• St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 04, 2016
    ITEN report: St. Louis tech startups upped fundraising in 2015
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/2/16)
    St. Louis’ tech startups increased funding 13 percent in 2015 to nearly $176 million, according to the ITEN Tech Startup Report, an annual study of the health of the tech startup scene in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Thomson Reuters moving jobs to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/16)
    Thomson Reuters, the business information and media firm, plans to relocate 17 jobs from Argentina to its Creve Coeur campus, officials announced. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene is said to plan 20-story tower in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/1/16)
    After quietly acquiring considerable land in Clayton, Centene Corp. is planning a new office tower in the heart of that city, according to a prominent real estate executive. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tech startups expected to add over 700 jobs in St. Louis this year: IT jobs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/3/16)
    Over the next half-decade, roughly 10,000 technology-related jobs are expected in the St. Louis market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty partners with RGA to grow fintech startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/16)
    St. Louis-based financial services startup accelerator SixThirty has inked a partnership with RGAx, a subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America that focuses on new and emerging technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Give And Take: How St. Louis’ Community Drives Collaboration Between Startups And Banks
    (EQ, 2/29/16)
    St. Louis is a unique ecosystem for business in a lot of respects. As we often cover, our startup community is more collaborative than many entrepreneurs would find elsewhere. That community-driven aspect also permeates the financial world, and it’s paying off for legacy banks and FinTech startups alike. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators launches executive hiring platform
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/1/16)
    Capital Innovators, the St. Louis-based technology startup accelerator, has launched a new platform to give budding entrepreneurs better access to executives to help grow their startups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis startup to double workforce in St. Louis
    ((St. Louis Business Journal, 2/25/15)
    Bonfyre, the St. Louis-based social media startup that earlier this year raised $2.5 million, has committed to doubling its employee count at its headquarters on The Hill. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Global VR/AR Association Launches In St. Louis
    (EQ, 2/26/16)
    “I have this phrase that I’ve started using which is, ‘VR is not just a thing, AR is not just a thing, VR and AR will be everything,” says Nathan Pettyjohn, founder and president of the VR/AR Association, launched last month. “Almost every element of our lives in the next five to 10 years [is] going to be touched by this technology. It will be the next big platform after mobile.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nation's largest insurers knock Obamacare marketplaces, but Centene finds success
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/28/16)
    Some of the nation’s health insurance giants are complaining that they are losing money on the health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. … Yet, Clayton-based Centene is thriving. Though its core business remains managed care for state-run Medicaid programs, Centene has found a growing, lucrative niche in the federal and state-run marketplaces. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension finalizes acquisition of Wisconsin health system
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/2/16)
    Ascension has finalized its acquisition of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, a nearly $2 billion system that is one of the largest health care providers in southeast Wisconsin. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing appoints Leanne Caret to head St. Louis-based defense unit
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/16)
    Leanne Caret, a 28-year Boeing (NYSE: BA) veteran, will take over Boeing’s St. Louis-based Defense, Space and Security business as CEO March 1. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lighthouse for the Blind wins $19.5 million in federal work
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/2/16)
    Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, which provides manufacturing and packaging services, recently began work on $19.5 million in orders from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis picks new site for maintenance garage, could mean 200 more jobs
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/24/16)
    St. Louis has picked a place to store and maintain its fleet of trash trucks, setting in motion a process that could lead to 200 new jobs in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis increases youth summer job opportunities
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/26/15)
    St. Louis is one of 15 cities across the U.S. that increased the number of private sector worksites offering summer youth employment, according to a report from JPMorgan Chase. St. Louis added 19 new partnerships in 2015, the fourth most among the 15 cities in the report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Higher Education: SIUE to offer environmental sciences degree
    (Belleville News Democrat, 3/1/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences will offer a bachelor’s degree program in environmental sciences beginning in the fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Soldiers Memorial closes for $30 million renovation
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/16)
    The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum closed Sunday for a $30 million renovation, with plans to open its doors again in 2018. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    People’s to break ground on new youth health center
    (St. Louis American, 2/25/16)
    Dwayne Butler’s expertise was in business and finance, not health care, when he took over as president and CEO of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers from his mother, the organization’s founder and namesake, in 2008. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minority business ownership surges in Metro area
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/24/16)
    The number of minority-owned businesses in the St. Louis region has shown substantial growth in recent years, expanding faster than any of the other 50 most populous metro areas in the country. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America
    (Savoy, 2/28/16)
    Richard J. Mark, President and CEO of Ameren Illinois was ranked as a distinguished African-American corporate leader. The Savoy Top 100 is the definitive list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Webster University holding two-day summit aimed at tackling diversity
    (KMOV, 2/29/16)
    Webster University will hold a two-day summit aimed at tackling diversity this week.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Public Library tops off $20 million capital campaign
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/29/15)
    The St. Louis Public Library Foundation has completed its $20 million capital campaign, raising about $40,000 above its goal, according to foundation Director Elizabeth Reeves. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New fashion director in St. Louis looks to lead industry revival
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/26/16)
    The once-bustling St. Louis fashion industry could be poised for a rebound and a native with some big-time economic development experience is playing a key role.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • Arcus Awards 3 Winners Announced

    Mar 02, 2016



     ST. LOUIS, Feb. 25, 2016 – The St. Louis Regional Chamber honored the region’s top leaders and companies that are making St. Louis a more attractive place to live, work and invest at its third annual Arcus Awards event on Thursday evening. The Academy Awards-style program, presented by RubinBrown LLP, showcased 64 finalists out of hundreds of nominees in ten categories, with the winner of each category announced live during the event.  The panel of judges recognized companies and organizations of all sizes, with particular recognition for the huge regional progress made on educational attainment and by St. Louis’ thriving startup and innovation sector.  More than 800 executives, elected officials, and civic leaders attended the dinner program at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

    A panel of distinguished business scholars and executives selected ten of the award winners based on categories representing the Chamber’s One Plan for regional prosperity.  The categories honor leadership in industry clusters that are critical to creating jobs today as well as community priorities that will secure an even brighter future.  For the first time, the event also included the Arcus People’s Choice Award, with a winner selected by popular vote of over 40,000 individuals from across the region.

    The Arcus 3 Award winners were Regions Bank, IDEA Labs, Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center, Square, Inc., MedAware Solutions, Inc., America’s Central Port District, Better Together St. Louis, Jennings School District, International Institute of St. Louis, Natalie’s Cakes and More, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center.

    RubinBrown Chairman Jim Castellano, said, “The quality of the Arcus nominees and finalists continues to inspire us. The stories and achievements they represent, especially the advances we have made in our region in the areas of education and innovation, are truly worthy of recognition.  We are very pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this dynamic and exciting event for the third year.”

    In addition to the award categories, the Chamber paid tribute to the amazing turn-around made by the St. Louis Public Schools, led by Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams.  In partnership with Rick Sullivan, Melanie Adams and Richard Gaines of the Special Administrative Board and Valerie Bell, Bob Newmark and Jane Donahue of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, SLPS went from unaccredited status to attaining provisional accreditation in 2012 to qualifying for full accreditation this year. 

    “The St. Louis Public Schools turnaround should inspire us all,” said St. Louis Regional Chamber President & Chief Executive Officer Joe Reagan. “They have set a new course - our nearly 25,000 children who are applying themselves, the teachers in the classrooms who share their knowledge, the principals who set the tone in each school and the parents and family members who sacrifice for our children.  These are the leaders who will take our place on stages like this for generations to come.”

    Latin for “arch”, Arcus symbolizes the Gateway Arch, the unifying symbol of our bi-state region. All of the impressive award finalists, comprised of companies and organizations of all sizes from throughout the bi-state region, were showcased in video segments at tonight’s event.  Winners in each category received a hand-crafted art piece designed by the Third Degree Glass Factory. 

    The Arcus Awards winners by category are:

    Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award, for demonstrating exceptional corporate leadership in the St. Louis Region, was presented to Regions Bank. Regions partnered with the Jennings School district to provide financial education to students, offered facilities to a financial counselor from Operation HOPE to provide no-cost financial counseling to the community, and supported Riverview Gardens High School in implementing the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program to help students stay in school, graduate and succeed in postsecondary education or in the workforce.

    The BMO Harris Bank St. Louis Spirit Award, for advancing St. Louis’ rich history and global reputation as a hub of innovation and forward-looking vision, was presented to IDEA Labs.   The organization is a student-run bioengineering design and entrepreneurship incubator founded in 2013 to identify unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine. Teams of students develop understanding of one or more clinical problems, brainstorm and vet designs, test prototypes and take steps towards commercialization under the guidance of a clinician mentor and technical advisors. IDEA Labs’ success has garnered attention from other top universities, leading to the formation of chapters at Harvard-MIT, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Biosciences, sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP, was presented to Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park at the Danforth Plant Science Center.  First opening in 2009 and now home to 14 companies employing 300 people, BRDG Park provides world-class research facilities access to the intellectual capital of top plant, life-science and clean-tech companies and scientists in addition to co-sponsoring the annual Ag Innovation Showcase to address critical issues and global policies impacting agricultural science.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Financial Services, sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP, was presented to Square, Inc.  Founded by St. Louis natives Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, Square has returned to St. Louis in a big way in its newest location in the Cortex Innovation Community.  The payment processing and technology company will add approximately 250 new jobs and invest over $9 million in St. Louis over the next 5 years. 

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Health, sponsored by Centene Corporation, was presented to MedAware Solutions, Inc. for empowering patient-centric collaboration through technology.  MedAware’s solution turns any smartphone or tablet into a healthcare collaboration tool with capabilities such as asynchronous messaging, live telehealth and automated engagement.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Logistics, sponsored by The Laclede Group, was presented to America’s Central Port District for its work to create more jobs and transportation opportunities for the region.  With annual economic impact of $282 million, America’s Central Port is expanding warehouse space and recently opened a new $50 million South Harbor on the Mississippi River capable of multiple forms of transportation to and from barges.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Public Policy, sponsored by Edward Jones, was presented to Better Together for serving as a catalyst for the removal of governmental, economic and racial barriers to the region’s growth and prosperity by promoting unity, trust, efficiency and accountability.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Educational Attainment, sponsored by Enterprise Holdings Inc., was presented to Jennings School District.  Under Superintendent Tiffany Anderson’s leadership, Jennings has exceeded accreditation standards since 2013 after lacking full accreditation for most of the previous two decades.  Ninety-three percent of the district’s high school students graduate on time, making it a national model for school turnaround.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Inclusion & Talent Attraction, sponsored by STL Communications, Inc., was presented to International Institute of St. Louis for helping to attract more immigrants and retain them to build a stronger economic future for all residents of the region. The Institute has helped start or expand more than 600 immigrant-owned businesses with a total economic impact of $160 million and provided services to more than 7,500 immigrants from 80 countries.

    The Arcus Award for Achievement in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, sponsored by Monsanto Company, was presented to Natalie’s Cakes and More.  Natalie DuBose demonstrated the crucial entrepreneurial skills of determination, resilience and adaptability to changing circumstances after her bakery was damaged during the unrest in Ferguson. Natalie worked to stay in business through a crowdfunding campaign and recently established a partnership with Starbucks to sell her cakes in locations around the St. Louis region.

    The Arcus People’s Choice Award, sponsored by RubinBrown LLP, was awarded to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Eugene B. Redmond Learning Center.  Named in honor of Dr. Redmond, an author, editor, retired English professor and Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, the Center fosters creativity, encourages scholarship, promotes diversity and exposes the region to multicultural poetry and the Black Arts Movement. It has attracted national supporters including Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Toni Morrison and Tavis Smiley.

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is a broad community of leaders united for economic prosperity throughout the entire St. Louis bi-state region. Our aspiration is for St. Louis to be one of the Top 10 U.S. regions in prosperity. Our one purpose is to inspire a greater St. Louis. Together, we will make St. Louis a more attractive place for people to live, work and invest. We will win on todays regional strengths in focused economic clusters. We will champion a better tomorrow through greater educational attainment, economic inclusion, entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit www.stlregionalchamber.com.


    About RubinBrown LLP

    RubinBrown is one of the nations largest accounting and business consulting firms, with more than 400 team members working from offices in St. Louis, Denver and Kansas City. Founded in 1952, the firms reputable, award-winning team members establish best practices within specific industry segments and work to serve the community both inside and outside the workplace. Our mission is to help clients build and protect value, while at all times honoring the responsibility to serve the public interest. RubinBrown is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a high-quality, dedicated network of 156 independent firms in 131 countries. For more information, visit www.rubinbrown.com.

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