a coalition of St. Louis-area officials pushing for the state lawmakers to nearly double the amount of funding for the Missouri Technology Corp. (MTC). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty And St. Louis Recognized As Pioneering FinTech Community
    (EQ, 4/6/16)
    SixThirty and St. Louis were recently recognized by Village Capital and VilCap Communities as a pioneering start-up community for our competitive advantage and work in FinTech. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Google, Apple and this St. Louis startup are tops in indoor mapping industry
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/13/16)
    Google. Apple. And St. Louis-based startup Aisle411. Those are the three most innovative companies in indoor location, analytics and advertising in the retail industry, according ABI Research’s Location Technologies Service. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis University Hospital set to begin first major construction project in decades
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/11/16)
    This week St. Louis University Hospital will break ground on a new center to treat complex cancers, and it will be the first major construction project to take place on the hospital's campus since 1985. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    OSF HealthCare invests in St. Louis medical device startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/13/16)
    OSF HealthCare, a Catholic health care organization based out of Peoria, Illinois, has launched a new $75 million venture capital arm called OSF Ventures. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danforth Plant Science Center’s $45 million expansion opens 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
    For Dr. Bill Danforth, the recent $45 million expansion named after him at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center helps make St. Louis the global hub of life science research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lee Biosolutions makes first deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/8/16)
    Lee Biosolutions has made its first acquisition, buying the product line and intellectual property of Indianapolis-based Creative Laboratory Products Inc. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Westar Said to Get Bid Interest From Ameren, Canadian Funds
    (Bloomberg, 4/8/16)
    Westar Energy Inc., the biggest electric utility in Kansas, has drawn takeover interest from rival Ameren Corp. as well as an investor consortium that includes Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, according to people familiar with the matter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren training new generation of smart workers
    (Illinois Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    The smart grid is the next generation of technology keeping the lights on in Illinois homes and businesses, and many of the next generation of crewmen to service it are coming out of training facilities in Belleville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capitol Land adding 120 acres in Glen Carbon
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/8/16)
    The developer behind Edwardsville Crossing, one of the largest retail projects in Edwardsville, now has another 120 acres under contract in neighboring Glen Carbon. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prairie Farms' move begins to take shape
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/2/16)
    The city of Edwardsville has started taking the necessary steps to facilitate the move of Prairie Farms Dairy to town. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KWAME/HR Green Joint Venture Team Begins Airfield Improvement Project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
    (St. Louis CNR, 4/11/16)
    A joint venture team of Kwame Building Group, Inc. and HR Green (KWAME/HR Green) has begun work on a $7 million taxiway reconstruction project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New designs filed for $4 million Chapman Plaza at Shaw Park
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/11/16)
    Chapman Plaza architect SWT Design has released new renderings of the project that is slated to be built at the north entrance to Shaw Park in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hicor Group to invest $1 million in new Grand Center HQ
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    Officials with The Hicor Group, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Chameleon Integrated Services, said they plan to invest more than $1 million to redevelop a 7,000-square-foot building in Grand Center that will serve as the company’s new headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    More businesses join push to defeat ‘religious freedom’ bill
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    Missouri Competes, a group organized in part by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, on Tuesday unveiled a variety of businesses and organizations that oppose the state’s so-called “religious freedom” resolution. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SJR 39 will hurt Missourians and Missouri companies
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/12/16)
    As business leaders proud to operate in the Show-Me State, we know the importance of promoting a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. In the global competition for talent, the success of our companies is heavily based on our ability to attract and retain the best and most diverse group of highly skilled workers, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CIC Announces Kim Plank As General Manager
    (EQ, 4/11/16)
    CIC St. Louis announced today that Kim Plank will become its new St. Louis general manager replacing Dougan Sherwood, founder and managing director of CIC St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene to host grand opening for Ferguson Service Center
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/14/16)
    Less than one month after the shooting death of Michael Brown and the protests that immediately followed, Centene Corporation made a commitment to Ferguson. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City, County pledge nearly $2M to Concordance Academy
    (St. Louis American, 4/11/16)
    Eighty-three percent of Missouri prisoners released to the community struggle with substance abuse; 72 percent will not find a full-time job; and 48 percent without a GED return to prison within two years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 08, 2016
    Mayor Slay not seeking re-election
    (KMOV, 4/8/16)
     St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will not run for re-election. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Earnings tax, bond issue overwhelmingly pass in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/5/16)
    City residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly chose to keep taxing their incomes by 1 percent. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Mayor Francis Slay casting his ballot at the polling station.
    St. Louis area housing market 'crazy busy'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/8/16)
    Multiple offers. First-day-on-the-market sales for over the asking price. A jump in the number of transactions. That’s a snapshot of the local housing market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro East housing statistics on the rise, local Realtors say
    (Illinois Business Journal, 4/6/16)
    The Metro East housing market continued to make strides in the number of homes sold and the median home price in February 2016. The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois released the February 2016 housing statistics, resulting in a higher number of homes sold in St. Clair, Monroe and Clinton Counties in February 2016 compared to February 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TierPoint completes Cosentry acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/1/16)
    TierPoint LLC officials said Thursday that they completed the previously announced acquisition of Cosentry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Information Technology Firm Marks 15 Years Serving St. Louis Area Businesses
    (Saint Louis CNR, 4/6/16)
    TDK Technologies, the St. Louis Information Technology consulting firm that has received national and regional recognition for growth and innovation, marks 15 years serving the technology and management services needs of St. Louis area customers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Israeli tech company NRGene to open St. Louis office
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/7/16)
    Israeli tech company NRGene plans to open an office in the Cortex innovation district that will serve as its U.S. base of operations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty Announces Its Spring 2016 Cohort
    (EQ, 4/6/16)
    SixThirty announced the five companies comprising their spring 2016 cohort last night at T-REX. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Has Added These Four Startups To Its Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator Program
    (SportTechie, 4/6/16)
    Stadia Ventures, the growing sports accelerator out of St. Louis, has announced the selection of five sports startups that will be entering their Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    EndoStim raises $11 million AFTER canceled stock offering
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/1/16)
    EndoStim, the St. Louis-based medical device maker that earlier this year canceled plans to go public, has raised more than $11 million from a group of undisclosed investors, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto aims to tackle looming global food crisis
    (MarketWatch, 4/6/16)
    Monsanto Co. is aiming to tackle a looming global food shortage, in a move seen as potentially improving its frayed reputation and boosting its bottom line long term. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A-B places bigger bet on twist-off aluminum bottles
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/8/16)
    St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. unit of Belgium-based A-B InBev, just completed construction on its $160 million expansion of its Metal Container Corp. facility in Arnold that doubles production capacity to 1 billion aluminum bottles annually. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges For Women
    (Forbes, 3/29/16)
    Using our 2016 Best Value colleges ranking, we determined which schools are helping launch women into STEM professions. Other standouts on our list include Washington University in St. Louis (MO), Duke University (NC) and Princeton University (NJ), which round out the top five. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Does the Scottrade Center need a facelift?
    (KSDK, 4/4/16)
    The Scottrade Center is now 22 years old. New buildings are being built all over the country. The Blues and St. Louis Sports Commission are not asking for a new facility. They are asking for improvements. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis boardinghouse where a union was born will be preserved as a museum
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/1/16)
    A former boardinghouse in St. Louis that played a role in the birth of the country’s largest electrical union is being transformed into a $6 million museum by local members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Missouri investing $25 million to replace aging infrastructure downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/4/16)
    Ameren Missouri is spending $25 million to replace outdated infrastructure, underground cables, and adding technology to better serve downtown customers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Business backlash against same-sex marriage proposal in Missouri Legislature continues
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/16)
    More business leaders are coming out in opposition to a resolution in the Missouri Legislature that would grant greater legal protections to those opposed to same-sex marriage. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Does St. Louis' earnings tax affect business growth? It depends on who you ask
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/31/16)
    It’s hard to tell how much impact St. Louis’ 1 percent earnings tax has on attracting businesses to the city. Arguments over the effects of the tax are largely anecdotal. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Moss supporters say he's the right fit for Ferguson
    (U.S. News, 4/1/16)
    Delrish Moss experienced the worst of policing growing up in inner-city Miami. Those close to him say that makes him the ideal person to bring the best of it to Ferguson, Missouri, where African-American mistrust of police dates long before the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $2 million pledged in St. Louis area for new program to help ex-offenders
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/5/16)
     Leaders from St. Charles County, St. Louis and St. Louis County are committing $2 million toward an effort to reduce the likelihood that ex-convicts will return to prison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis scholarships to learn coding, thanks to Karlie Kloss
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/16)
    It's a program to encourage more girls to pursue the challenge and job placement advantages that come with mastering computer coding techniques. And what better instigator for the program than an acclaimed beauty with a brainy side. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis celebrates National Blues Museum debut
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/2/16)
    The National Blues Museum — a sensory rich, colorful homage to blues music — is now open in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The Normandy High School band plays outside of the National Blues Museum in honor of its grand opening.
    Swansea, Illinois-based studio helping design Grand Center development; Kranzberg Arts Foundation developing new multi-purpose venue at St. Louis’ historic Cadillac Building
    (The Alton Telegraph, 4/5/16)
    Further building on its commitment to make St. Louis a world-class center for the arts, The Kranzberg Arts Foundation, established and headed by philanthropists and arts supporters Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, is currently developing a new multi-purpose venue in Grand Center’s historic Cadillac Building. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forest Park in St. Louis Wins Best City Park
    (USA Today 10Best, 4/4/16)
    With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy free fun in your local city park. We asked a team of park and planning experts to help us nominate the top city parks in the United States. Nearly 60 parks were brought into the discussion, but we narrowed it down to 20 of the best to turn over to our readers to vote. >> CLICK FOR MORE