• St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 25, 2015
    St. Louis angel investors among most active in Midwest
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/24/15)
    Two angel investor groups based in St. Louis are among the most active in the region, according to a new report from the Angel Resource Institute (ARI). The ARI’s Halo Report found the St. Louis Arch Angels and Saint Louis University’s Billiken Angels Network were two of the top three most active angel groups (for number of deals) in the Great Plains region — made up of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota — since 2011. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    Gil Bickel, chairman of the St. Louis Arch Angels
    Tech firm Square to open St. Louis office, hire 200
    (KSDK, 9/23/15)
    The company Square has opened an office in St. Louis and plans to hire more than 200 people over the next five years, offering a big boost to the effort to make St. Louis a Midwest hub for tech businesses. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Medical device firm Veran raises $30.6 million
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/24/15)
    Veran Medical Technologies, an Overland-based company developing devices for diagnosing and treating lung cancer, has raised $30.6 million from a group of venture capital funds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures raises more than $1 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/15)
    Officials with Stadia Ventures have raised more than $1 million, as the startup accelerator looks to focus on early stage sports companies. The $1.06 million came from seven investors, according to a federal filing, with Stadia officials looking to raise a total of $5 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    University of Illinois, Washington University among top schools for venture-backed entrepreneurs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/25/15)
    Two regional colleges — the University of Illinois and Washington University — have been ranked by PitchBook as two of the top universities for venture capital-backed entrepreneurs. The list is sorted by total number of entrepreneurs a university has produced from the start of 2010 through the end of July 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mack tapped as co-chair of Greater St. Louis Financial Forum
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/25/15)
    Mary Mack, president of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named co-chair of the Greater St. Louis Financial Forum. Mack succeeds Jim Weddle, managing partner, Edward Jones Investments and founding co-chair of the forum. The forum is a CEO-led industry roundtable that aims to promote and expand the region’s financial services industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enzymes firm lands breakthrough deal in ag industry
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/25/15)
    Brian and Katie Thompson took an unusual path into the agriculture industry, but the destination is starting to look lucrative.The Thompsons’ company, Elemental Enzymes, recently signed a collaboration agreement with Bayer, the giant German company that’s among the world leaders in seeds and crop protection. It’s a breakthrough deal for the 15-person firm, which grew out of Brian Thompson’s postdoctoral research at the University of Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington U. to host Presidential debate in 2016
    (KMOV, 9/23/15)
    Washington University has been selected to host one of three presidential debates in 2016. The university will host the debate on October 9.>> CLICK FOR MORE


    (Credit: Washington University / Twitter)
    DOL Official: STL Has ‘Secret Sauce’
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/22/15)
    When it comes to workforce development, St. Louis has all the right elements in place, according Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu. “You have accountability, transparency, and collaboration,” he told a roundtable discussion at the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program training facility in Affton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ground Breaks for Multi Modal Center
    (WBGZ Radio, 9/21/15)
    Yesterday marked the beginning of a new wave of transportation, including a higher speed rail, to not only the River Bend but to the county and the state. Ground was broken yesterday morning on the Multi Modal Transportation Center on Golf Road in Alton. The city has been getting the paperwork in order for the project for a number of years.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    A-B InBev buys largest craft brewer in Los Angeles
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/15)
    As Anheuser-Busch InBev officials mull a pitch to buy SABMiller, creating a $245 billion brewing giant, the company is beefing up its craft portfolio with Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, were not disclosed. Gold Road is the largest craft brewery in Los Angeles County; the brewery expects to sell approximately 45,000 barrels of beer in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Welcomes New Businesses
    (WBGZ Radio, 9/23/15)
    The Wood River City Council is looking forward to the opening of more new businesses across town. While there hasn’t been a lot of new construction recently, several old buildings are being repurposed as entrepreneurs are giving the Wood River area a try. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Illinois business among BBB's Torch Award winners
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois will present Torch Awards to 11 businesses and two charities and Student of Ethics awards to four students at a luncheon at noon Friday, Nov. 13, at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis. "To succeed in today's business environment, businesses need be ever more connected to their customers and, at the same time, continue to earn their highest level of trust," said William L. White, BBB board chair and senior vice president of Commerce Bank. "Our Accredited Businesses and Charities have met those challenges, and the Torch Award recipients for 2015 reflect some of the best examples we can offer in terms of their exceptional service and ethical interaction with those with whom they come in contact.">> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE Morris University Center staff recognized internationally
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    Two Morris University Center staff members have been acknowledged for their continuous work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Cathy Passananti, the center's associate director, and Jamie Matthews, assistant director, have for several years directed their efforts in improving the programming, student initiatives and more at the center.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    New SLU scholarship honors Jesuit saint
    (St. Louis American, 9/24/15)
    Saint Louis University has established the new St. Peter Claver, S.J., Service Endowed Scholarship. The new scholarship is designed to assist first-generation, full-time freshmen from an urban setting who have financial need and foster a love of community service.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fed survey finds businesses upbeat about local economy
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/22/15)
    Nearly two-thirds of St. Louis area business people say economic conditions here are improving, a survey by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank finds.That is a "noticeable improvement" over the past few months, the Fed's Burgundy Book report says. In May, slightly more than half of survey respondents said the local economy was getting stronger. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis ranks third for rate of homeownership
    (St. Louis Post-Disptach, 9/22/15)
    Affordable Midwestern cities have higher rates of homeownership than their coastal competitors, a new report shows, and St. Louis ranks near the top.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis home sales, prices and starts outpace the U.S.
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/24/15)
    The Federal Reserve Bank had quite a bit of good news about St. Louis this week. In the second quarter, growth of home sales, house prices and building permits in the St. Louis metropolitan area outpaced the nation and other areas of the St. Louis Fed district, which includes Arkansas and parts of six other states. Mortgage loan delinquency rates here fell significantly, to the lowest level since 2007.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    $49 Million Luxury Apartments Coming to West St. Louis County
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/21/15)
    A long dormant tract of land in the heart of West St. Louis County is awakening with the construction of a new $49 million luxury apartment with numerous amenities. The Residences at Sunset Ridge is a joint venture project by TriStar Properties and Propper Construction Services. The 254-unit apartment is emerging on an 11-acre track northwest of I-270 and Manchester Road along Des Peres Road. It is the largest project being built within a $100 million mixed-use development that will also feature an assisted living facility, office and a planned hotel. Residences at Sunset Ridge will open late summer 2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Children’s Hospital receives grant from Hyundai for cancer research
    (KTVI, 9/22/15)
    St. Louis Children`s Hospital will be able to further its research in fighting childhood cancer thanks to a generous grant Tuesday from Hyundai. Children`s received a $250,000 grant from the philanthropic branch of the Hyundai car company called Hyundai Hope on Wheels. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mississippi River economic impact twice the expectation, mayors conclude
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/23/15)
    A Mississippi River mayors group, which includes two from Metro East, says that revenue generated by the river is $405 billion, supporting 1.3 million jobs — significantly higher than anticipated. More than two dozen river mayors were in Dubuque attending a three-day meeting this week for the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, a mayoral-led effort comprised of 68 mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    What’s the big deal? IKEA is
    (BND Magazine, 9/24/15)
    The vastness of the new IKEA in St. Louis was hard to envision as I stood on the parking lot Wednesday. Two hours later, my tired feet knew just how big it was: 380,000 square feet (about six football fields) filled with display rooms (46), full model homes (three), a kids’ playland that looked like a cartoon Swedish forest, a cafeteria (seating for 450) and the warehouse. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fred Weber acquires concrete pipe businesses from J.H. Berra
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/15)
    Fred Weber Inc. has acquired two businesses that manufacture concrete pipes from J.H. Berra Construction. The acquisition of Beco Concrete Products and Independent Concrete Pipe adds a new product to Weber's portfolio. Beco's customers include the Missouri and Illinois departments of transportation and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    A-B acquiring LA's Golden Road Brewing
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/23/15)
    Golden Road Brewing, the largest craft brewery in Los Angeles County, is being acquired by Anheuser-Busch. Golden Road Brewing will join A-B's high-end business unit that includes other craft brewers acquired across the country — Goose Island Beer Co., Blue Point Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing and Elysian Brewing. Last month, A-B announced its Goose Island subsidiary is acquiring a majority stake in Michigan-based Virtue Cider.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pagedale to see new movie theatre and health services in community
    (KTVI, 9/22/15)
    If all goes as planned, Pagedale could see revitalization along Page and Ferguson Avenue around the 6800 block for a project called Pagedale Town Center. The project is the brain child of Beyond Housing, a developer of affordable housing. The non-profit became a commercial developer in 2010 with the construction of a Save-A-Lot grocery store that now serves the low income of Pagedale and the surrounding communities.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stay Tuned: Forward Through Ferguson
    (Nine Network of Public Media, 9/25/15)
    The Ferguson Commission released its “unflinching” report last week with many calls to action. Members of the commission insist the report won’t just collect dust on a shelf and noted that the hard work fixing issues that have plagued our region for years is just beginning. Tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Stay Tuned on Nine PBS, two Ferguson Commission members discuss their work. Rasheen Aldridge and Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand seemingly couldn’t come from farther apart in terms of their viewpoints but ended up being friends and working together to do the hard work on the commission. They built a friendship from the unlikeliest circumstances. Says Aldridge about Ahlbrand: “He wasn’t the first person I wanted to have coffee with, but I do appreciate Kevin for extending that handout. It was something that at the beginning really changed the outcome of our relationship.” Adds Ahlbrand about Aldridge, “Reforming broken relationships and creating new ones is the key for all this to begin.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boutique burned to ground in Ferguson unrest to get $20,000 gift before reopening
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/22/15)
    Juanita's Fashions R Boutique, burned to the ground in the Ferguson unrest last November, will get a financial boost Tuesday from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. The group will give $20,000 to fuel the store as it prepares to reopen in a new spot.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Beyond the report: Ferguson Commission seeks applications for group that would follow its work
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/15)
    The Ferguson Commission is looking for a group that will help follow through with its policy recommendations. The commission’s final report called for major changes to the region’s health care, education and policing policies. And since the commission is set to expire on Dec. 31, Commissioners want to find an existing organization that will monitor efforts to implement those ideas.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 18, 2015
    Greetings from the St. Louis Regional Chamber! This edition of St. Louis Press Pass contains some of the news coverage about our Annual Event No. 178 held Wednesday evening, Sept. 16, at the Peabody Opera House. A full wrap-up with photos of the Annual Event will be sent out by the Chamber on Monday.


    Regional Chamber celebrates ‘St. Louis Innovators’
    (St. Louis American, 9/17/15)
    At its Annual Event No. 178, held Wednesday, September 16 at the Peabody Opera House, the St. Louis Regional Chamber honored and celebrated St. Louis Innovators, both large and small. Its theme was “Creating Tomorrow Together St. Louis Innovators.”>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Dr. Donald M. Suggs, this year’s Right Arm of St. Louis Award winner, 
    addresses Regional Chamber members and guests at Annual Event
    No. 178 this past Wednesday evening at the Peabody Opera House.



    Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe Reagan, center, is flanked by
    area entrepreneurs as he announces the formation of Spirit of St. Louis
    Ventures, an economic impact enterprise which will invest in venture funds,
    loan funds and enterprises aligned with the Chamber’s One Plan.

    Publisher of St. Louis American receives 'Right Arm of St. Louis' award
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
    Dr. Donald M. Suggs, president and publisher of the St. Louis American, on Wednesday was named the 2015 recipient of the "Right Arm of St. Louis" award. The award, presented at a St. Louis Regional Chamber event held at the Peabody Opera House, honors local leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Announces Its First Accelerator Cohort Of Sports Startups
    (EQ, 9/16/15)
    Several announcements were made tonight at St. Louis Regional Chamber’s annual event No. 178, all speaking to the continued innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. One such announcement was the inaugural cohort of Stadia Ventures, a new St. Louis startup accelerator that focuses on early stage sports companies. Stadia revealed the four startups that have been selected to take part in Stadia’s first accelerator program. This program will invest up to $100,000 into these companies for an equity stake. Adding to the enthusiasm at the event, the St. Louis Regional Chamber announced that it is making a financial commitment of up to $50,000 to Stadia Ventures. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     

    Pictured above are Stadia Ventures Founders Tim Hayden, left, and Art Chou. 

    Stadia Ventures announces first class, gets $50,000 from Regional Chamber
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/15)
    Stadia Ventures, the new St. Louis startup accelerator that focuses on early stage sports companies, announced the first four startup companies that will go through its sports-themed business accelerator. Those companies include Rookies, the create-your-own-baseball card startup from St. Louis founded by Matt Sebek; Fishidy, from Madison, Wisconsin; LEIF Technologies, from Brooklyn, New York; and Winning Identity out of Toronto. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    StADIA CHOOSES 4 SPORTS COMPANIES FOR FIRST ACCELERATOR CLASS
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
    Fund will invest $100,000 in fishing, skateboarding, golf and baseball-card firms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Chamber Celebrates Innovators at Annual Event No. 178
    (KMOX, 9/16/15)
    At its Annual Event No. 178 Wednesday night at the Peabody Opera House, the St. Louis Regional Chamber honored and celebrated St. Louis innovators, both large and small, who are creating a more prosperous, innovative and dynamic St. Louis region.>> CLICK FOR MORE


    General Business News
    WHY A $100 BILLION HEALTH CARE COMPANY IS INVESTING IN ST. LOUIS
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/18/15)
    St. Louis’ budding health care startup scene has caught the eye of an out-of-town Fortune 100 company. In July, without much fanfare, Cardinal Health decided to dip its toes in the St. Louis market by opening a small, three-person office to help emerging health care companies navigate the complex regulatory landscape for their promising products and drugs. It’s only the third regulatory office for the health care giant, which is based in Dublin, Ohio. The others are in Overland Park, Kan., and La Jolla, Calif.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Brookings: St. Louis a strong digital health market for VCs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/11/15)
    St. Louis is likely never to see the amount of cash being thrown around by venture capitalists in Silicon Valley or the East Coast, but those VCs might want to take an extra second to consider some St. Louis companies — particularly in the digital health sector.A new report published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings found St. Louis was among a handful of cities with strong digital health companies that could provide strong returns for investors..>> CLICK FOR MORE
    5 new startups accepted into Capital Innovators
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/15)
    Capital Innovators, the business accelerator that hands out $50,000 investments to a handful of tech startups twice a year, has invested in five new early-stage companies — all from St. Louis. Those companies are Greetabl, Invisible Industries, Need Fixed, Spinball Sports and VIM. For the investment, Capital Innovators will take an equity stake in the companies.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    LaunchCode gets money from Kauffman for Kansas City expansion: TechFlashes
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/11/15)
    The Kauffman Foundation has given LaunchCode $150,000 to help the St. Louis-based organization expand in Kansas City. LaunchCode had already secured about $250,000 for expansion plans and needs to raise $750,000 overall. The first GlobalHack aimed at solving civic problems starts tonight and goes throughout the weekend. The event will work with the Civic Tech for Social Impact Collaborative to create technology solutions that make it easier for people to navigate the criminal justice system and resolve their issues faster.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    GlobalHack team builds platform for companies to pay your traffic fines
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/15)
    Navigating the municipal court systems in St. Louis has long been a pain point for many citizens, particularly as it relates to traffic fines. A group of hackers think they may have solved the problem. The group — made up of Becca Williams, a business analyst at RGA; and a pair of Daugherty Business Solutions software engineers, Will Stampley and Alex White — was the winning team at this month’s GlobalHack hackathon. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IHA honors HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Award
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    The Illinois Hospital Association recognized three hospitals and two health systems for innovative quality interventions, patient safety approaches and best practices designed to transform health care. The entities were presented with the IHA Institute for Innovations in Care and Quality’s 2015 Quality Excellence Achievement Awards on September 11 at the fifth annual awards were presented during IHA’s Leadership Summit in Lombard. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Agtech investing on the rise as venture capitalists meet in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/15)
    Money invested into agtech companies by venture capitalists ‚ as well as number of financing deals — nearly tripled in 2014 when compared to the year prior. Venture capitalists invested $170 million across 75 deals into companies that are developing efficiencies for farms (software, sensors, drones, etc.), according to CB Insights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Gov. Nixon Preaches Productive Partnerships
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 9/11/15)
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon came to the St. Louis area to spread the gospel of the necessity of productive partnerships between management and labor in attracting new business. Nixon met with construction industry leaders and held a press conference at the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program’s Nelson-Mulligan Carpenters Training Center in Affton on Thursday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Million dollar grant funds ‘One-Stop-Shop’ medical clinic in East St. Louis
    (KMOV, 9/11/15)
    A one million dollar grant from the federal government is turning a health clinic in East St. Louis into a “one-stop-shop” for patients.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM Heath Care - St. Louis is now SSM Health
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
    Employees recently celebrated at all seven SSM Health Care-St. Louis hospital locations as hospital leaders commemorated and unveiled a new brand promise and a renewed commitment to patients, according to a press release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IMPACT Strategies breaks ground on Ameren Illinois Operations Center in Macomb
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies recently broke ground on a new $6.7 million operations center for Ameren Illinois in Macomb. The new facility, located at 1505 East University Drive, is expected to be complete by April 2016. The Macomb operations center project involves the construction of an approximately 40,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building to accommodate local Ameren Illinois crews. The building will contain office space and a truck garage for repair and maintenance of Ameren Illinois’ fleet. The project also calls for extensive site paving for a materials storage yard.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis a LEADER in Workforce Training
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 9/13/15)
    Last week, at a White House conference on apprenticeship, John Gaal, EdD, director of training and workforce development for the Carpenters District Council of St. Louis and Vicinity, presented the final report from a work group he served on with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Development Expert Urges STL Collaboration
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/11/15)
    If the St. Louis region wants to grow development and employment, the first order of business is to put an end to Missouri/Illinois and urban/rural political squabbles. That’s what Chris Chung, CEO, of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) told the audience at Construction Forum STL’s quarterly networking/speaker event Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CEO Program makes student entrepreneurs
    (The Alton Telegraph, 9/14/15)
    A new program coming to Riverbend high school students will aim to help students learn valuable business skills. The Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) Program was created by the Effingham, Illinois-based Midland Institute. It partners local school districts with local businesses to effectively teach students the ins and outs of business while encouraging them to follow their own creativity and have confidence in their ideas. It also is entirely funded by businesses’ investors, costing nothing to taxpayers and financially-strained school districts.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nonprofit Health System Executive Brings After-School Chess Program to Ferguson-Florissant Schools
    (The Daily Signal, 9/16/15)
    An after-school chess program for 20 elementary and middle schools in the Ferguson-Florissant school district started with a simple conversation between a father and his 10-year-old son.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    'Laser focus' helps St. Louis charter school succeed
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/15)
    When Charlesetta Clark began teaching preschool at North Side Community School, she set up her room as though she were teaching kindergarten. And for good reason. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nicklaus: Tax credit would be better for workers than minimum wage hike
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/15/15)
    Pro-business groups always seem to be on the defensive in debates over the minimum wage, but they don’t have to be. Groups such as the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Missouri Restaurant Association are absolutely right when they argue that a big increase in the wage floor will destroy jobs. Unfortunately, voters don’t want to hear that. They’re swayed more by tales of hardship than by cold, hard logic. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    FERGUSON COMMISSION NEWS
    Ferguson commission calls for sweeping changes to deal with racial inequity
    (USA Today, 9/14/15)
    A commission appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon in the aftermath of last year’s unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is calling for a series of sweeping steps to attack the issue of racial inequity in the St. Louis region.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Commission Recommends Drastic Overhaul of City Policing System
    (MSN, 9/14/15)
    A drastic overhaul of policing and the criminal justice system in Ferguson, Missouri, and the surrounding region is needed to address the unfair treatment of black residents, according to a panel established by the state’s governor after last year’s civil unrest. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Political EYE: A comprehensive master plan for addressing racial inequity
    (St. Louis American, 9/14/15)
    "Those who say dismissive things about urban unrest commissions tend to say, “All they can do is issue a report.” If all the Ferguson Commission could do was issue a report, then they deserve high praise for issuing a well researched, simply stated and urgent report on “the social and economic conditions that impede progress, equality and safety in the St. Louis region.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Commission Report Highlights Racial Inequality In St. Louis Region
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/14/15)
    Out today - recommendations from the Ferguson Commission. The independent panel created after the death of Michael Brown calls for new use-of-force policies for police, new guidelines for when court should issue arrest warrants and more - 189 recommendations in all, stretching from Missouri law enforcement and the justice system to housing, health, education and income. And high up in the report is this plain statement. We have not moved beyond race. The Rev. Starsky Wilson is co-chair of the commission. I asked him about the decision to use such blunt language. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lessons the Ferguson Commission can learn from the history of commissions
    (KSDK, 9/14/15)
    The history of the United States often repeats itself. Ferguson in 2014. Cincinnati in 2001. Los Angeles in 1992. Newark and Detroit in 1967, LA 1965. Black communities simmered before exploding into riots, violence, and destruction, followed by commissions recommending change. Dr. Lindsey Lupo, a political science professor at Point Loma Nazarine University in San Diego, is an expert on so-called riot commissions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Remarks by Gov. Nixon at the Ferguson Commission meeting
    (Office of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, 9/14/15)
    "The way to prove this work means something is to do something,” Gov. Nixon says. St. Louis, MO - Below are the prepared remarks given by Gov. Jay Nixon today at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley, at a meeting of the Ferguson Commission, in which the commission released its final report.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson panel recommends police, court reform, transparency
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/15)
    A reform panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown is recommending the consolidation of the metro area's police departments and municipal courts, a newspaper reported Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon and others have scheduled an afternoon news conference to release details of the Ferguson Commission report that has been 10 months in the making. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1iIoMSQ ) received a copy of the commission's 198-page report ahead of its official release.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson panel recommends merging police, other changes
    (Associated Press, 9/14/15)
    The co-chairman of a panel formed after the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown says the group's report "reveals uncomfortable truths about this region we call home." Rich McClure and other Ferguson Commission members joined Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at a news conference Monday to discuss the panel's 198-page report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    With report in governor's hands, Ferguson commissioners look to the future
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/14/15)
    In the turbulent days before a grand jury decided not to indict a former Ferguson police officer that shot and killed Michael Brown, Gov. Jay Nixon was asked why he needed a commission to figure out what ails the St. Louis region. His answer then was personal. His reaction to the actual report issued by the Ferguson Commission is for the entire state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Responds to Commissions’ Report
    (KMOX, 9/14/15)
    The Ferguson Commission released their findings on racial disparity in the region on Monday. Commission Co-chair Starskey Wilson says the 10-month study of underlying conditions that erupted after Michael Brown was shot, will be tough to fix. There seems to be wide gaps between blacks and whites in St. Louis, even life expectancies by zip code. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ‘Pressure will result in action’: Ferguson Commission challenges community to effect change
    (St. Louis American, 9/14/15)
    After nine months of research, public meetings, community outreach and occasionally overcoming ridicule, a commission tasked with helping the St. Louis region address its issues with racial inequity released its final report on Monday, September 14. The Ferguson Commission issued 189 calls to action, with a smaller set of “Signature” priorities, all viewed through “the lens of racial equity.” >> CLICK FOR MORE