• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jan 15, 2016
    Plans to develop north riverfront move forward without stadium
    (KSDK, 1/14/16)
    No Rams? No problem. That's what city leaders say about a plan already underway to redevelop the north riverfront in downtown St. Louis - a plan some think could be better without a new stadium. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Anheuser-Busch InBev Bonds Are a Hit
    (The Wall Street Journal, 1/13/16)
    Investors snapped up $46 billion in bonds from Anheuser-Busch InBev NV on Wednesday, the second-largest corporate-bond sale on record and a sign that demand for high-quality corporate debt remains strong. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Shock Top to share spotlight in A-B's return to Super Bowl
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/15/16)
    Budweiser and Bud Light ads are once again part of the lineup in the upcoming Super Bowl, but the top brands will share the limelight with others in the Anheuser-Busch portfolio: Shock Top and Michelob Ultra. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    AT&T to hire 215 in Missouri 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/14/16)
    AT&T is seeking to hire 215 employees in Missouri for positions that are primarily technicians and retail support jobs. The job openings follow AT&T's investment of more than $1.8 billion in wireless and wireline networks in Missouri from 2012 through 2014, as well as the launch of new home security and automation products and the GigaPower ultra-fast Internet service. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ newest billion-dollar company names new CFO
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/11/16)
    Vectra, the chemicals firm formerly known as OM Group Inc. that announced in November it would move its corporate headquarters to St. Louis, has hired a former SunEdison executive as its new CFO.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Allegiant to begin flights to Destin-Fort Walton Beach out of MidAmerica Airport
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 1/12/16)
    Allegiant Airlines announced Tuesday it will begin offering twice-weekly flights from MidAmerica Airport to Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Suggs Scholar making most of opportunity
    (St. Louis American Newspaper, 1/14/16)
    As a student at McCluer High School, MU sophomore Olivia Rivers was an accomplished athlete and leader. She was elected president of the National Honor Society, served as vice president of Future Business Leaders of America and played both tennis and golf. Rivers also attended the Missouri Scholars Academy and participated in the Missouri Girls State program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Former Trump executive Hausler named CEO at Isle of Capri
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/14/16)
    Isle of Capri Casinos president and CEO Virginia McDowell will retire in April and chief financial officer Eric Hausler will succeed her as the casino operator's top executive.   >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danforth Center wins USDA grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/13/16)
    The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to identify genetic variants impacting photosynthesis and nitrogen uptake. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital launching $75 million fintech fund
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/11/16)
    St. Louis-based venture capital firm Cultivation Capital has created a new fund geared solely for financial services technology startups and plans to raise at least $25 million for the fund by mid-2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing and engineers union reach surprise contract agreement 
    (Puget Sound Business Journal, 1/14/16)
    Boeing and its engineers’ union have agreed to a tentative six-year contract extension months before the current contract expires. The sudden engineers' agreement is a surprise because the current contract doesn't end until October. The union and company were expected to start negotiating in the weeks leading up to that deadline. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Urban Chestnut set to expand
    (KTVI, 1/12/16)
    As Urban Chestnut gets ready to celebrate their fifth birthday in The Grove, they`ll soon be taking over the former home of Joyia Tapas restaurant.  The new location features 3,500 square feet of space at the corner of Taylor and Manchester. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Webster University unveils new space in Arcade Building
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/12/16)
    Webster University hosted a reception at its new Gateway Campus in the historic Arcade Building on Monday evening. It was the first day the space was fully occupied, with both undergraduate and graduate classes underway. Webster occupies 54,000 square feet of the building on the first and second floors, as well as the mezzanine level, of the Arcade Building. It has a 20-year lease. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Jan 08, 2016
    Ranking America’s Top Sports Cities in 2015--New York OK, Philadelphia Terrible 
     (The Wall Street Journal 1/01/16)
    New York was a winner in 2015—which is a statement of fact and not a quote from Donald Trump. The city’s nine sports franchises in the four major professional leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major League Baseball) posted a combined winning percentage of .524 in the calendar year of 2015, according to Stats LLC. That’s pretty good, though not nearly as good as St. Louis, which earned the top spot in our table with a .622 average winning percentage last year.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis to Kroenke: You're 'preposterous'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/7/16)
    Football fans and area officials alike blasted St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke on Wednesday, calling his scathing National Football League relocation proposal a “pot shot” at the region, and some of his facts “preposterous.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    52 Places to Go in 2016 
    (The New York Times, 1/7/16)
    On a national stage, the St. Louis area has struggled with race relations recently — and, more recently, flooding has hit the region hard — but more positive circumstances for celebrating the city’s rich African-American heritage will surface this year. The National Blues Museum, opening in April, will focus not only on the music’s cultural history but also its place as the foundation of American music — especially as a genre that transcended boundaries of race and background. Nearby, visitors will also have easier access to the city’s landmark arch, as the CityArchRiver project progresses, creating rejuvenated parks, promenades and new underground plazas. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lacgene Technologies Establishes U.S. Headquarters In St. Louis
    (Area Development Magazine)
    Lacgene Technologies is establishing its U.S. headquarters at the Helix Center Biotech Incubator in St. Louis. The U.S. business will operate under the name Blue Orb Solutions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto has invested millions in these 11 startups  
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/6/16)
    Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), the venture capital arm of Creve Coeur-based agricultural giant Monsanto Co., revealed its investment portfolio for the first time Wednesday. Some of the companies in the portfolio have already been reported on while others are new.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    iSelect Fund invests in 10 startups for 2015 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/1/16)
    The iSelect Fund, the Clayton-based investment tool that closely resembles the structure of a mutual fund, invested roughly $6 million in 10 companies in 2015.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Iowa-based engineering firm opens St. Louis office 
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/8/16)
    A civil and structural engineering firm based in Iowa is expanding in Missouri by opening an office in downtown St. Louis.  McClure Engineering Co.'s new office is at 500 North Broadway, where the firm began leasing space last month. The 22-story office building has gained several large tenants in recent years.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blood & Sand owners trade for software 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/1/16)
    Adam Frager and TJ Vytlacil, the team behind Blood & Sand, are selling the downtown St. Louis membership bar and restaurant to focus on their soon-to-be launched software company that has developed a new point-of-sale system designed specifically for restaurants.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis startup connecting brands to Internet stars 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/05/16)
    There’s a reason Nike’s best-selling shoe has the name Jordan on it, and the Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine was renamed the George Foreman Grill. Celebrity names garner incredible purchasing power. The problem for most businesses is that these influential “brandividuals” are extremely cost prohibitive. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Genetic testing startup raises $9 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/07/16)
    PierianDx, a St. Louis-based biotech startup, has raised $9.25 million from a group of investors led by New York-based Health Catalyst Capital Management.  PierianDx markets a genetic testing tool that could speed patient diagnosis and treatments based on an individual’s DNA. It’s software platform allows clinical labs to deliver personalized medicine by using insights and data for somatic cancer and other constitutional disorders. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TerraSource targets overseas expansion plan 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/01/16)
    TerraSource Global is a little-known St. Louis company that sells industrial equipment and aftermarket parts to thousands of customers in the power, mining and forest industries. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IKEA Leads Retail Development in St. Louis  
    (REbusiness Online, 1/07/16)
    Without question 2015 was a “great year” for the St. Louis retail market, says Adam Glosier, senior vice president with Colliers International. “New users entered the market and few vacated. The St. Louis retail landscape benefitted from the continued expansion of organic grocers, sporting goods operators, quick service restaurants and soft goods retailers.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chameleon opens D.C. office to support $70 million in federal work
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/8/16)
    Chameleon Integrated Services, a St. Louis-based IT services firm, has opened a Washington, D.C., office to help support more than $60 million worth of work the company has won over the last several months with the Defense Information Systems Agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Free entrepreneurship program for Ferguson residents
    (St. Louis American, 1/6/16)
    Ferguson residents can still sign up for a free course to develop and sharpen their “entrepreneurial mindsets,” held at Lindenwood University’s North County Center in Ferguson. The course starts on January 25. >> CLICK FOR MORE