• 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
    (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
    (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 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
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    Nicklaus: After Silicon Valley sojourn, Cofactor is poised for growth
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/11/15)
    It’s rare for a company from the middle of the country to be chosen for Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s oldest and most prestigious boot camp for startup technology companies. It’s even rarer when that company is seven years old, well beyond most people’s definition of a startup. Still, the founders of Cofactor Genomics, a genetic research company in the Central West End, spent the summer at Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View, Calif., and they’re glad they did. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startup Challenge Winners Announced
    (WBGZ Radio, 9/9/15)
    The Metro East Start-Up Challenge has announced its winners for 2015. The Challenge seeks to identify, reward and support entrepreneurs across the Small Business Development Center’s nine-county service area. The director of the center says the second year of the challenge was a success based on the level and quality of participation from both sides of the river.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Enterprise CEO among Fortune's most powerful women in business
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/10/15)
    Enterprise Holdings president and CEO Pamela Nicholson is among Fortune magazine's list of most powerful women in business. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Enterprise Holdings CEO and president
    Pamela Nicholson.

    College of Pharmacy, Wash U partner on research center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/9/15)
    Researchers from St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) and Washington University School of Medicine are collaborating for the first time in the creation of the Center for Clinical Pharmacology. The center’s five laboratories occupy 12,000 square feet of the sixth floor in STLCOP’s recently completed building at the intersection of Taylor and Duncan avenues in the Central West End. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square could go public by end of 2015
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/10/15)
    Reports first surfaced over the summer about Square, the multibillion-dollar mobile payments company founded by native St. Louisans Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, going public. At the time, no detail in terms of timing was given.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Landmark gives rise to co-working space
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    The buzz of saws and crash of hammers are thick in the air these days as a city landmark slowly evolves into one of the first serious efforts to ignite the co-working industry in southwestern Illinois. The second floor of the historic Turner Hall is being transformed into a co-working space and training area that will be used by entrepreneurs and others who want to make use of the facilities as an alternative to a home office or traditional work setting.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Alton Memorial Hospital earns six national awards
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    Alton Memorial Hospital won six prestigious honors at the 2015 PRC (Professional Research Consultants) National Excellence in Healthcare Conference, held this summer in Scottsdale, Ariz.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE, McKendree and Lindenwood named top Midwestern universities
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/9/15)
    Two metro-east schools and a third with strong ties to the area have been named to US News & World Report’s 2016 list of best regional universities in the Midwest.
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ranks 44th on the list, McKendree University is 68th and Lindenwood University, which is based in St. Charles, Mo. but has its largest satellite campus in Belleville and an extension center in Collinsville, is ranked 108th.
    SIUE boasts record-high student enrollment
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has exceeded its previous record student enrollment by a 2 percent increase over last year, school officials reported today. The university registered an all-time high of 14,265 students for the fall 2015 semester. Overall enrollment leaped by 293 students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edwardsville makes list of 50 safest college towns
    (KSDK-TV, 9/9/15)
    The City of Edwardsville ranked high on the 2015 SafeWise Report of the 50 Safest College Towns in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LCCC partners with association to offer new HR courses
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)
    Lewis and Clark Community College has partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management to offer courses to help human resources professionals earn necessary credentials.The society is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management, and the new courses will help prepare human resources professionals for the society’s new competency-based certification: the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM –CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credentials. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    U.S. News: Wash U Tied at No. 15 Best College in U.S.
    (KMOX Radio, 9/10/15)
    Washington University in St. Louis tied for the 15th best college in the U.S., as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Cornell University and Vanderbilt University also were named at the 15 spot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Dirt To Move on Multimodal Project
    (WBGZ Radio, 9/10/15)
    A major milestone is within reach with the Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center project. The Alton City Council has approved a contract amendment with Juneau Associates, Inc. that will allow them to proceed with work associated with the design and construction of the project.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Airport Manager Predicts Economic Growth
    (WBGZ Radio, 9/8/15)
    The variety of transportation options in and around the region is one reason the manager of St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto thinks the area is ready to explode with new development. The airport is located on Highway 111, just off Illinois 255.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    BlackS in Energy local chapter awards scholarships
    (St. Louis American, 9/10/15)
    The Southeastern Missouri/Southern Illinois chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) recently awarded academic scholarships to eight students in the greater St. Louis area: Quentin Phillips, Bellefontaine; Oghenetejiri Agbigbe, Florissant; Karlie Thornton, Florissant; Nicolas Wyer, St. Charles; Robert Enyard, St. Louis; Jazmen Bell, St. Louis; India Bradley, St. Louis; and Joshua Popoola, St. Louis.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    SunEdison to take stake in Dominion portfolio for $300 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/15)
    SunEdison, the Maryland Heights-based renewable energy developer, has agreed to buy 33 percent of a 425 megawatt solar portfolio from Dominion Resources for about $300 million.  The deal is being financed through a partnership with J.P Morgan Asset Management (Global Real Assets), which was also announced Tuesday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri History Museum takeover of Soldiers Memorial clears another hurdle
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/9/15)
    The Missouri History Museum moved another step closer to taking over operations of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis. Trustees voted Wednesday at a special board meeting. Missouri Historical Society Chairman Harry Rich said this is a fantastic deal for the city. “There’s an opportunity for a major improvement in a facility that will still be owned by the city,” he said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Study: Region is a multimodal freight hub primed for growth
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/15)

    Laclede's Landing poised for a comeback
    (KSDK-TV, 9/7/15)
    Big Muddy Blues Festival wrapped up this weekend, but business owners say it's been a big shot to the arm for one St. Louis tourist attraction. Some businesses on Laclede's Landing have closed up shop during the arch grounds construction, but some now say it's ready for a comeback. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fairview Elementary is 2015 Monsanto School of Excellence
    (St. Louis American, 9/10/15)
    Fairview Primary School in the Jennings School District is just a couple of miles away from West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive – the area known as Ferguson Ground Zero. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Business briefing: So far, local home sales improved over last year
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/10/15)
    This year is looking better than last year for the metro-east housing market. Home sales in St. Clair and Madison counties are higher than they were at this point last year. The latest numbers from the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois in Belleville and the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in Glen Carbon reveal sales gains through the first seven months of the year over 2014.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Secretary of Defense seeks alliance with academics, private enterprise at St. Louis event
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/9/15)
    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was speaking to his own crowd here Wednesday when he addressed an auditorium full of engineers, scientists, business leaders and military personnel, few in uniform. They gave him a standing ovation before he even got started. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stay Tuned: Stadium Status
    (Nine Network of Public Media, 9/11/15)
    "St. Louis has 99 problems but a stadium isn’t one in my personal opinion. We have a whole host of things we need to fix before even being concerned about whether the Rams stay or go,” states Tishaura Jones, treasurer of the City of St. Louis, in Friday night’s [tonight’s] episode of Stay Tuned, broadcast September 11 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.  >> CLICK FOR MORE