• St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 06, 2015
    Webster University marks a century of finding its niche
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/1/15)
    She started out in England, now she’s in Austria. And over the next six months, Anna Nichols is going to spend time in Thailand and Cuba before finishing up in Switzerland. But the St. Louis native’s life is not all glamour and jet-setting. She’s a student in Webster University’s international relations master’s program. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    The cornerstone for Loretto College is laid and dedicated in 1915. Photo courtesy of Webster University
    Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus
    (The New York Times, 10/30/15)
    As educators question what college should look like in the 21st century, one answer is: global. And to higher education trailblazers, that means more than junior year abroad or overseas internships. They find campuses to be insular places that leave students ill prepared for a globalized world, and they question the efficacy of traditional pedagogy, especially the lecture format, at a time when the same information can be imparted online. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    W. Louis Brickman in a dorm at Minerva in San Francisco, the staging area for future travels.
    CreditPeter DaSilva for The New York Times

    New York Times spotlights St. Louis law firm
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis-based Bryan Cave was featured in a New York Times story Thursday about the rocky generational transfer of power between baby boomers and millennials at big law firms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Office space in St. Louis is really, really cheap
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis is among the least expensive office markets in the United States, according to new research from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). BOMA’s data found that St. Louis, with an average office rental rate of $18.80 per square foot is the fourth cheapest in the nation, trailing only Fort Worth, Texas ($18.12 per square foot); Columbus, Ohio ($18.11 per square foot); and Detroit ($17.85 per square foot). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is home to the No. 1 copyright law firm
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis-based Thompson Coburn has the best copyright practice in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Only one firm is chosen as Copyright Law Firm of the Year among top law firms. U.S. News researchers arrive at the rankings — based on ability, professionalism and integrity — by interviewing clients and other lawyers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Karl Grice is 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year
    (The St. Louis American, 11/4/15)
    Architect Karl Grice spent many of his childhood days running around the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club in North St. Louis. Martin Mathews, co-founder and president emeritus of the club, is like a second father, he said. One of his proudest moments as an architect was designing the existing club facility in 1981 and incorporating perks that he didn’t have as a child, he said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fairview Heights Council approves creation of business alliance commission
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 11/3/15)
    Council members elected to form a business alliance to streamline the city’s efforts to attract, develop and retain business. Six of the nine voting council members approved the measure, which ends the Economic Development Commission and creates the Fairview Heights Business Alliance Commission. The new commission will merge the city’s hotel/motel screening committee and the Lincoln Trail TIF Subcommittee into one entity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nicklaus: Entrepreneurs and investors should approach crowdfunding warily
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
    Sometime next year, your social media accounts may be flooded with opportunities to invest in everything from a technology startup to the local microbrewery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Splice Machine brought into Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    Splice Machine will participate in the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. The big data startup has its main research and development office in St. Louis. The accelerator, based in San Francisco, helps grow companies looking to disrupt the financial services sector. Splice Machine is in line for investments of up to $500,000 for participating in the program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Most Promising Start-Ups Chosen for Accelerate St. Louis Challenge
    (KMOX, 11/5/15)
    If you think the start-ups we keep hearing about are all about tech gadgets and phone apps… think again. Seventeen local start-ups of all stripes are finalists for a big cash prize that could really help them get off the ground.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Former PwC partner takes over at Arch Angels
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/6/15)
    Gil Bickel, the longtime chairman of the St. Louis Arch Angels who has held the post since the group’s founding in 2005, is stepping down. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Memorial Group, BJC finalize strategic affiliation
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
    With federal and state regulatory approvals secured, Memorial Group and BJC HealthCare announced today that the two systems have signed an agreement to proceed with a strategic affiliation announced in April. The decision follows a due diligence process which confirmed that the opportunity would provide significant advantage to health care in the Metro East region, the hospital systems said in a joint statement. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rabo Agrifinance to relocate to Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/4/15)
    Construction has yet to begin but a developer already has leased half of the five-story office building planned for a five-acre site along Interstate 64 in Chesterfield. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Health and Dental Care for Kids merges into BJK People’s Health
    (The St. Louis American, 11/3/15)
    Health and Dental Care for Kids is now part of the services of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers. Leaders from both organizations signed the agreement Monday morning, November 2 at PHC headquarters in St. Louis on Delmar. The merger of the pediatric facility makes a fourth site for PHC. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Now hiring IT talent in St. Louis: SLU, Lockheed Martin, World Wide Technology, Peabody
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis is the 10th highest-paying city for tech professionals. And according to data from CareerBuilder, the supply of IT professionals in St. Louis remains lower than the number of jobs available.Meanwhile, St. Louis is among the best places to work for tech professionals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer hopes to begin big Clayton project next year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
    A development company based in suburban Nashville, Tenn., hopes to start construction next year on an office, retail and apartment complex at a busy intersection in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    McGrath Begins $1.9M Renovation of Pi Beta Phi Headquaters in St. Louis
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 11/3/15)
    McGrath & Associates has begun construction on a $1.9 million expansion and renovation of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international headquarters in St. Louis. Construction is scheduled for completion in June 2016. HKW is the architect. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Massive mixed-use project planned for Clayton and Hanley
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/3/15)
    A giant mixed-use project that calls for more than 537,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space is planned for the corner Clayton and Hanley roads in Clayton. Ben Owenell, of Tennessee-based GBT Realty, is developing the site. A public hearing for the project will be held Nov. 17. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis set to win $1 million grant to improve near north side
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis is nearly ready to be awarded a nearly $1 million, three-year violence prevention grant for the near north side. To receive the money, the Board of Aldermen just have to approve the measure. The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice totals $999,858.60 and is known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Responding to a Need
    (Diversity in Action, November 2015)
    Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, is responding to the need for trained cybersecurity professionals. The master’s and graduate certificate programs got their start in 2014 when the U.S. Air Force tapped Webster to train 1,400 employees to keep information secure and resist cyber attacks. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE receives 7th straight Military Friendly designation
    (The Alton Telegraph, 11/5/15)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. SIUE attained the designation for the seventh-consecutive year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Small class sizes, high placement rate for inaugural year of building trade diversity effort
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/4/15)
    In October 2014, Corey Harris was unemployed and looking for work. Now he makes $33 an hour as an ironworker apprentice in St. Louis. He made the transition from out-of-work retail manager to a career in construction through a pre-apprenticeship program called Building Union Diversity, or BUD. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LaunchCode partners with Washington University to offer free coding class
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/2/15)
    LaunchCode, the paired programming organization based in St. Louis and founded by Jim McKelvey, is now partnering with Washington University to offer a free 16-week basic coding class beginning in early 2016. The class, called CS50x St. Louis, is similar to the course LaunchCode offered for free in 2013, when it teamed with Harvard University to offer the CS50 (Computer Science 50) course. LaunchCode attracted more than 1,000 aspiring coders to its first course held at the Peabody Opera House.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE School of Engineering Earns ASC National and Regional Awards
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 11/3/15)
    Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering construction management competition teams placed in the top three during the Associated Schools of Construction Region III conference held in Downer’s Grove October 14-17.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro East youth program preparing kids to be productive in the community
    (KMOV, 11/4/15)
    A youth mentorship program in the Metro East is preparing kids in the classroom to be productive in the community. Last year, the Youth Interaction Program started with nine young men and has grown into a group of 25 boys and girls. The group meets twice a week at the Urban League in Fairview Heights and they go out on different outings to learn how to be successful. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    National Blues Museum announces April opening
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/3/15)
    The National Blues Museum has set April 2, 2016, as its opening day. The project intends to tell the history of blues music through exhibits and community outreach. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Fashion Fund aims to rival New York garment district
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
    The St. Louis Fashion Fund is out to make a name for itself and the city by launching a business incubator, education center, manufacturing hub and budding center of international fashion design. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 30, 2015
    PNC offers upbeat housing, job growth forecast for St. Louis area
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/23/15)
    Economists at PNC Bank have a mainly upbeat forecast for the St. Louis region, seeing more jobs and an improving home market on the horizon. “The good news is that you picked up the pace in job creation over the past 18 months,” Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman told the bank’s customers at a meeting Friday at the Westwood Country Club. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Opens Cyber Center of Excellence
    (Government Technology/Belleville News-Democrat, 10/28/15)
    Metro-east leaders took a big step toward addressing the soaring need for cyber-security workers around the St. Louis region by announcing Tuesday morning the launch of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    Members of the armed forces training in cyber defense capabilities.    WIKICOMMONS
    Leadership Council, others team to form Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/28/15)
    The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois joined with several partners on Tuesday to announce the launch of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence, a non-profit organization that will address what is being called unprecedented needs in the cybersecurity labor market being projected by local military, financial, health care, government and law enforcement agencies. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    PHOTO: Celebrating the launch, from left: Mike Riley, president of the Leadership Council Southwestern
    Illinois; Georgia Costello, president of Southwestern Illinois College; Nick Barnes, vice president and director
     of enterprise technology solutions and Jason Carter, president, Aegis Strategies, LLC,; Terry Beach, St. Clair
    County economic development director; Col. Terrence Adams, commander, 375th Communications Group;
    Ellen Krohne, executive director of the Leadership Council; and Thomas Johnson, associate vice president
    and chief of strategic initiatives, Webster University.

    Ronda Sauget named to head Leadership Council
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    The executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that Ronda Sauget has been hired to serve as the next executive director of the organization, effective Dec. 1. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Region's planning arm gets new leader
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/15)
    The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the region's planning arm that makes decisions about funding major transportation projects and other regional priorities, has a new leader. The East-West board on Wednesday unanimously voted to name Jim Wild as its executive director. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tamara Sheffield is 2015 Non-Profit Executive of the Year
    (The St. Louis American, 10/29/15)
    Working within one of the city’s most “beautiful jewels,” Tamara Sheffield said she feels fortunate that she has been able to live out one of her personal mottos. “I want to leave a footprint wherever I go,” said Sheffield, senior vice president of finance and operations at Forest Park Forever, “particularly one that makes the path better, easier to navigate or encourages possibilities for others.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis releases video of proposed NFL stadium renderings
    (Sporting News, 10/29/15)
    Just days after San Diego released a video that showcases its latest stadium renderings, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force released its own video, showcasing the proposed St. Louis stadium renderings.. >> CLICK FOR MORE



    St. Louis biotech startups have 'watershed' year
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/29/15)
    In May of last year, BioGenerator officials crunched the numbers and realized about a dozen companies in their portfolio would need to raise $60 to $90 million in order to keep growing. BioGenerator, which formed in 2003, is a sort of incubator for biotech companies in St. Louis, providing early stage funding and support for 65 companies to date. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LaunchCode to Open Mentor Center on Delmar
    (KMOX, 10/29/15)
    Just a few weeks shy of its second birthday, St. Louis’ LaunchCode is getting its own home. For its first 23 months, the non-profit has been offering its free coding classes at various locations around the area, but the 10,000 square-foot mentor center at 4811 Delmar will change that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startups born out of Washington University class have raised more than $33 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/27/15)
    About 100 startups launched out of a Washington University class called The Hatchery have raised $33.8 million since 2008, according to the university's research. That figure is about double what the university reported at this time two years ago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioGenerator, Cultivation Capital among top investors in Midwest
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/28/15)
    Since 2010, more than 200 venture capital entities have invested over $4 billion in Midwest-based companies, according venture capital tracker PitchBook. Meanwhile, the number of deals completed by investors has steadily risen each year, peaking in 2014 with 107 deals done, up 34 percent from the year prior, the PitchBook data shows. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fluent Takes Home 1st Place - Peoples Choice at Money 20/20
    (St. Louis Regional Chamber, 10/27/15)
    Fluent CEO and Founder, Lamar Wilson, presented to a panel of five judges with more than 500 plus in attendance at last night's Money 20/20's StartupPitch180 competition. Fifteen of the nation's top Fin-tech startups competed for a share of the $50k prize. When the votes were tallied, the audience voted Fluent as #1, winning them People's Choice Award and $25k in prize money. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $4 million 'green' education center planned for Shaw neighborhood
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/29/15)
    Saint Louis University is teaming up with four St. Louis elementary schools on plans for a $4 million science education and outreach facility to be built in the Shaw neighborhood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rockefeller Foundation recognizes St. Louis in ‘100 Resilient Cities’ initiative
    (KTRS, 10/27/15)
    The Rockefeller Foundation wants to help St. Louis become more resilient. St. Louis was selected from more than 700 applicants to be one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.” The initiative’s Vice President of Relationships Bryna Lipper said the foundation will provide financial support for the city to hire a chief resilience officer (CRO). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Southwest Airlines adding flights from St. Louis
    (KTVI, 10/27/15)
    Southwest Airlines is about to have an even larger presence at Lambert Airport. The airline announced several new flights and destinations from St. Louis on Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First Bank receives $265,496 Bank Enterprise Award
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    First Bank has received a U.S. Department of Treasury award that will be used to help economically distressed communities. First Bank has received $265,496 Bank Enterprise Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury‘s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis and Clark Truck Driver Training program receives industry award
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    Lewis and Clark Community College’s Truck Driver Training program recently received the Illinois Trucking Association’s 2015 Industry Dedication Award. “It’s an honor for Lewis and Clark to be recognized by a prestigious organization such as the Illinois Trucking Association,” LCCC President Dale Chapman said. “Lewis and Clark views its role in truck driver training as graduating extremely well trained technical drivers who are safety oriented. Our entire faculty and staff do a great job in this respect, and it’s wonderful to be recognized for doing so.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch poised for 50th birthday
    (Associated Press, 10/27/15)
    A half century ago, workers gingerly hoisted into place the final of 142 stainless steel sections of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch — the shimmering tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West. The world's tallest arch and St. Louis' famously defining feature, along the Mississippi River's western bank, officially celebrates its 50th birthday on Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local companies help kids in Ferguson
    (KSDK, 10/27/15)
    Several local companies are taking a big step to help children impacted by the unrest in Ferguson. Emerson, the Centene Charitable Foundation and the Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust plan to celebrate the $300,000 funding of the "Ferguson Effec+" program. >> CLICK FOR MORE