• St. Louis Press Pass

    Dec 11, 2015
    Ferguson Commission Co-Chairs Presented With 2015 St. Louis Award
    (KTRS, 12/11/15)

    The co-chairs of the Ferguson Commission are being recognized. During a ceremony Thursday night at the Forest Park Visitor Center, Rich McClure and Reverend Starsky Wilson were presented with the prestigious 2015 St. Louis Award for their leadership roles with the Ferguson Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    David Kemper, Commerce Bank, with the 2015 St. Louis Awards Recipients Richard McClure and Rev.
    Starsky Wilson.

    Positive change through Ferguson: We all have a role to play
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/10/15)
    The Ferguson Commission presented its Forward Through Ferguson report to Gov. Jay Nixon in September and met for the last time this week. The work of the commission is done. Ours as a region is just beginning. We now are challenged to consider how, as individuals and organizations, we can be part of moving St. Louis forward.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NAACP president delivers a message of hope and change in St. Louis
    (Fox2Now, 12/6/15)
    Saturday the NAACP national president made a stop in St. Louis for a big celebration. He also wanted to talk about the aftermath in Ferguson. It was a special service and Sunday at the Washington Metropolitan AME Zion in St. Louis. NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks stopped by to help celebrate the church's 150th anniversary, and recognize its contribution to the fight for civil rights throughout the years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HSSU, KCU partner on degree program
    (The St. Louis American, 12/9/15)

    Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) recently announced a new program partnership with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), which is the largest medical school in Missouri and one of the oldest osteopathic medical schools in the country. The new pathway of opportunity creates a dual undergraduate and graduate degree and offers HSSU students guaranteed acceptance into medical school pending completion of a specialized four-year program and fulfillment of admission requirements.   >> CLICK FOR MORE

    HSSU photo
    Dr. Marc Hahn and Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack
    Dr. Marc Hahn, president and chief executive officer of KCU shaking hands with Dr. Dwaun J. 
    Warmack, president, Harris-Stowe State University.

    St. Louis committee OKs football stadium financing
    (USA Today, 12/10/15)
    The effort to keep the NFL in St. Louis cleared a major hurdle Thursday, when a committee of city aldermen approved a financing plan for a new $1 billion stadium. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Promise Zone funding will be channeled through local government, Erica Henderson will direct initiative
    (The St. Louis American, 12/4/15)
    U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay hosted a summit on federal funding opportunities opened up by the St. Louis Promise Zone designation on Friday, December 4 at Harris-Stowe State University. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sports accelerator Stadia Ventures holds first demo day
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/10/15)

    They weren’t fastballs, but there was a lot of pitching at Busch Stadium on Thursday. The founders of four sports startups threw their best stuff at investors gathered inside the ballpark. It was Stadia Ventures first demo day. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    FISHIDY founder Brian Jensen pitches to investors at Busch Stadium on Thursday. The 
    map-based fishing social network was one of four startups that took part in the Stadia 
    Ventures accelerator.
    Credit (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

    Nicklaus: Sports startups find warm welcome in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/11/15)
    Joe Shuchat founded his company in Toronto and participated in a business incubator in Orlando, Fla., but he says two dozen days in St. Louis have been his most productive time as an entrepreneur. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maryville University to invest in Stadia Ventures, launch sports entrepreneurship program
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/10/15)
    Maryville University officials said Thursday they plan to invest an undisclosed sum into Stadia Ventures, the St. Louis-based sports business accelerator, and use that relationship to help spur a new academic concentration in sports entrepreneurship at the university beginning next year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Right Way To Build A Tech City
    (Forbes, 12/8/15)

    Startups should know what differentiates their product from others. Building around an unique strength, a facet that’s difficult to emulate, offers small companies a chance to gain critical mass. New companies should focus on a strength and own one particular piece of their market. Startups that fail to do this can quickly become commodities. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    St. Louis’ Biogenerator Labs and accelerator. Courtesy: Biogenerator.

    SixThirty cybersecurity startup raises $1.2 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/15)
    Rippleshot, a financial technology startup that is a SixThirty portfolio company, has raised another $1.2 million that includes its initial investments from SixThirty. The round was led by KGC Capital, a Chicago-based venture capital firm specializing in early-stage investments. UMB Bank and Wintrust were also included in the round. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saving Grace Beauty wins first round of InnovateHER contest
    (Illinois Business Journal, 12/15)
    Metro East resident and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville graduate Erica Harriss has captured first prize in the local InnovateHER Business Challenge and hopes to vie for a spot in the national competition in early 2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Big raises, new funds highlight year for venture capital in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/15)
    A handful of startup companies raised serious capital from venture capital firms this year, but 2015 might better be remembered for laying the groundwork for strong investment activity for years to come.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Express Scripts plans $25 million investment in venture fund
    (KTRS, 12/8/15)
    Express Scripts unveiled a plan they think can help tiny startups develop the next big idea in health care. The Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis-based company will set aside $25 million as part of a multiyear deal with a local venture capital firm. This is unique for the company, the paper says they have never invested more than a $1 million in a venture fund before this. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nitrogenics raises seed capital from BioGenerator, Missouri Technology Corp.
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/15)
    Nitrogenics, a St. Louis biotech startup incorporating enzymes into the genome of tobacco, has raised $175,000 from the BioGenerator and Missouri Technology Corporation. Nitrogenics, led by Alexander Krichevsky, allows tobacco plants to absorb nitrogen directly from the atmosphere instead of from fertilized soil, which could decrease the cost and environmental impact of chemically fertilized farmland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Two St. Louis companies make list of top 50 places to work
    (Fox2Now, 12/9/15)
    No employer is perfect. But some companies come much closer than others, at least in the eyes of the staff. Using anonymous feedback provided by those who completed reviews of their employers, jobs site Glassdoor compiled a list of the top 50 best places to work. Two St. Louis companies made the list. Nestle-Purina comes in at #9 and World Wide Technologies ranks #12. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Study finds Main Street businesses relatively healthy in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/10/15)
    Amid all the attention that St. Louis pays to software and biotechnology entrepreneurs, it's easy to forget that folks also take risks in opening a new store, restaurant or dry cleaners. St. Louis produces quite a few of those Main Street entrepreneurs, according to a new study by the Kauffman Foundation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IBEW/NECA Upgrading St. Louis County Library Branches
    (Construction Forum STL, 12/8/15)
    A visit to the newly renovated Jamestown Bluffs Library branch that opened on Nov. 12, 2015 reveals some of IBEW/NECA’s best work. Brightly lit, state-of-the-art technology — even a quiet room for group discussions — all make the library an anchor of the community it serves. It is just one of 19 library branches being upgraded by the St. Louis County Library District. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Along for the Ride: Transit's role in increasing social and racial equity
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/5/15)
    Nearly a quarter of black households in the St. Louis region lack access to a car, which 95 percent of white households have. The disparity is especially glaring in light of the region’s reliance on driving — the average St. Louisan is behind the wheel 25.4 miles per day, according to a recent long-range regional transportation report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lindenwood receives $2 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/7/15)
    Lindenwood University has received a $2 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation — the largest such gift in the university's history. The funds will support the John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise in Lindenwood's Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Express Scripts commits $2.5 million to UMSL
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 12/10/15)
    The pharmacy benefit management company Express Scripts has committed $2.5 million toward scholarships and programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with much of the money aiding needy students from north St. Louis County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    WWT Sponsors STEM Student Forum for St. Louis-area High Schools
    (Business Wire, 12/10/15)
    World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market leading technology integrator, today announced that it has launched an initiative to raise awareness and foster interest by high school students in the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (collectively known as STEM subjects). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Agriculture Exhibit Planned for St. Louis Science Center
    (Associated Press, 12/7/15)
    A new $7.3 million permanent exhibit meant to teach how food is produced is coming next summer to the St. Louis Science Center, featuring a flock of chickens and a do-it-yourself farming area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Dec 07, 2015
    America’s Central Port and St. Louis’ freight district: Economic boons you didn’t realize were there
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/2/15)

    The forecast for 2016 in Madison County and the St. Louis region’s newly-created freight district includes 9,600 feet of rail track, 1 million cubic yards of dirt and 8,000 cubic yards of concrete — and the sound of barge horns. The South Harbor at America’s Central Port was recently christened and is set to open in 2016 — with an expected increase in commodities flow by 25 percent. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    On Oct. 5, 2015, America's Central Port's Board of Commissioners and staff members, as well as politicians and 
    business leaders dedicated the South Harbor project.

    Urban League's Save our Sons program boasts high job placement rate
    (The St. Louis American, 11/30/15)

    For two years, Tyrell Stalling sent off job applications to no avail. Sometimes, he was homeless. “At one point I took all the resumes I did and just threw them away. Because I was like, there’s no help. This world is just unfair,” Stalling said. Stalling is one of 114 men who this year have completed a new job training effort by the Urban League. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Save Our Sons program
    Workforce development specialist Darryl Jones teaches a class for the Save Our Sons program in north St. Louis County.

    St. Louis single-family home market has a solid year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/29/15)
    “Solid — not spectacular, but solid — is Jim Dohr’s description of the St. Louis area’s single-family home market this year. Sales and prices continue to grow, though inventory still remains tight.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Will Be the Nation's Second Hottest Real Estate Market in 2016
    (Riverfront Times, 12/2/15)

    Brooklyn? It's a joke. San Francisco? So last year. The hottest real estate markets in 2016 are going to be Providence, St. Louis, and San Diego — in that order. That's according to Realtor.com, which places the St. Louis metro area at No. 2, ahead of not just San Diego but top-10 markets Sacramento, Atlanta, New Orleans and Charlotte. It shows St. Louis real estate inventory moving faster than the U.S. overall, online listings getting more views than other markets, and demand increasing as the local economy continues to improve.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Dustin Phillips
    Realtor.com predicts the median home price in St. Louis rising 10 percent in 2016.

    St. Louis Fed reports mildly improved economic conditions
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/3/15)
    The latest economic report on the Federal Reserve district that includes St. Louis was modestly upbeat. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New cyberspace operations activated at Scott Air Force Base
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/1/15)
    Cyber security has become a major initiative of the Pentagon. As part of that initiative, Scott Air Force Base has a new cyberspace operations group that will eventually include 300 new jobs. The 688th Cyberspace Wing activated the group on Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    VCs pump more into payments companies, including Square and Clearent
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/2/15)
    Venture capital deals into payments companies have nearly quadrupled since 2010, according to data published by CB Insights, and St. Louis is among a handful of cities benefiting from the trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG gets started on filling tech jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/3/15)
    Over the next half-decade, roughly 10,000 technology-related jobs are expected in the St. Louis market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Domain Tech Report on Nine Network/PBS: Lockerdome, VenCafe, Listo
    (Techli, 12/1/15)
    The Domain Tech Report is Techli’s TV show that airs on The Nine Network/PBS Wednesday nights at 10:30pm CST and streams online. This episode features a panel about St. Louis startup success story Lockerdome, networking success Venture Cafe and an exciting new way to watch movies, Listo. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Catapult Competition: TinySuperheroes’ Rosenberger surprised by St. Louis’ startup support
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/30/15)
    Robyn Rosenberger, founder and owner of TinySuperheroes, which provides superhero capes for children dealing with disabilities and illness, was skeptical of moving her family and business to St. Louis from Seattle in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto pledges to be carbon neutral by 2021
    (KQFX, 12/1/15)
    Monsanto Co. plans to make its operations carbon neutral by 2021. A key component of Monsanto's plan calls for working with the thousands of farmers who use its seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The company is developing an incentives program to encourage environmentally-friendly production methods. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County Approves $3M for Loop Trolley
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/30/15)
    The St. Louis County Council granted preliminary approval to a $3 million expenditure for the Loop Trolley project Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clayco Plans 13-Story, 200-Apt Building in The East Loop
    (NextSTL, 11/30/15)
    The long-vacant large lot between Big Shark Bicycles and Gokul Indian Restaurant at 6103-6131 Delmar Boulevard could be developed as a 13-story, 200-unit apartment building within two years. . >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KWAME Receives ENR Midwest Award
    (Construction Forum STL, 12/1/15)
    The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport “Airport Experience” Renovation Program has won the “ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year Award: Airports/Transit.” Joshua Randall, president of St. Louis-based project management firm Kwame Building Group, Inc., and Jerry Beckmann, Airport Deputy Director, Planning & Development of Lambert Airport, accepted the award at a ceremony in Chicago on November 19. The project also was profiled in the November 16 edition of ENR Midwest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $10 million push to extend Grant’s Trail advances
    (KTRS, 12/3/15)
    A long-awaited extension of Grant’s Trail near St. Louis is moving ahead, with the promise of what will become a continuous 17-mile route for bicyclists, walkers and runners. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Eight years in the making: Metro East levee reconstruction to be completed next summer, officials say
    (The Telegraph, 11/23/15)
    A $72 million levee reconstruction project eight years in the making is nearing completion, and area officials gathered Monday to tour a construction site where the Wood River Creek meets the Mississippi River. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise zone gets state approval
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 11/23/15)
    An enterprise zone that hopes to attract jobs and investors to Glen Carbon, Maryville and four other area municipalities has finally been approved by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Oates Associates engineering marks 35th year with expansion
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
    Oates Associates, a civil and structural engineering and architectural services firm based in Collinsville, is marking its 35th year in business with a St. Louis office expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cleveland chemicals company to move HQ to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/23/15)
    Cleveland-based chemicals firm Vectra, formerly known as OM Group, announced Monday it would be moving its headquarters to St. Louis. Vectra is a specialty chemicals company that includes three businesses — Vacuumschmelze, EaglePicher Technologies and Borchers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New park opened at St. Louis Arch grounds
    (Fox2Now, 11/27/15)
    The $380-million Gateway Arch grounds overhaul in St. Louis has opened its first renovated park.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    IMPACT Strategies lands contract to build Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
    IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a contract to construct the uniquely branded building that will contain Hofbräuhaus St. Louis-Belleville, located at 123 St. Eugene Drive in Belleville, Illinois, directly across from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Business leaders saluted by St. Louis American Foundation
    (St. Louis American, 11/24/15)
    The awardees at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2015 Salute to Excellence in Business remembered the sacrifices of their forebears, vowed to strengthen the St. Louis region, wowed the capacity crowd with a magic act – and celebrated a good excuse to buy new shoes for the luncheon, held at Four Seasons St. Louis on Friday, November 20. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    JAG Program Expands To Riverview Gardens High School
    (KTRS, 11/30/15)
    Students at Riverview Gardens High School will have the opportunity to participate in the Jobs For America’s Graduates program, also known as JAG. This is thanks to additional public and private funding. Governor Jay Nixon made that announcement on Monday after meeting with students at Riverview Gardens High School.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University students working to develop Boeing patents
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/3/15
    More than 100 Washington University students and faculty members are getting hands-on experience thanks to a partnership between the university’s Skandalaris Center and Boeing’s Phantom Works Ventures. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bristow receives Chamber Executive of the Year Award
    (Illinois Business Journal, 12/15)
    Monica Bristow, president of the RiverBend Growth Association, was recognized by her peers at the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards Dinner held during their 100th annual Fall Conference Thursday, Nov. 5. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Businesses of Ferguson rebuild and move forward
    (KMOV, 11/27/15)
    Last year, 2014, business owners in Ferguson were dealing with unrest and protests in the wake of grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting. >> CLICK FOR MORE