• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 16, 2015
    Economic forecast: St. Louis needs ‘breakthrough’
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
    More than half of St. Louis’ business leaders expect a recent trend of slow and steady growth to continue in 2016, according to St. Louis Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan..  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square IPO to help Ferguson rebuild
    (KMOV, 10/15/15)
    As Ferguson continues rebuilding a major boost is about to come their way thanks to Twitter and Square co-founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Here are the jobs Square is hiring for in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
    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.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $5 million gift starts effort to preserve black history
    (KMOV, 10/13/15)
    A $5 million corporate gift is helping to launch a new effort to preserve African-American history in the St. Louis area. The Ferguson-based technology company Emerson on Monday announced the donation to the Missouri Historical Society, which operates the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, and the museum's Library and Research Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midland States Bank opens new banking center in Jennings
    (The St. Louis American, 10/13/15)
    Midland States Bank has furthered its expansion into the St. Louis region by opening a new full-service banking center at 8021 W. Florissant Avenue, in the Buzz Westfall Plaza. This announcement follows Midland’s recent acquisition of eleven area Heartland Bank locations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Korte wins $10 million contract in Arizona
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/15/15)
    The Korte Co., the St. Louis-based design-build contractor, has won a $10.1 million contract to design a maintenance hangar at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. The 18,740-square-foot hangar will house maintenance operations for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets, company officials said. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    The F-35 Lightning II.

    St. Louis CEOs make Harvard list of world’s best
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/15)
    Two local chief executives — George Paz of Express Scripts and Hugh Grant of Monsanto — are among the best in the world, according to a new list published by the Harvard Business Review. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators, Prosper taking applications now: TechFlash 7 things
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
    Capital Innovators is taking applications for $50,000 grants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    7 Reasons to Attend Startup Connection
    (EQ, 10/13/15)
    Presented by Accelerate St. Louis and serving as the premier event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Startup Connection is kind of a big deal. Featuring a startup showcase, resource fair, a fast-paced pitch session, the announcement of over $120,000 in awards and a damn good party, it’s a not-to-miss. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lozano’s plan for 1,000 tech companies downtown; Mizzou at Cortex; St. Louis in Square IPO: TechFlashes
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/16/15)
    LockerDome CEO Gabe Lozano’s new goal for the St. Louis region is 1,000 tech companies with 10,000 employees working downtown, specifically along a stretch of Washington Avenue. Here’s his plan to get it done.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology opens new Asia-Pacific headquarters
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/15)
    Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology has opened a new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore that will include sales offices and an integration technology lab. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Beer giants A-B InBev and SABMiller agree on key terms for $100 billion merger
    (St. Louis Pubic Radio, 10/13/15)
    Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller have announced an agreement in principle on plans to become one company. The deal is valued at more than $100 billion.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis NFL stadium project in line for state tax credits
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/9/15)
    Plans for the $1 billion NFL stadium on the St. Louis riverfront got a boost Friday with news that the project qualifies for state tax credits to pay for site cleanup. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CVC wants $100 million expansion
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/9/15)
    O’Reilly Auto Parts has held its annual convention in St. Louis since 2014. For its next meeting, in early 2016, it expects about 6,000 attendees, who will utilize all of America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome. “We like St. Louis for the proximity to our corporate office,” said Tracie Patton, travel and internal events manager at the Springfield, Missouri-based company.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis announces winners of city's business awards
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/15)
    St. Louis has announced winners of the city's annual business awards, which were presented Friday at the Mayor' Business Celebration luncheon.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startup brings buy-one-give-one model to St. Louis restaurants
    (The St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/15)
    The one-for-one business model has become popular among consumers, whether its Toms Shoes or Warby Parker, which donate a pair of shoes or eyeglasses, respectively, for each item purchased. Even Starbucks is testing out the strategy.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Commerce Bank reports profit
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/14/15)
    Commerce Bancshares, parent of Commerce Bank reported a slight dip in earnings for the third quarter, as rising loan volume was offset by lower earnings on inflation-protected securities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Device Allows Defibrillator Patients Get MRI’s
    (KMOX, 10/14/15)
    SLU Hospital is among the first in the region to implant a new MRI-safe defibrillator. New technology now allows many to receive the needed test. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Holland Builds $16M Humane Society Center
    (Construction Forum STL, 10/7/15)
    Construction is underway on the Humane Society of Missouri’s $16 million Best Buddy Pet Center in Maryland Heights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Groundbreaking for McKendree Metro Rec Plex set for October 15
    ((Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    Groundbreaking for the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in the Four Points Commercial Development is set for Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., lead developer Dean Oelze of S.I. Strategy, LLC has announced.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    $50 million home development planned for Belleville
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/15)
    Parkway West Development is planning an upscale home development on 50 acres of land off Frank Scott Parkway West in unincorporated St. Clair County. The $50 million development will include more than 70 homes worth between $500,000 and $1 million, with an average home price of $700,000, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ABNA principals address St. Louis Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion Initiative
    (The St. Louis American, 10/9/15)
    “Being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks,” Abe Adewale said. “You have to be committed. A lot of times you plant a seed, and you water the seed you planted knowing it will sprout out of the ground. That’s what we did.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LCCC To Launch Maritime Institute
    (WBGZ Radio 10/15/2015)
    Looking at the expected growth in river commerce, Lewis & Clark Community College is preparing to launch a Maritime Institute in about a year. Approval to pursue the project was given this week by the college’s Board of Trustees. Some safety training aspects of the program could begin before that through the college’s existing programs based at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL unveils new planetarium with a Sunday open house
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/16/15)
    The University of Missouri-St. Louis is opening a newly renovated planetarium for students and the public. Astronomy professor Erika Gibb says the renovated facility is even a little more cutting edge than the Saint Louis Science Center’s planetarium, at least for now.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Laumeier Sculpture Park opens new center and asks what a fair world would look like
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/13/15)
    As Laumeier Sculpture Park opens its Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center to the public, exhibited works will be designed to bridge international and local communities. Among those whose work is featured in the first show, which opens Friday, is Raqs Media Collective..>> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Most Affordable Housing Markets in the US
    (Realty Biz News, 10/12/15)
    A recent report has found that the Midwestern United States is the most affordable area to live in, particularly with regards to home prices. The report was conducted by RealtyTrac and Clear Capital and according to the article on Home Buying Institute, the three most affordable housing markets in the United States during the first quarter of this year were all in the Midwest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local Housing Market Continues ‘Solid’ Year
    (KMOX, 10/12/15)
    Solid. That’s how a local realtor is describing the first three quarters of the year and the start of the fourth quarter when it comes to home sales in the St. Louis-area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clarkson Eyecare partners on project to provide glasses to underprivileged
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eye care groups in the Midwest, recently introduced "You See, We Give," a project in honor of World Sight Day. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stay Tuned: Contamination Concerns
    (Nine Network of Public Media, 10/16/15)
    Concerns about the smoldering fire inching closer to radioactive waste at the Westlake Landfill in Bridgeton grew this week as school districts sent letters to parents detailing emergency plans if something should occur. Russ Knocke from Republic Services, the owner of the Westlake Landfill, and Robbin Dailey, a citizen activist with a personal tie to the area, disagree about the danger. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 09, 2015
    Editorial: The Regional Chamber signs on to the Ferguson Commission report
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/2/15)
    Last week, in a development that not long ago would have been unthinkable, the St. Louis Regional Chamber endorsed the major conclusions and recommendations of the Ferguson Commission in “Forward Through Ferguson,” the report it released Sept. 14.  >> CLICK FOR MORE

    A few printed copies of the report produced by the Ferguson
    Commission were present at a press conference at Florissant Valley
    Community College on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. Photo By David Carson,

    Ameren pledges $2.5M to aid in priorities of Ferguson Commission report
    (St. Louis American, 10/5/15)
    On Saturday, October 3, Ameren Corporation announced it will provide the St. Louis community with $2.5 million to support “signature priorities” outlined in the Ferguson Commission report, including programs for child well-being, education and job readiness. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Congress should reauthorize the Export-Import Bank
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/9/15)
    St. Louis was founded in 1764 as a trading center, and since then our region has relied on manufacturing and trade to fuel our economy. Thanks to its strong manufacturing base, our bi-state region — representing 15 counties in Missouri and Illinois — is an economic powerhouse helping drive both states’ economies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Why St. Louis Is the Ultimate Baseball Town
    (The Wall Street Journal, 10/7/15)
    All-star shortstop Jhonny Peralta figured he would attract plenty of offers as a free agent in 2013, but when the St. Louis Cardinals expressed interest, Peralta told his agent to stop shopping him around—just close a deal with the Cards as soon as possible.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cardinals playoff games to have big impact on economy
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/5/15)
    The St. Louis Cardinals kick off their 2015 playoff schedule Friday at Busch Stadium. That and other games in the first round (against either the Pittsburgh Pirates or Chicago Cubs) will generate $5.9 million each in economic benefits for the region, according to an analysis by Ruth Sergenian, the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s director of economic research. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Matthew Hibbard
    Stadium Sponsor Unveiled in Move to Keep Rams in St. Louis
    (The New York Times, 10/6/15)
    National Car Rental has agreed to pay $158 million for the naming rights on a football stadium that is being planned by civic leaders in Missouri who are trying to keep the St. Louis Rams from moving to Los Angeles. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    A rendering of National Car Rental Field, a proposed stadium. E. Stanley
    Kroenke, the Rams’ owner, had announced plans to build a stadium in
    Inglewood, Calif. Credit HOK
    St. Louis City Submits Plan for NGA Site
    (KMOX, 10/9/15)
    St. Louis’ effort to keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has taken the next step forward. The city has presented the NGA with what’s called a “briefing book,” summarizing the city’s $1.6 billion proposal for the near-north side site.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    (KMOX/Brian Kelly)
    St. Louis hopes to use billion dollar construction projects to reshape city
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/7/15)
    The city wants to bring hard hats and construction cranes to its northern edge as a billion-dollar antidote to a seemingly endless social and economic malaise. In the coming months, officials hope to secure two projects totaling nearly $2.6 billion in construction costs: a federal spy agency headquarters and a new NFL stadium, just miles apart on the northern rim of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Works to Welcome Refugees
    (The Take Away, 10/9/15)
    In the 1990s, St. Louis, Missouri became a hub for Bosnians, as refugees escaped from war and genocide in their home country. There are now 50,000 Bosnians living in the region, the largest Bosnian community outside of the country itself. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ‘St. Louis is now home:’ The stories of two Syrians who have settled here
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/8/15)
    The crisis in Syria is on everyone’s minds right now—whether for humanitarian concerns, worries over ISIS or Russian involvement. Here at home, several groups have made the call to accept more Syrian refugees to the St. Louis region. So far, 29 have arrived since the beginning of this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Tech Corp. has shelled out $24 million to startups: TechFlashes
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/9/15)
    To date, the Missouri Technology Corp. has invested more than $24 million to help over 70 companies in Missouri, with another $6 million going to incubators, accelerators and educational institutions. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    George Paz, chairman and CEO of Express
    Scripts Holding Co., will be one of the speakers
    at Accelerate St. Louis' inaugural #CEO2CEO event.
    Photo: Jeremy DeWeese

    Domain Tech Report Nine Network/PBS: Women Entrepreneurs
    (Techli, 10/5/15)
    In the second episode of the ‘Domain Tech Report,’ I spoke with women from Prosper Women Entrepreneurs. They have received national and international attention for their work promoting female entrepreneurship. We also hear from St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe Reagan, a ’Why I Became an Entrepreneur’ features Sarah Badahman from HIPAAtrek and we visit Manifest Digital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    InvestMidwest now accepting applications for March 2016 Venture Capital Forum in St. Louis
    (RiverBender.com, 10/5/15)
    InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum today kicked off its application period for the Midwest's premier venture capital event. Entrepreneurial high-growth companies interested in presenting their business plans to an audience of the nation's top venture capitalists, corporate and private investors and investment bankers are invited to apply.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ Latest Tech ‘Gets’ — Pandora, Uber
    (KMOX, 10/5/15)
    Pandora, the music streaming service, is opening its Midwest regional sales office in the Cortex Innovation District, and we’ve learned that Uber, the ride-share service, isn’t far behind in opening a physical presence. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis ranks as one of the least expensive cities for medical procedures
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/6/15)
    Actual costs for health care procedures are tough to nail down, but a new report from Castlight Health says costs in St. Louis are among the lowest in the nation. The report, titled the Castlight Health Costliest Cities Index, examined actual costs of eight popular health care procedures and found that St. Louis is one of the 10 least expensive for six of the eight procedures among 30 cities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis startup developing powerful epilepsy drug previously only used in hospitals
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/6/15)
    Epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder, is one of the world’s most common and most serious neurological conditions, afflicting about 50 million people around the globe. It’s estimated that about 70 percent of the world’s epilepsy patients can control their seizures by using the two dozen or so anticonvulsant drugs that are on the market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    See the new $50 million South Harbor project on the Mississippi
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/5/15)
    More than 300 regional officials and industry players gathered Monday on the new concrete surface of a general cargo dock, part of America’s Central Port new $50 million South Harbor project, to celebrate the nearing completion of the harbor. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark Branch Library reopens Oct. 14
    (St. Louis American, 10/8/15)
    North St. Louis County public library users are about to experience libraries in a way they never have before, at least not in their neighborhoods. Gleaming new or brilliantly refurbished library branches are opening this fall and winter, starting with the Lewis & Clark Branch, located at 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd. in Moline Acres, on Wednesday, October 14.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First of Six New or Renovated Libraries to Open in October
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/5/15)
    The first of six new and renovated St. Louis Country Library branches will open this October. On Monday’s “St. Louis on the Air” Library Director Kristen Sorth will join host Don Marsh to discuss the new Lewis and Clark branch, in Moline Acres, opening on Oct. 14. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren audits saving companies big money
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    Businesses throughout Southern Illinois are saving big money on their annual energy bills, some of them thousands of dollars, through a program that’s so simple to participate in, it’s a bit like the proverbial light bulb idea. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Central Corridor Residential Boom Passes 2,000 Units, Reaches Campus Housing
    (nextSTL, 10/7/15)
    The apartment boom in St. Louis City continues. Over the past two years, 963 apartments have been built in the city’s central corridor near Forest Park and the Central West End, with many smaller projects adding more units. By our count, 557 more apartments are currently under construction, and at least 600 more have been proposed and approved. In all, the projects total nearly 4,000 beds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    More housing coming to Ikea's neighborhood
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/8/15)
    Now that St. Louis’ Ikea store is open and drawing the predicted swarm of shoppers, developers are busy with residential and commercial projects near the store at Forest Park and Vandeventer avenues. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    WUSTL Trustees Green-Light $240M Danforth Campus Transformation
    (NextSTL, 10/3/15)
    The Washington University Board of Trustees have approved a $240M transformation of the Danforth Campus east end. The vision mirrors that posted on this site in October of last year (Washington University Set for Major Transformation of Danforth Campus). Groundbreaking is set for spring 2017, with completion planned for spring 2019.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Improvements proposed for cultural neighbors — Washington U and Forest
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/4/15)
    Two of the most important civic, cultural, educational and recreational institutions in the region — Washington University and Forest Park — announced building and renovation plans over the weekend, plans that include transformative changes to come as well as some work already completed.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SLU, Wash U among best colleges for entrepreneurship: TechFlashes
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/2/15)
    Saint Louis University and Washington University are again on a list of best colleges for undergraduate entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneur.com list puts Washington University at No. 16 and SLU at No. 23. World Wide Technology has been named one of the best workplaces for women. Of the company’s 700-plus employees, 30 percent are women and 30 percent of the company’s managerial positions are filled by women.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    East St. Louis to get $3.5m for work on Front Street, others
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, today announced a grant for $3,587,052 has been issued to reconstruct a stretch of Front Street and related work in East St. Louis. The grant comes via the Economic Development Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stay Tuned: Central Corridor Development
    (Nine Network of Public Media, 10/9/15)
    Driving west from downtown St. Louis through the center of the city gives a much different impression of the city than if you venture to the north. Explains Washington University professor Hank Webber, “The central corridor matters to everyone. It’s a huge source of jobs… . It’s true we’ve made more progress on redevelopment in the central corridor compared to north in particular, but I don’t think you can say that the improvements in the central corridor don’t have a benefit that goes to the whole city and beyond the city.” Adds Preservation Research Office Director Michael Allen, “The central corridor is blessed with institutional and transportation infrastructure. If there is an equity gap it isn’t answered by putting IKEA in North St. Louis, it’s by extending light rail along the North/South line and creating those anchor assets that really generate other economic activity.”

    In tonight’s Stay Tuned, broadcast on Nine PBS at 7:00 p.m., Webber and Allen, as well as Otis Williams from the St. Louis Development Corporation and Dennis Lower from Cortex, discuss why there is such a boom in construction and development in the central corridor, and how to translate those wins to the entire city. The entire discussion can be viewed at