• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 31, 2015
    Boeing’s Growler Program Manager Optimistic About Line’s Future
    (KMOX, 7/29/15)

    MSF15-0029 Australian Growler First Flight B/75 Boeing Aircraft Delivery center, St. Louis,
    Req. # 280683 (Provided by Boeing)
    As the Royal Australian Air Force took delivery of the first of 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler fighter jets on Wednesday, the manager of the Growler project was speaking optimistically about the future of the Hazelwood production line. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A St. Louis community has faith-based response to climate change
    (Gateway to Sustainability, 7/15)
    The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Missouri Gateway chapter and Missouri Interfaith Power and Light are both based in St. Louis, and the common ground doesn’t stop there.A national organization with chapters all across the country, Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) advances energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy in congregations and religious communities as a faith-based response to climate change. “The congregations that support Missouri IPL have a specific interest in reducing their carbon footprint and their buildings’ energy use,” says Emily Andrews, executive director of the Missouri Gateway chapter. Last year, thanks to a USGBC Impact Grant, the Missouri chapters partnered to provide energy audits for 10 congregations around St. Louis.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/31/15)
    The jitney, a sort of bus service provided by individual Model T owners, was the Uber of a century ago. Like the modern ride-hailing app, jitneys posed a threat to a long-established transportation monopoly. The streetcar lines fought them at least as hard as today’s taxi companies are battling Uber, and in most cities they succeeded in getting the jitneys regulated out of business. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Busch Stadium to host World Cup Qualifier
    (KSDK, 7/31/15)
    ST. LOUIS - The World Cup may be 3 years away, but the qualifying is just around the corner, and one of the first steps for the United States will be held in Busch Stadium. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cards, Fox Sports Midwest reach lucrative TV deal  
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/30/15)
    Capitalizing on their history of success and baseball’s skyrocketing value as real-time TV, the Cardinals have reached a deal with Fox Sports Midwest that will guarantee the team more than $1 billion and assert for years to come their televised presence in a broad, devoted region.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Grants’ startups stay successful—and most stay in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/28/15)
    Sparo Labs is a good poster child for where entrepreneurial spirit can take you in St. Louis. Co-founders Andrew Brimer and Abby Cohen went to Washington University together—Brimer is a St. Louis native, and Cohen moved from Michigan—and generated the idea for their product, the Wing, in their last year of college. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Confluence Life Sciences raises $2.4 million  
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/27/15)
    Confluence Life Sciences, a startup developing drugs to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases, has raised $2.4 million from a group of investors that includes BioGenerator, Mercury Fund, Epidarex Capital, Missouri Technology Corporation, the St. Louis Arch Angels and others. The money will be used to support clinical studies.e >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Increased membership leads to higher profit at Centene
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/28/15)
    Managed health care provider Centene Corp. greatly expanded its membership, leading to higher second-quarter profit and revenue.Managed care membership rose to 4.6 million in the quarter, up 38 percent from the same period last year. Revenue totaled $5.5 billion, up from $4 billion, and profit increased 83 percent, to $88 million>> CLICK FOR MORE
    SunEdison Inc. becomes official solar energy partner of NASCAR
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/30/15)
    SunEdison Inc. has been named the "Official Solar Energy Partner of NASCAR Green," the Maryland Heights-based renewable energy development company and NASCAR announced Thursday.The goal of the partnership is to build on the expanded use of solar technology at race team shops and race tracks across the country. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioGenerator among investors in health technology startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/28/15)
    TheEpharmix, a St. Louis-based health technology startup that creates condition-specific digital interventions for medical care, has raised $765,000 from a group of five investors. One investor is the BioGenerator. The rest of the investment group was not disclosed.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nike decides on office space in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/24/15)
    Nike has reached an agreement to take office space in Shaw Park Plaza, the 14-story office building at the corner of Forsyth and Brentwood boulevards in Clayton.Terms of the lease, which still hasn’t been signed, were not disclosed>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Illinois American Water to invest $12 million in East St. Louis Water Treatment
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    Illinois American Water’s Interurban District, which serves the communities of East St. Louis, Granite City, Belleville and surrounding areas, will invest approximately $12 million at the East St. Louis Water Treatment Plant to enhance operations.
    The project began earlier this year and will continue into 2016..
    Panera revenue rises 7% amid sales growth
    (Market Watch, 7/28/15)
    Panera Bread Co. said Tuesday that its revenue grew 7% in the June quarter as sales edged up at company-owned cafes. Shares rose about 7% in recent after-hours trading as the company indicated a strong start to the current quarter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $4.2 million dental clinic comes to St. Charles
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/24/15))
    Crider Health Center has completed construction of a clinic in St. Charles that will house behavioral and dental services. The $4.2 million facility, located at 102 Compass Point Drive, requires approximately 60 staff members. Crider employs 520 workers, and its parent company, Compass Health Network, employs approximately 2,000>> CLICK FOR MORE
    5 Up-and-Coming Smaller Markets
    (National Real Estate Investor, 7/29/15)
    The St. Louis saw a 126 percent increase in investment sales in the first six months of 2015, to about $1.6 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors recognized for transactions
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors recently picked up three significant honors recognizing the company’s success in the real estate industry. RISMedia released its 2015 Power Broker Survey where Coldwell Banker Brown ranked in the top 500 based on transactions closed, coming in at 366 nationally. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Summer program at Harris-Stowe gives science students a boost
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/27/15)
    Some incoming freshmen at Harris-Stowe State University are getting their first taste of college life — and a crash course in math and science.Every summer, the Academy for Science & Mathematics provides up to 25 students with free room and board and a $1000 stipend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    25th annual Jobs Plus fair planned for September
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    Employers in the St. Louis Metropolitan area are being invited to participate in Jobs Plus '15, a job fair to be held Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville. The 25th annual event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. and registration is free.The event is coordinated by Madison County Employment and Training Department. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis youth get more than just jobs from summer job program 
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/26/15)
    He starts each morning with a bus ticket and a business goal. Mahleek Dailey, 18, is the rider. He calls men “sir” and has a quiet, studious persona. At home, they call him “tech guy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rebound seen in construction, exports, startups
    (The St. Louis American, 7/28/15)
    The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership’s annual report outlines major developments and trends that significantly impacted the regional economy since its 2013 inception. St. Louis celebrated big wins in 2014 and the progress of many projects – Boeing’s 2,000 jobs announcement, Monsanto’s $450 million investment, a new developer for the former Chrysler site, and more than $45 million in grants via St. Louis County Port Authority’s Community Reinvestment Fund. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developers say up to 500 jobs possible for Illinois 15 project
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/29/15)
    Up to 500 jobs could be created in the Hofbrauhaus, hotel, restaurant and sports complex planned for Illinois 15 across from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, developers said Tuesday. The combined value of the new developments could be worth up to $73 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE introduces master’s in integrative studies
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is introducing a master’s in integrative studies that will be available for the fall 2015 semester. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the program during June. “Our society’s quickly changing pace is creating new career opportunities for individuals trained in multiple disciplines,” said Parviz Ansari, (left) provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “The master’s of integrative studies allows students to access expertise from two different areas and integrate courses into a degree that meets the students’ interests and demands of emerging career fields.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE awarded $1.5 million federal grant for East St. Louis clinic
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has been awarded a $1.5 million, three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The interdisciplinary grant provides funding for the School of Nursing, along with the SIUE Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine, and the SIUE Department of Social Work, to greatly expand the scope of services provided at the WeCare Clinic on the East St. Louis campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wells Fargo’s 15-year ride to $20 billion in loans
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/31/15)
    Paul Kalsbeek was running commercial lending for Commerce Bank in 2000 when he was approached by Wells Fargo, which was interested in starting a regional commercial lending office in St. Louis. He decided to go for it, even though Wells Fargo had no presence or reputation here and he would start with a loan portfolio of zero. “Day one, it was me and a cellphone,” Kalsbeek said. “I called my boss and asked him what he wanted me to do. He said, ‘We don’t know. We’ve never done it before.’ We were the first office outside of the Wells Fargo footprint.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Creve Coeur company raises $7.3 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/30/15)
    Advanced ICU Care Inc., one of the nation’s largest providers of telemedicine for intensive care units, has raised more than $7.3 million from investors. The equity raise included investments from 13 investors, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors included Silicon Valley-based Trident Capital, San Francisco-based Versant Ventures, Michigan-based Arboretum Ventures and Toronoto-based Catalyst Capital, along with investments from Advanced ICU management. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 24, 2015
    Good policing is good for business
    (The St. Louis American, 7/23/15)
    Last week, Governor Nixon signed Senate Bill 5 into law. State Senator Eric Schmitt worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to craft a law that ensures our municipal courts can once again be seen as centers of justice rather than sources of revenue. Now, we must turn our attention to new solutions in policing as we work together to restore trust in our justice system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    McCaskill lays out concerns about highway spending, budget cuts and bid for NGA
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/17/15) 

    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says she’s a strong supporter of a multi-year federal highway bill, and she’s willing to go along with House Speaker John Boehner’s call to mesh any long-term transportation package with a broader look at federal tax policy. McCaskill told St. Louis business leaders Friday that such a measure could provide state officials with more flexibility to direct the federal money to needed transportation projects.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maker Movement makes its mark in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/15)
    Jobs as hair salon manager, magician’s assistant and even animator for a Comedy Central program failed to satisfy artist Kristen Kempton’s urge to create. When she began designing and making women’s clothing, one silk-screened tunic and dress at a time, she found the artistic release she craved. Kempton launched her one-woman company, named it Fink (as in “Fashion + Ink”), and began selling her garments, mostly on the Etsy online marketplace.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Kansas pharmaceutical firm creating jobs in Maryland Heights
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/20/15)
    The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Monday unveiled ProPharma Group’s plan to establish a new medical information contact center in Maryland Heights. The Kansas-based company, which provides compliance services to the medical device, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, is new to Missouri. The center will open with 10 employees and expects to have 36 employees within several years, according to the Department of Economic Development. The staff will include nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Angel Vendors: How Big Businesses In St. Louis Are Encouraging Entrepreneurship -- Inside And Outside Of Their Own Companies
    (Forbes, 7/24/15)
    A little over a decade ago, Matthew Porter was tossing and turning in bed as he mulled over quitting his job to launch a web services firm with a former co-worker. Tired of his tortured deliberations, Porter’s eight-month pregnant wife, Courtney, turned to him and said, “You don’t get to tell our kids to follow their dreams if you don’t follow yours. That makes you a hypocrite.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forbes ranks St. Louis 7th most affordable large city
    (KMOV, 7/21/15)
    St. Louis has been named one of the most affordable large cities to live in, according to Forbes magazine.
    Forbes ranked St. Louis the seventh most affordable city with a population of 600,000 or more. 
    St. Louis hospital among U.S. News’ ‘best’
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/21/15)
    Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been named to the US News Best Hospitals Honor Roll for the 23rd consecutive year. The Honor Roll features 17 Best Hospitals that scored near the top in at least six specialties. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri ranks 28th for total venture capital investment in Q2
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/17/15)
    Venture capitalists poured $35.9 million into Missouri companies in the second quarter this year, up from just $8.6 million invested last quarter but down from $78.4 million invested in Missouri companies during the second quarter of 2014, when cloud-based technologies developer Lumeris raised$71 million.That’s according to the MoneyTree Report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The money was raised via six deals, most notably a pair of financings for St. Louis companies Clearent, which raised $25 million during the quarter, and Vasculox, which raised $7.3 million.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Commission banks on enthusiasm for implementation as work winds down
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/20/15)
    After months of deliberation and debate, the Ferguson Commission produced roughly 200 initial recommendations – an ambitious output for an entity charged with the job of issuing a report. But Ferguson Commission managing director Bethany Johnson-Javois said the commission’s “calls to action” are purposefully aspirational. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Save Our Sons' program providing job training in North County 
    (KMOV, 7/23/15)
    A young St. Louis County man said a choice he made four months ago changed the course of his life. William Ruffin, 21, grew up with Michael Brown and said his death led to a new way to look at life. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis started the Save Our Sons program in response to the unrest in Ferguson and Ruffin took advantage of the resources>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson hires black interim police chief
    (CNN, 7/22/15))
    Andre Anderson says his main task will be to restore trust between Ferguson's predominantly black populace and the Missouri city's mostly white police force. Anderson, the city's first African-American head of police, believes he's the right man for the job.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Uber Vows to Recruit 2,000 Drivers, Enlists NAACP To Help Make Regulatory Case
    (KMOX, 7/21/15)
    Uber vows to create 2,000 new, local driver jobs if the ride service is allowed to operate in St. Louis City and County. Uber says it is partnering with the NAACP and the ‘Ferguson 1000′ organization to recruit UberX drivers, who make their own schedules and decide when they want to work. The company says drivers could make as much as $15 to $20 an hour. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE Science and Engineering Research Challenge awarded $20,000 from Monsanto Fund
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Science and Engineering Research Challenge is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from Monsanto Fund. The regional competition has been hosted on the SIUE campus since 1984. It provides local fifth to 12th graders an opportunity to showcase their skills and demonstrate enthusiasm in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    McKendree University makes ‘Great College to Work For’ Honor Roll
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    McKendree University has made The Chronicle of Higher Education's “Great College to Work For” Honor Roll in seven categories. McKendree is one of 42 colleges and universities on the 2015 Honor Roll -- and the only one of those from Illinois. In all, 86 institutions — 62 four-year and 24 two-year— achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ikea St. Louis completes largest rooftop solar array in Missouri
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/21/15)
    Home furnishings retailer Ikea has completed the installation of solar panels atop its St. Louis store, slated to open Sept. 30. Once operational, the rooftop solar installation will be the largest in the state of Missouri, officials said Tuesday. The store’s 259,000-square-foot solar array comprises a 1.28-megawatt system, built with 4,085 panels. It will produce 1.78 million killowatt hours of electricity a year for the store.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lambert passenger count rises in first half of 2015
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/22/15)
    Lambert-St. Louis International Airport saw its passenger traffic uptick slightly in the second quarter as well as the first half of 2015, and remains the nation’s 31st busiest airport based on last year’s traffic, officials said Wednesday. The airport saw a 1.5 percent increase in passengers in the second quarter, to 3,336,133, compared with second quarter 2014. Passenger traffic dipped 1.2 percent in June, after increases in April of 3.3 percent and May of 2.6 percent compared with a year ago, Lambert officials said Wednesday. Lambert’s passenger traffic grew 2 percent in the first quarter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KWAME to manage $5.7 million North St. Louis County firehouse construction projects
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 7/21/15)
    The Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District (NEAFPD) in St. Louis County has contracted Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) as project manager on construction of a new $5.7 million firehouse at 7100 Natural Bridge Road, Beverly Hills, Missouri. The architect is JEMA. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A.T. Still receives $1.2 million HRSA grant to enhance primary care education
    (The St. Louis American, 7/22/15)
    A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) announced today a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Grant funding will enhance primary care education and better prepare medical students to reduce health disparities and barriers to care for vulnerable populations, improve patient engagement, and become leaders in the Primary Care Workforce Competencies endorsed by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Advanced Particle Technology: Using Science to Clean Air
    (Techli, 7/21/15)
    Applied Particle Technology is one of the newest and most promising startups coming out of the Washington University community. Conceived by Professor Pratim Biswas, and co-founded by PhD candidates and environmental and chemical engineers Jiaxi Fang and Tandeep S. Chadha, Applied Particle Technology is a new air purification system that provides cleaner air with less environmental impact.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois says grid modernization delivering results
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/15)
    Ameren Illinois says its customers are experiencing fewer and shorter power outages as a result of electric grid upgrades the company has implemented under the state’s Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act. These reliability improvements are saving its customers an estimated $48 million each year, the company said recently.>> CLICK FOR MORE