• St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 08, 2016
    St. Louis unemployment reaches 14-year low
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/3/16)
    Metro St. Louis' unemployment rate fell last month to 4.7 percent, its lowest level in more than 14 years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Economic Development Partnership names new chair
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/5/2016)
    Karlos Ramirez has been named the new chairperson of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership's board of directors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What businesses want from Jeff City
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/1/16)
    With the Missouri General Assemby back in session, business owners in St. Louis and across the state are keeping an eye on more than a half dozen legislative initiatives that could affect them. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stifel to buy London investment bank
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/1/2016)
    Stifel Financial Corp. said Monday that it has agreed to buy ISM Capital LLP, a London-based independent investment bank.

    St. Louis-based Stifel made the agreement through its wholly-owned European broker-dealer, Stifel Nicolaus Europe Ltd. Terms of the deal, expected to close in April subject to regulatory approvals, weren't disclosed.
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    Charter Communications launches data centers
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/2/16)
    Charter Communications has completed two national data centers to support a new downloadable security system for set-top cable boxes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startups that go through accelerators are getting more investments
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/1/16)
    About a third of U.S. startups that have raised a Series A financing round — anywhere from $3 million to $10 million — have gone through an accelerator program of some sort. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark Ventures closes first fund at $104 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/5/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Tom Hillman, has closed its first fund at $104 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hillman merges St. Louis edtech companies
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/5/2016)
    Two educational technology companies in St. Louis — Teachers-Teachers and myEDmatch — have merged under the guidance of St. Louis investor Tom Hillman. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Video game developer creates video game to help in his fight against cancer
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/4/2016)
    Sam Coster had an unusual inspiration for his hit computer game – his fight against cancer.

    “The game is designed specifically to deliver a feeling of awe and wonder and immersion so it’s literally designed to be the place that I wanted and needed to go during cancer treatment,” said Sam.
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    Mallinckrodt completes purchase of three drugs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/1/16)
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has closed on its planned acquisition of three hemostasis drugs from Parsippany, New Jersey-based The Medicines Co. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cofactor Genomics acquires San Francisco company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/4/2016)
    Cofactor Genomics, a biotech company operating out of the Cortex innovation district, has made its first acquisition since being founded in St. Louis in 2008. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University research teams focus on Zika virus
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/5/16)
    Two teams of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine focused on emerging infectious diseases now are concentrating on the Zika virus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene Corp. acquires Clayton properties, quietly
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/5/2016)
    ​Centene Corp. has been on a buying spree in Clayton, gaining control of properties near its 20-story headquarters, at Forsyth Boulevard and South Hanley Road. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Home Depot seeks to hire 975 St. Louis area workers for busy spring
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/5/2016)
    The nation's largest home improvement chain announced earlier this week it's hiring more than 80,000 workers nationwide for its busy spring season, the same level as in recent years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Madison Harbor loads its first barge at port district
    (Illinois Business Journal, 2/5/16)
    A project long in the making took a significant step Wednesday with the loading of the first barge at the Madison Harbor, formerly known as the South Harbor, at America's Central Port. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MLS to explore site for St. Louis stadium
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/5/2016)
    Major League Soccer plans to begin looking immediately for a site in St. Louis for a stadium, with the league's commissioner saying a team could be in place in the city by 2020. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine A Better St. Louis: Express Scripts committed to corporate multiculturalism
    (KMOV, 2/5/2016)
    Express Scripts is one of the most valuable companies in the country and also happens to call St. Louis home. It places a high value on having a diversified workforce, which is well-represented by women minorities and young people. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis Zoo Tackles One Health Initiative and Demonstrates the Benefits of Zoos to Human Health
    (Huffington Post, 2/1/16)
    Through a collaborative study, the Saint Louis Zoo and the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine recently showed the human health benefits to visitors at an interactive zoo exhibit through an innovative zoo-based research project. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis: New Downtown Development Makes the City Worth Considering
    (Successful Meetings, 2/1/16)
    Unique attractions, restaurants, shops, and adventures are drawing meeting groups to Missouri, and the city of St Louis in particular. Take, for one prominent example, the redevelopment of the downtown central business district, aimed in part at helping enhance citywide meetings and events. More broadly, some $5 billion worth of investments across the region are making the area that much more attractive for visiting groups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Jan 29, 2016
    St. Louis has best year for job growth since 2006
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/26/16)
    The St. Louis metro area added 5,000 jobs in December, capping its best year for job growth since 2006. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis among best STEM markets
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    St. Louis is among the 20 best metropolitan areas in the United States for STEM professionals — those in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    These 10 cities have the fastest-growing startup scenes — and neither New York nor Silicon Valley made the cut
    (Business Insider, 1/25/16)
    Here are the fastest-growing startup scenes in the US right now. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene to raise $2.27 billion for Health Net acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/26/16)
    Centene, the Clayton-based managed health care company, said Tuesday it would be offering $2.27 billion in senior notes due 2021 and 2024 to help finance a proposed $6.8 billion acquisition of Los Angeles-based managed care provider Health Net. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square starts move into new Cortex office space
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/25/16)
    Square Inc. has started the transition from its temporary office space in the CIC@CET building to its newly developed space in @4240, where it plans to hire 200 workers for its St. Louis operations over the next five years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Great Place to Work® and Fortune Name World Wide Technology One of the 2016 Best Workplaces in Technology
    (Visual Strategy Magazine, 1/26/16)
    World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market leading technology integrator, announced today that it has been named one of the 2016 10 Best Large Workplaces in Technology, according to the global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edward Jones receives J.D. Power President’s Awards
    (Orange County Breeze, 1/25/16)
    Financial-services firm Edward Jones was awarded the prestigious J.D. Power President’s Award recognizing its commitment to excellence in customer satisfaction, according to Sean Payne, CFP®. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Korte to build warehouse at America's Central Port
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/16)
    Korte Co. of St. Louis will build a 100,000-square-foot warehouse at America’s Central Port, which is on the Mississippi River in Madison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Early stage investing hits record high
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/22/16)
    More money than ever — $116.9 million — was invested by venture capitalists into early stage companies in Missouri last year, according to recent data provided by PwC and the National Venture Capital Association. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County hires architect for Creve Coeur 'innovation hub'
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/29/16)
    A Baltimore-based architecture firm has been hired to help develop a master plan for a 600-acre "innovation hub" in Creve Coeur. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioGenerator investment lures North Carolina biotech startup to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/25/16)
    Edison Agrosciences, a biotech company originally from Durham, North Carolina, announced Monday it plans to relocate its headquarters to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pulse raises $10 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    Pulse Therapeutics, a St. Louis-based medical device startup, has raised approximately $10 million from a group of investors led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm NanoDimension. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University spinout focused on treating cancer raises seed capital
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/28/16)
    Accuronix Therapeutics, a biotech company based on technology developed at Washington University, has raised $625,000 from a group of investors including the BioGenerator and Missouri Technology Corp. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Global Manufacturer Establishes North American Headquarters in St. Louis
    (InnoVox STL, 1/25/16)
    GWR Safety Systems has a message for manufacturers: You don’t have to manufacture abroad to be competitive. Ted and Claudia Gast bought GWR, a Barcelona-based designer and manufacturer of seat belts, with the aim of establishing St. Louis as the company’s North American headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene, Washington U partner on health research center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/29/16)
    Managed care provider Centene Corp. has partnered with Washington University and Duke University to launch a new center aimed at translating research into more effective health-related behaviors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE spring enrollment hits all-time high
    (Illinois Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,346 students is the largest spring enrollment in the university’s history, officials said today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University bucks trend as law school applications rise
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    Top-ranking law schools across the U.S. are seeing a drop in the number of potential students applying, but Washington University is bucking the trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better St. Louis: Ameren introduces program to bridge racial divide in St. Louis region
    (KMOV, 1/21/16)
    One of St. Louis’ biggest corporations is doing its part to provide resources that will help bring the region together. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    STL National Blues Museum nearing completion
    (KSDK, 1/26/16)
    After a year of construction, the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis is nearing completion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County in early talks about upgrades for convention center and Scottrade Center
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/26/16)
    With the St. Louis Rams splitting for California, some policymakers want to spruce up the Scottrade Center and the city’s convention center. And St. Louis County could play a role in chipping in for expensive renovations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CityArchRiver Foundation hits capital campaign goal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/26/16)
    CityArchRiver Foundation, the nonprofit organization assisting with coordination and fundraising for the in-progress $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds, has completed its $250 million capital campaign, officials said Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE