• St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 21, 2015
    GlobalHack V is making St. Louis a Winner
    (Accelerate St. Louis, 8/19/15)
    GlobalHack is making the St. Louis tech community better through hackathons. A hackathon is a programming competition where software developers, designers and entrepreneurs from around the country build products over the course of a weekend. The winners are awarded cash prizes that reach $50,000+, but the real winner is St. Louis as we have the opportunity to showcase our city and the local talent that drives our growing entrepreneurial culture.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ikea's pre-opening events include hot air balloon, day at Ballpark Village
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/18/15)
    Six weeks before it opens its doors to customers on Sept. 30, Ikea employees are busy assembling furniture for 46 room settings at the new St. Louis store and planning a month filled with activities.Rows upon rows of stacked dishes, sheets and other home accessories are now in place at the 380,000-square-foot store under construction on Vandeventer Avenue at Highway 40 (Interstate 64). It's the Swedish retailer's only U.S. store opening in 2015.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Dollar to join Ludeman at Concordance Academy 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/19/15)
    Gary Dollar, former president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, will take on the job of chief administrative officer of the Concordance Academy of Leadership effective Aug. 24. Danny Ludeman, former head of Wells Fargo Advisors and now president and CEO of the St. Louis-based academy, announced the appointment Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Chamber Annual Event:
    Creating Tomorrow Together – St. Louis Innovators

    Register today to attend the St. Louis Regional Chamber Annual Event No. 178 on September 16. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/19/15)
    Better Weekdays, a St. Louis-based job-matching software company, has been chosen to participate in a Chicago business incubator run by DeVry Education Group. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Black engineers bond to boost STEM
    (The St. Louis American, 8/20/15)

    The Pre-College Initiative of the National Society of Black Engineers, St. Louis Chapter,
    is located at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Rd. in Ferguson.
    More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program.

    The St. Louis Gateway chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a group of professional engineers who are the driving force behind developing the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders. One of our main thrusts is to interest students in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), because we understand science, technology, engineering and math liberal arts degrees are the degrees of the 21st century. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HUD chief Castro awards St. Louis County $26 million in development funds
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/19/15)
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide more than $26 million to St. Louis County for residential and commercial development. It’s the second time in recent months HUD made a high-profile resources-related announcement in the St. Louis area.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Israel-Based Evogene Establishes US Headquarters In St. Louis, Missouri
    (Area Development News, 8/17/15)
    Israeli biotechnology company Evogene will establish its United States headquarters at the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Evogene’s expansion includes a $1 million capital investment and is expected to create 15 new high-paying jobs in the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Libla talks transportation with STL Regional Chamber
    (The Missouri Times, 8/18/15)
    The state lawmaker that championed an increase in the gas tax to fund Missouri’s roads was invited to the St. Louis Regional Chamber Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting today to discuss continuing efforts to funnel more money into MoDOT. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri board OKs tax credits to build a stadium for St. Louis Rams
    (Los Angeles Times, 8/21/15)
    A Missouri board approved $15 million in tax credits Tuesday for a new riverfront football stadium in downtown St. Louis, the first piece of an effort by state leaders aimed at either preventing the Rams from moving west or luring another team to the city in their place.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Gainsight among fastest of the fastest-growing companies
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
    More than 40 St. Louis-based companies were among the nation’s fastest growing businesses, with Mid America Logistics topping the local ranking at No. 77 on the Inc. 5,000 list. But another company with significant St. Louis was growing even faster. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Loans available for energy improvements
    (Missouri Department of Economic Development, 8/18/15)
    The Missouri Department of Economic Development is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals. In total, the Department is making $7.5 million available for these entities to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    11 finalists named for first Stadia Ventures’ sports accelerator
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/19/15)
    Stadia Ventures, the new St. Louis startup accelerator that focuses on early stage sports companies, has narrowed its applicant field from almost 200 startups to 11 finalists.From those 11 startups, five will be selected to take part in Stadia’s first accelerator program, which will invest $100,000 into companies for an equity stake. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Now hiring in IT: SKF, Salvation Army, Centene and St. Louis startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
    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.The following are a few places you can find jobs in the tech industry in St. Louis right now. Or you can check out a full list of St. Louis tech jobs here.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How to get a piece of $4.7 billion in MSD work
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/17/15)
    The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is in the early stages of a 23-year project to meet requirements of a $4.7 billion settlement it reached in 2011 with the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s good news for construction companies with the right experience.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local bank pledges donations for #HowIFight
    (KTVI, 8/19/15)
    Shawn Hagan, regional president of Fifth Third Bank St. Louis, says the bank will donate $1 to the Stand Up 2 Cancer charity for each photo using the hashtag #HowIFight on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine. Since partnering with SU2C in 2013, Fifth Third Bank has given more than $4.2 million to the charity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Health record startup snags $1.7 million financing
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
    Cultivation Capital’s Life Sciences Fund has led a $1.66 million financing round for St. Louis-based startup BlueStrata. BlueStrata, founded in 2012 and led by President Tony Coco, is a cloud-based electronic health record system that caters to the long-term care market. Coco is a former director of marketing services and brand management for Victor Technologies, a cutting and welding equipment provider that was acquired in 2014 by Maryland-based Colfax Corp. for $947 million.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    New regional district looks to multimodal freight management for economic growth
    (Alton Telegraph, 8/20/15)
    Different sectors met Thursday morning to hear the state of freight in the region, particularly Southwest Illinois, and officially learned the St. Louis Regional Freight District formed six weeks ago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bi-State Development agency promoting overall role, not just Metro
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/18/15)
    For many years people often referred to the Bi-State Development Agency as Metro, the public transit arm of the development agency. However, Bi-State does more than just provide public transportation in the region. Bi-State Development Agency, the parent agency of Metro, has launched a renewed marketing effort to promote the Bi-State Development brand as more than just a transit agency, and emphasize its role in development.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    KWAME to Manage Maryville Expansion/Renovation
    (Construction Forum STL, 8/18/15)
    Maryville University in St. Louis has contracted Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as construction project manager on a $1.1 million expansion and athletic office renovation at the John E. and Adaline Simon Athletic Center. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2016. The architect is ACI Boland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First Look at World Wide Technologies HQ
    (NextSTL, 8/13/15)
    TIn April of this year it was reported that St. Louis tech behemoth World Wide Technology had signed a letter of intent to construct a new headquarters at Westport Plaza. The move to the new building will be a short one. Currently located at 701 Fee Fee Lane in Maryland Heights, WWT opened a new two-story, 57,200 sf headquarters in 2013. That project included a 150-seat auditorium and specialized video-enabled smart conference rooms and an Executive Briefing Center.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Shell gives Roxana schools $50K
    (Alton Telegraph, 8/20/15)
    While no longer operating the refineries adjacent to Roxana High School, Shell Oil Co. reminded Roxana it was still a part of the community through a $50,000 grant to the Roxana Schools Foundation.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis and Clark clinic to expand services
    (Alton Telegraph, 8/20/15)
    A recent $1.4 million grant to Lewis and Clark Community College will allow its Family Health Clinic to offer comprehensive health services, including basic dental exams, occupational therapy and exercise science.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson gives free school supplies to kids in need
    (KTVI, 8/14/15)
    A Ferguson councilwoman wants to make sure the unrest does not overshadow all the positive things moving forward. Community leaders are giving back in a big way to help families with school supplies.Councilwoman Ella Jones wants the city to move forward in a positive way. That’s why the city of Ferguson, Ferguson-Florissant school district and other organizations provided school supplies to kids in need.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Koman Plans $31M for 34 N. Euclid
    (nextSTL, 8/19/15)
    A proposal by The Koman Group would bring another mixed-use building to the burgeoning Euclid Avenue corridor in the city’s Central West End. The project would include office, retail, and apartments on the narrow 0.4-acre site currently occupied by a single-story retail strip and surface parking lot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    4 Missouri business schools among nation’s best: report
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/20/15)
    Four of Missouri schools have been ranked by consumer finance website NerdWallet.com as among the nation’s top colleges for a prospective business major. Washington University earned the highest ranking locally at No. 13 out of a group of 100. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Valley Insurance Agency Alliance attains elite group status
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a group of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, was recently named to State Auto Insurance Companies’ Inner Circle, an elite group achievement reflective of outstanding sales, professional service and business management. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Krohne to retire as executive director of Leadership Council
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/21/15)
    Ellen Krohne, the executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, has announced plans to retire, and a search will begin immedately for her successor, the agency announced today. Krohne, who has led the development organization since July of 2012, plans to step down this fall to spend more time with her family.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Geotechnology, Inc. expands with acquisition of Thelen Associates
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Geotechnology, Inc., a locally based provider of geotechnical and environmental engineering, geophysics, water resource management, materials testing and drilling services, is poised for rapid expansion. The company announced today that it has purchased substantially all of the assets of Thelen Associates. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maryland Heights Touted by Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live
    (KMOX, 8/18/15)
    Maryland Heights, Missouri listed in Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live in 2015. This year, Money Magazine ranked the 50 best small towns in America, towns with a population between 10 and 50 thousand people.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Inside the undergound Arch Museum renovations
    (KSDK, 8/20/15)
    One of our city's main tourist attractions is one huge construction site right now.
    In our series of stories on the City-Arch-River project, Newschannel Five's Kay Quinn takes us to what is now a huge demolition zone. 
    Boeing to be presenting sponsor of 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    The Boeing Company will be the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Air Show and STEM Expo in honor of the company’s 100th anniversary next year. The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo will be held on May 14-15, 2016, and will be headlined by performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, flying the St. Louis-built Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, and many other flight performances and static-aircraft displays. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 17, 2015
    North St. Louis Charter School Is A First For Missouri
    (KMOX, 8/12/15)

    Aug. 12, 2015 – Mayor Francis Slay speaks to students at Hawthorn Leadership School
    in north St. Louis, the first all-girls public STEM school in Missouri (KMOX/Brett Blume)

    Students at the Hawthorn Leadership School on North Kingshighway were only in their third day of class Wednesday, but they were already making history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    More charter schools opening in St. Louis City
    (KMOV, 8/12/15)
    Eight new charter schools will open in St. Louis for the upcoming school year.St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made the announcement at the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. Hawthorn’s primary focus is on science, technology, engineering and math. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Best Cities for Latinos: St. Louis' Burgeoning, Skilled Latino Population is its Greatest Attraction
    (Latin Post, 8/12/15)

    (Photo : Nan Palmero/Flickr)

    St. Louis, Missouri relies heavily on its manufacturing, trade transportation of goods and tourism industries, but more and more the metropolis has grown to rely on its burgeoning Latino population, which offers the city labor and entrepreneurial spirit.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington U to host Startup Connection in November
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/15)
    Washington University will host the 2015 Startup Connection on Nov. 18, showcasing the city’s innovation, talent and technology.The event, presented by Accelerate St. Louis, is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and is expected to draw more than 1,300 people including entrepreneurs, investors and those working to support startups.
    Hansen named interim chancellor at SIUE
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Stephen Hansen, PhD, will serve as interim chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville effective Saturday, Aug. 15. In a special session today at B. Bernard Birger Hall on the Edwardsville campus, the SIU board of trustees approved Hansen for a one-year appointment, during which a search for a new chancellor will be conducted. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/12/15)
    The leader of an influential downtown St. Louis booster group has resigned. Downtown STL Inc. announced Wednesday that CEO Doug Woodruff will leave his position at the end of the month. Missy Kelley, the group’s chief operating officer, will replace him. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ITEN launches program to pair corporations with tech startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/10/15)
    ITEN is rolling out a new corporate engagement program aimed at bringing together St. Louis corporations and tech startups.The program hopes to foster relationships between established, experienced companies and tech startups using several structured initiatives geared toward connecting the two communities in mutually beneficial ways. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis tech companies thrive on Inc.’s ‘Fastest Growing’ list
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/13/15)
    More than 40 St. Louis-area companies appear in this year’s version of the Inc. 5000, which ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Many of them shared a common trait: tech.Whether it was a tech-based company or a company that has invested heavily in technology, innovation or a dedication to adopting new technology seems to fuel fast growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New freight district head aims to move bi-state forward
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Mary Lamie, the former Illinois Department of Transportation Region 5 director of highways, will put her experience to good use as executive director of the new St. Louis Regional Freight District. “I think the St. Louis region has a lot to gain from this, from an economic development perspective,” said Lamie, who began the job July 1. “The support has been absolutely remarkable and I think everyone recognizes the tremendous opportunity we have as a region.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis a U.S. Model in Workforce Development
    (Construction Forum St. Louis 8/12/15)
    Recent articles in national media show that St. Louis is on the cutting edge for apprenticeship programs, at least in the construction arena. The message is getting out nationally that apprenticeships provide an alternative path to college, with workers getting a tuition-free education and employers gaining a skilled and educated workforce. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Gateway Commerce Center: 5,000 jobs and counting
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    St. Louis developer Mike Towerman got his first look at the land on which Gateway Commerce Center sits in 1992, years before a single wall had been constructed. He admits he underestimated the potential. “A friend of mine sent me over to look at an opportunity at that very interchange — the radio tower property owned by KXEN,” he recalled. “It had a sign on it: ‘70 acres for sale.’ I thought, ‘What is anybody going to do with this?’”>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren investing $4.5 million to upgrade substations, energy delivery in East St. Louis area
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Ameren Illinois is investing $4.5 million in the East St. Louis area on energy infrastructure upgrades to improve the reliability and performance of its delivery systems for residential and business customers throughout southern Illinois.
    The company says the improvements will be placed into service by the end of 2015.
    Urban League national conference coming to STL
    (The St. Louis American, 8/12/15)
    During its 2015 Gala in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Aug. 1, the National Urban League announced it has selected St. Louis as the host city for its 2017 Annual Conference. Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, said the event will bring more than 3,800 attendees to St. Louis. Its Youth Leadership Summit, which will take place concurrently at Washington University, will include approximately 350 young people. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City program uses summer jobs to reduce youth violence
    (KMOV, 8/12/15)
    St. Louis city administrators believe they have found a solution to the frequent question of job and career opportunities available for young African-Americans.City leaders have tackled the situation head-on with the third year of the STL Youth Jobs program, which provides summer job and internship opportunities for under-privileged youth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/13/15)
    Planned or underway are rehabs of old buildings — including a firehouse — that would add more than 200 apartments on the west side of downtown.Work began early this year to redo a 126-year-old brick warehouse built for drying tobacco as 87 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Sherman Associates, a housing developer based in Minneapolis, hopes to complete the project at 1900 Pine Street in December. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Local Study Shows Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment
    (KMOV, 8/5/15)
    A new local study examines insulin’s potential to treat dementia.St. Louis University researchers found that insulin delivered through the nose in a must to mice with Alzheimer’s-like conditions, saw their memory dramatically improve. The SLU researchers are led by Dr. John Morley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wash U gets $7 million Gates grant to fight tropical diseases
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/14/15)
    A Washington University doctor is resuming his battle with long-neglected tropical diseases thanks to a $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant supports a team led by Dr. Gary Weil, an infectious disease specialist at Washington University School of Medicine, that is working to eliminate river blindness and elephantiasis, both parasitic worm diseases. The team is conducting 12 field projects in eight countries in Africa and in the Asia-Pacific region, where the diseases are common. The funding will allow a research project in Liberia to resume after being suspended in March 2014 due to the Ebola epidemic, officials said.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Southwestern Illinois Business Expo inaugural event draws 200 to Collinsville
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/12/15)
    Thirty businesses and more than 200 professionals from the metro area attended the inaugural Southwestern Illinois Business Expo.The inaugural day-long event was Wednesday at the Gateway Center. Richard Avdoian, president of the Edwardsville-based Midwest Business Institute, partnered with monthly business magazine Small Business Monthly to organize the event. Avdoian said he was pleased with the turn out and hopes the expo will become a regularly reoccurring event. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Company Designs Wristband App to Manage Stress
    (KMOX, 8/14/15)
    A St. Louis company is working on an health application that will monitor your mental health from a wristband. It’s similar to the Fitbit technology of reading your heart rate from the pulse on your wrist. The company is Data Dog, and its first app is called Mindset, an app to help you manage your stress. Data Dog CEO Elizabeth Russell says your stress level is monitored from a device on your wrist. She was wearing one during our interview. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Brewery hopes to tap creative minds to deal with drought
    (Los Angeles Times, 8/14/15)
    It's a new approach to an old-school solution for a state gripped by severe drought: Place a brick in a toilet tank to conserve water with every flush.The new version, dubbed Drop-A-Brick 2.0, will be unveiled Thursday as part of an unusual effort to stimulate water-saving inventions through crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. The odd mix of participants includes beer companies (big water users) and water conservation programs (big water scolds). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    McDonald’s gives 24 outstanding students scholarships
    (KTVI, 8/12/15)
    McDonald’s St. Louis and Metro East are teaming up to help 24 outstanding students dream of going to college become a reality. Local owners of McDonald’s Wednesday gave out $72,000 of scholarships to the students.. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Greater East St. Louis Community Fund awards 24 scholarships
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    The Greater East St. Louis Community Fund has awarded 24 scholarships to East St. Louis residents to pay for their college education. Students received scholarships, ranging from $1,000-$4,000, each year for four years.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Donations Power Kids’ Construction Dreams
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 8/12/15)
    Six hundred St. Louis children will soon be able to go to sleep with dreams of the whimsical, anthropomorphic equipment on a construction site, thanks to the donations that two companies made to the Construction Forum Education Foundation.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Year-to-date Metro East home sales on rise
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois says year-to-date home sales numbers are on the rise. In its most recent report, the agency said St. Clair, Monroe, Clinton, and Randolph counties all reported an increase in year-to-date home sales in June 2015 compared to June 2015. Additionally, St. Clair and Clinton counties also recorded a monthly increase in home sales in June 2015 compared to last June.  >> CLICK FOR MORE