• 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
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 07, 2015
    Startup Connection ’15 Set for November 18 at Washington University
    (Accelerate St. Louis, 8/6/15)
    Startup Connection ’15, the St. Louis region’s largest event focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, will be held November 18, on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Startup Connection is the anchor event for Global Entrepreneurship Week, capping a week of activities across the St. Louis region. The event is presented by top sponsor Accelerate St. Louis – a collaborative of regional leaders committed to driving the growth of St. Louis’ regional entrepreneurial movement, connecting and supporting entrepreneurs, and raising awareness of the region’s innovation throughout the world.
    Retired Wells Fargo Exec to Help Ex-Convicts
    (Barron’s, 8/1/15)

    Danny Ludeman at Covenant Theological Seminary. Photo: Paul Nordmann for Barron’s

    For Danny Ludeman, God’s call came in the form of a letter. In the fall of 2013, Ludeman, then 56, announced he would step down after 15 years as CEO of St. Louis–based Wells Fargo Advisors. In a subsequent interview with the local press, he mentioned that after leaving Wells, he wanted to spend 100% of his time “helping other people,” perhaps by running a nonprofit organization. As you might expect, his mailbox was flooded with offers. But one in particular caught his eye.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/5/15)

    Fair St. Louis fireworks light up the St. Louis skyline on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
    This picture was shot from the roof of the Pierre Chouteau building in 4400 Lindell Blvd.
    Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

    Economists at PNC Bank have a cheery view of the St. Louis economy, forecasting more jobs and rising household income over the next couple of years. “For the first time since the recovery from recession began, St. Louis is enjoying steady job growth and labor force gains across the majority of its economic base,” the bank’s economists said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis named top hotspot for entrepreneurial students
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/15)

    Saint Louis University
    St. Louis is among the nation’s top cities for entrepreneurial college programs. In fact, there’s no city in the United States that’s better, according to The Princeton Review. In its annual rankings of all things college, The Princeton Review rated Washington University as the 16th and Saint Louis University 23rd among all college entrepreneurial programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NGA in North St. Louis
    (Stay Tuned, 7/30/15)
    A video from Nine Network on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in North St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Evogene’s work on insect control genes advances to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/4/15)
    Evogene Ltd., a biotech company that has partnered with Monsanto for nearly a decade, announced Tuesday it has completed the discovery round for microbial genes with insecticidal properties.Those genes will be validated against target insects at the company’s R&D site in St. Louis, with that phase to be completed next year, officials said. Inserted into a target crop, such genes and their insecticidal traits protect plants from certain harmful insects.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    ISTO Technologies wins $1.2 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/4/15)
    ISTO Technologies, a privately-held orthobiologics company working to develop ways to repair and regenerate damaged or injured cartilage and bone, has won a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health that is worth up to $1.2 million. The money will be used to help fund pre-clinical research for the application of their biosynthetic scaffold, called InQu, which repairs chondral defects. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Intel: Inside the St. Louis-Israel Innovation Connection
    (Alive St. Louis, 7/24/15)
    If you haven’t yet heard how St. Louis and Israel are connected, you’re not necessarily behind. The formal initiative, forged just last year as BioSTL’s St. Louis-Israel Innovation Connection (SLIIC), brings Startup Nation and our slice of Silicon Prairie together for mutually beneficial business collaborations.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cofactor Genomics now backed by Y Combinator
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/3/15)               
    Cofactor Genomics, a DNA and RNA sequencing service that operates out of the Cortex innovation district, is now a Y Combinator-backed startup. As part of the deal, Cofactor is receiving a $120,000 investment from Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley-based accelerator that is widely considered to be the best in the world for early stage companies, in exchange for a 7 percent equity stake in the company.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fenton, Missouri-Based Mid America Logistics Expands Freight Services
    (Area Development, 8/5/15)
    Fenton, Missouri-based Mid America Logistics continues to expand its rapidly-growing logistics company that provides freight brokerage and asset-based freight services. “Mid America Logistics’ growth has come from capitalizing on our niche in the freight industry with excellent talent, proprietary software and an operating model engineered to provide a robust and great customer experience,” said Mid America Logistics’ Martin Brading. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Community Health Systems to spin off four Southern Illinois hospitals, among others
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/4/15)
    Community Health Systems, Inc. has announced plans to create a new publicly traded hospital company by spinning off to stockholders a group of 38 hospitals, including four in Southern Illinois. Also to be spun off as part of the arrangement is Quorum Health Resources, LLC, a hospital management and consulting business. The new company will be named Quorum Health Corporation to leverage the existing strength of the Quorum brand, the company said. The spin-off is intended to be tax-free to Community Health Systems and its stockholders and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    10 STL Contractors Make ENR List
    (Construction Forum STL, 8/4/15)
    Ten firms either based in St. Louis or with strong St. Louis connections were included in Engineering News-Record’s June 20, 2015 list of the Top Midwest contractors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Impact Completes Granite City Green Community
    (Construction Forum STL, 8/4/15)
    Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies has completed constructing the second phase for the federally-funded Granite City Green Communities project, a nearly $4 million multifamily development located at Nameoki Road and Edwards Street in Granite City, Illinois. The Granite City Housing Authority hired Impact Strategies to lead construction of the project, which began last August and wrapped up at the end of July. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    AFL-CIO Invests $46 million in Multifamily
    (Construction Forum STL, 8/3/15)
    The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) announced today that it is providing $46 million in financing for two multifamily developments in the greater St. Louis area. Cardinal Ritter Senior Services’ St. John Neumann Apartments in Jennings, Missouri, and The Heights at Manhasset Apartments in Richmond Heights, Missouri, will provide 381 units of multifamily housing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Black-owned WA Architects has designs on St. Louis
    (The St. Louis American, 7/30/15)
    For the last several years, WA Architects, a Cincinnati-based black-owned architectural firm, developed a strong focus on health care design, with projects in its hometown, in Pittsburgh and with Washington University Medical Center here in St. Louis. As its focus sharpened, WA hired architects who specialize in health care design from across the nation in order to grow its business. Two years ago, WA expanded from two locations in Ohio to open a third office in downtown St. Louis, based in part on its ongoing work with the BJC campus renewal project>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis U. lowers tuition for first responders
    (AP Press & Fox2Now, 8/6/15)
    Saint Louis University will offer a reduced tuition rate for first responders seeking to pursue bachelor’s degrees or certificates in the university’s School of Professional Studies.The university says the reduced rate of $400 per hour is effective for the fall term, which begins Aug. 17. The rate, more than $200 below the normal hourly rate, is available for both new and returning professional studies students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prosper startup accelerator wins another grant from SBA
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/15)
    Prosper Capital, the St. Louis-based startup accelerator for women-owned businesses, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The grant was announced Tuesday at the White House as part of White House Demo Day. https://www.whitehouse.gov/demo-day Prosper is led by Jennifer Ehlen and is a nonprofit organization that oversees the Prosper Institute. The organization is designed to train and mentor women in the entrepreneurial community. Its for-profit division, Prosper Capital, oversees Prosper’s angel investor network and the accelerator. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    University program seeks to grow young scientists
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/3/15)
    Seventeen high school students have spent the past eight weeks working alongside mentors at Washington University’s medical campus, part of a program designed to attract more young women and minorities to science disciplines at colleges and universities. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that in addition to mentoring, Washington University’s Young Scientist Program pays students $2,500 and provides instruction on applying for college and financial aid.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nixon announces $1M set to help at-risk St. Louis students
    (Fox2Now, 8/5/15)
    About $1 million in Missouri taxpayer money is set to go to an education nonprofit tasked with helping at-risk St. Louis youth.
    Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday announced the money from the Department of Public Safety will pay for an AMIkids Inc. pilot program 
    Gateway Arch to celebrate 50 years
    (KSDK, 8/6/15)
    On October 28 the Arch will celebrate its 50 years of existence, and multiple organizations are planning celebrations for the landmark's landmark birthday.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    A-B invests in HBCU students
    (The St. Louis American, 8/6/15)
    Thirty college students from across the country came to St. Louis from July 23-25 for the fourth annual Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown leadership symposium, where they accepted $150,000 in scholarships while participating in workshops on career planning and leadership development. Legends of the Crown, a program Anheuser-Busch created in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is an investment in the development of the next generation of leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Each student received a $5,000 scholarship. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Higher Education: SWIC to partner with SIUC to offer aviation classes
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/5/15)
    Southern Illinois University Carbondale will offer its bachelor of science degree in aviation management through off-campus classes at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville beginning this month. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Girl Scouts get $25,000 robotic boost from Monsanto Fund
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund to support Girl Scout STEM Robotics Leadership in Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair counties.Robotics are a key component of GSSI’s commitment to giving girls opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)..>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Veterans and volunteers conduct an extreme makeover for Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center
    (KTVI, 8/1/15)
    A new playground, a new sidewalk, two new libraries plus a new brick walkway and more, all in five hours: It would take an army to pull that off. It was “mission accomplished” Saturday for an Olympic great and St. Louis area kids in need. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Funding for Ferguson: Investments, Donations Add Up to Hundreds of Millions of Dollars
    (KMOX, 8/6/15)
    KMOX News this week is taking a look at how much financial support has been promised to Ferguson, Dellwood, and surrounding communities in response to last year’s Ferguson unrest and cries for change.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Effort continues to help Ferguson area businesses a year after shooting
    (Illinois Business Journal, 8/15)
    Some $800,000 has been raised to help rebuild the business base in the North County area of St. Louis in the year since unrest began over the Michael Brown shooting, a sponsoring organization said today. Almost one year ago, the St. Louis Regional Business Council organized the Reinvest North County Fund as an immediate business response when civil unrest began in Ferguson. To date, more than $262,000 has been given to 55 small businesses and another $238,000 has been given to provide capacity-building assistance. Some $235,000 has been given to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Riverview Gardens School District and Jennings School District. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hope Center Receives Grant
    (WBGZ Radio 8/7/15)
    The Community Hope Center has won a $60,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The grant will allow the center to continue to serve its clients in a way many who donate don’t often think about – the transportation end of the service. Denise Ukena, Assistant Executive Director at the center, tells The Big Z they hope to buy a pair of delivery trucks with the money. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HOK’s STL Engages Employees, Clients, Community
    (Construction Forum STL, 8/3/15)
    HOK is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding in St. Louis with a renewed commitment to Downtown St. Louis in new office space that engages employees, clients and the downtown community. The firm has re-interpreted one of its earlier building designs at 10 South Broadway to capitalize on its location between the neighboring Ballpark Village and the Gateway Arch grounds, which is being remodeled. That includes reactivating the plaza at Market and Fourth streets while creating an optimal office environment and space for community engagement. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology unveils new headquarters as part of Westport Plaza expansion plan
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/7/15)
    Tax incentives for a $95 million plan to expand and renovate Westport Plaza were discussed Thursday night at a Maryland Heights City Council meeting. The plans include a new headquarters for World Wide Technology. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the process began by convening a special tax commission to review the project.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Post reports Q3 profit as acquisitions thrive
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/7/15)
    Post Holdings' gross profit more than doubled in the fiscal third quarter of 2015 to $316.5 million, thanks to the 2014 acquisition of Michael Foods.The consumer packaged goods holding company posted fiscal third-quarter net earnings of $19.8 million, compared with a loss of $39.3 million in the prior-year quarter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Frank Viverito is bringing big time sporting events to St. Louis
    (The St. Louis American, 8/15)
    Palmer Alexander III of The St. Louis American and stlamerican.com sits down with Frank Viverito, president of the St. Louis Sports Commission. Viverito talks about St. Louis' efforts to bring a Final Four back to STL, the St. Louis Rams stadium situation, and what the St. Louis Sports Commission is doing to bring the biggest and best events to the region.>> CLICK FOR MORE