• 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
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 20, 2015
    Regional Chamber joins with Minority Business Council
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/20/15)
    The St. Louis Minority Business Council is merging with the St. Louis Regional Chamber, which will provide services for the smaller organization, the groups announced Friday. The council, which promotes the growth of minority-owned businesses, will still maintain a separate identity. It also gets a new board, which will include two top Regional Chamber officials. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chamber study says stadium good for STL economy
    (KSDK, 11/16/15)
    Another twist in the showdown over a new NFL stadium in St. Louis. The St. Louis Regional Chamber is out with a study that says the stadium would be an economic boost to the city and would generate more than 7,000 jobs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chamber study calls new stadium 'critical,' adds 7,500 jobs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
    Events held at a new riverfront football stadium would have a $200 million annual impact on the region and a $177 million yearly impact on the state, according to a study commissioned by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and released Friday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square’s gone public. Now the hard part begins.
    (The Washington Post, 11/19/15)
    Square has officially gone public, and now the payments-processing company needs to put its money where its mouth is. With its market debut, chief executive Jack Dorsey had a lot to celebrate Thursday. His mother Marcia rang the bell for the market’s open — even though the IPO happens to fall on his 39th birthday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jack Dorsey (left), co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and of mobile payments company Square, waits for Square
    stock to open on it first day of public trading on the New York Stock Exchange, Nov. 19, 2015. (Andrew Gombert/EPA)

    These 16 companies were winners at Startup Connection
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/19/15)
    More than 1,000 people attended Wednesday’s Startup Connection at Washington University. The event showcases some of the best and up-and-coming startup companies St. Louis has to offer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Five companies win Accelerate St. Louis prize
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/18/15)
    The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership on Wednesday named the five young companies that will share $120,000 in prizes in this year's Accelerate St. Louis Challenge.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Grants bringing start-up businesses to St. Louis area
    (KTVI, 11/16/15)
    A rainy day for most, but a bright future for these entrepreneurs. 'Scopio is Getty images in real time,' says Christina Hawatmeh, Founder & CEO Scopio. 'We're the first solution to find and license images from social media in under ten minutes.' >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The winners at Startup Weekend
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/16/15)
    A company that hopes to sell ready-made, vacuum-sealed meals in local grocery stores was named the winner of Startup Weekend, the annual event that builds startup companies over a 54-hour period. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis software company Gainsight raises $50 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/12/15)
    Gainsight, a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that provides a system for customer intelligence analysis, has raised $50 million from a group of investors led by private equity and venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area got a raise last year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/19/15)
    The St. Louis area got a raise last year, the government reported Thursday. Per capita personal income rose 3.3 percent to $47,391 in 2014, according to figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That puts the area slightly ahead of the national per-person average of $46,049, up 3.6 percent last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regional Business Council distributes $100,000 in grants
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/17/15)
    The St. Louis Regional Business Council announced it would distribute $100,000 in grants to 24 organizations for 2015 from the It’s Our Region Fund. The It’s Our Region Fund supports capital improvement projects at nonprofits and community agencies by making one-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    United Way makes history
    (The St. Louis American, 11/19/15)
    United Way of Greater St. Louis announced on November 12 that people in the St. Louis region rallied to raise the most ever in the agency’s history – $74,352,108 – to help local residents through its community campaign.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New effort urges St. Louis business community to champion investment in early childhood
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/16/15)
    More than half of the region’s child care centers are subpar, and the ones that are high quality are often too expensive for parents who need them the most. On Tuesday, PNC Bank will begin a campaign with the St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council to draw awareness to the state of child care in St. Louis. Michael Scully, St. Louis regional president of PNC, hopes business leaders will take a greater interest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Teacher Janet Koch holds Jaelle Ball, 9-months-old, in the infant room of SouthSide Early Childhood Center, on
    Friday, May 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Koch is one of two teachers in the room of the state-licensed and accredited center.
    Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

    Report: St. Louis banks improving outreach to underserved communities 
     (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/17/15)
    St. Louis area banks are becoming more accessible to low-income and minority neighborhoods. That’s according to a new report released by the St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto Could Take Lead Role in Agchem Acquisitions: Executives
    (Reuters, 11/17/15)
    Monsanto Co. executives are discussing whether they should acquire rivals, including top pesticide maker Syngenta AG, company executives said on Tuesday, as talk of consolidation continues in the global agrochemical industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arnold Defense wins $19 million rocket launcher contract
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/17/15)
    Arnold Defense has been awarded a $19 million contract to supply several hundred rocket launchers and other equipment to the U.S. Navy. Arnold Defense manufactures rocket launchers for the military and has just under 50 employees at its Arnold, Missouri, headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jet Aviation Basel, St. Louis, Perform Avionics Firsts
    (AIN online, 11/17/15)
    Jet Aviation Basel has signed an agreement to perform the first installation of a Ka-band satcom system on a Boeing 747-400, using Honeywell’s JetWave fuselage-mounted MCS-8200 antenna. The completions and aircraft engineering specialist will develop a Ka-Band supplemental type certificate (STC) for the 747-400 installation. Jet Aviation is located at NBAA Booth N5131. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wind Power Project Approval
    (WBGZ Radio 11/14/2015)
    All aboard the Grain Belt Express? The Illinois Commerce Commission Thursday approved a "certificate of convenience and necessity," which the company overseeing the overhead wind power transmission proposal says is the final regulatory approval in Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chameleon wins $9.5 million defense contract at Scott Air Force Base
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/18/15)
    Chameleon Integrated Services, a St. Louis-based IT services firm that in October won a $54 million bid to do work for the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), has added another IT consulting services contract worth $9.5 million to the mix. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Clair County offers 200 more acres by proposed Scott AFB site, legislators support plan
    (The Alton Telegraph, 11/16/15)
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., joined with St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern Monday to announce that the county is prepared to offer an additional 200 acres to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency for future expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rallying businesses to develop the Metro East
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/20/15)
    The Metro East has more than 500,000 people, heavy industry, a river port, rail and highway connections that make it a hub for making and shipping things. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE pharmacy school, Senior Services Plus join on hospital-to-home grant 
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy and Senior Services Plus have jointly received a grant for a two-year project that is in search of improving the safety and effectiveness of medication use during care transitions from hospital to home for older adults treated for venous thromboembolism. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City of St. Louis savings program helping ease college expense burden
    (KMOV, 11/18/15)
    A new program in the City of St. Louis is aiming to ease a little bit of the college expense burden for families. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    EDITORIAL: Renovated Gateway Arch will benefit St. Louis, Missouri
    (The Kansas City Star, 11/17/15)
    With recent renovations, the 630-foot Gateway Arch dominating the St. Louis skyline will look the same, and the trams that take visitors to the top will run just as they always have. But nearly everything else about the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will change. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues commit $2 million to youth hockey
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/19/15)
    The St. Louis Blues on Thursday announced a new campaign to grow youth hockey by committing $2 million to various local programs by the year 2020. The goal is to grow the number of kids playing hockey by 70 percent in that time by making it cheaper to play the sport — according to Kids Play USA Foundation, youth ice hockey can cost as much as $10,000 per year per child when taking into account equipment, facility costs, enrollment fees, and coaches. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Korte Company enters strategic partnership agreement with OSHA
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15
    The Korte Company has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with OSHA region 10 Bellevue (Wash.) Area Office and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries On-site Consultation Program, on three projects underway at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Wash. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Starbucks embarks on national diversity initiative in Ferguson, partners with local bakery Natalie’s Cakes and More
    (The St. Louis American, 11/20/15)
    Community leaders, entrepreneurs, residents and corporate employees gathered Thursday, November 19 for the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Starbucks in Ferguson. >> CLICK FOR MORE