• St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 07, 2017
    Lyda Krewson Becomes First Female Mayor of St. Louis
    (KMOX, 4/5/17)
    St. Louis has a new mayor. Lyda Krewson stepped to the podium at the Forest Park golf clubhouse after being introduced as the first woman mayor in the city’s history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Belmar says voters will notice a difference with ‘Prop P’ passage
    (KTVI, 4/5/17)
    Sixty-three percent of St. Louis County voters backed Prop P, approving a sales tax hike to boost the pay of county police officers and other public safety tools. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis voters choose tax increases, but scuttle soccer stadium funding
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/4/17)
    St. Louis’ Major League Soccer hopes likely died Tuesday. City residents voted for sales tax and use tax increases that’ll go toward city services, but turned down Proposition 2, which would have funneled the use tax toward a new stadium. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Economists predict St. Louis to have ‘hot’ housing market in 2017
    (KTVI, 4/6/17)
    According to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, permits to build homes in the St. Louis metropolitan area are at the highest level since 2007. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midwest BankCentre opens new north St. Louis branch
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/17)
    Midwest BankCentre’s boss, Jim Watson, told the crowd who had gathered Thursday outside his newest branch on Martin Luther King Drive what they already knew: This was “no ordinary bank.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Accelerator program seeks energy innovation startups
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/31/17)
    Ameren Corporation is launching an energy accelerator with the help of the University of Missouri system, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CEO2CEO Returns With Blake Margraff Of Epharmix And Anthony Tersigni Of Ascension Health
    (EQ, 4/3/17)
    #CEO2CEO, the event series hosted by Accelerate St. Louis that pairs CEOs of startups and large enterprises for one-on-one conversations, returns on April 10. This first CEO2CEO event of 2017 will focus on the healthcare industry with Anthony Tersigni, CEO of Ascension and Blake Marggraff, CEO of Epharmix. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis' startup scene braces for cuts to Missouri Technology Corporation
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/6/17)
    If you throw a rock in the St. Louis startup ecosystem, you’ll likely hit a company that’s gotten some of its investment funds from the Missouri Technology Corporation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Israeli startup joins second St. Louis accelerator
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/17)
    Stadia Ventures, which said previously that it would have four companies in its sports-business accelerator this spring, has added a fifth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Meet the 5 startups pitching at MDMC and changing digital marketing
    (Silicon Prairie News, 4/6/17)
    The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference returns to St. Louis this year with a startup pitch competition awarding a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Purina and UMSL Accelerate. Nick Szabo, Chief Operating Officer of Swizzle, designed this competition to be different than all the ones he competed in over the years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis University Hospital planning major renovation
    (KTRS, 4/3/17)
    St. Louis University Hospital plans to open the first building of a major capital project this week. The hospital will open a $12 million Center for Radiation Medicine on Tuesday. It’s the first structure in a capital project that will lead to replacing the current hospital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $3.6 million to fund personalized 3-D brain maps to guide neurosurgeries
    (The Source, 4/5/17)
    Removing a brain tumor requires walking a fine line: Remove too little, and the disease remains; remove too much, and sight, speech or movement may be impaired. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    AB Mauri adds biotech business
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/31/17)
    AB Mauri's St. Louis-based North American division has launched a new business unit that will develop yeast solutions for the biofuel, liquor and nutrition industries. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Accella completes acquisition that could push it to $500 million in revenue
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/4/17)
    Accella Polyurethane Systems LLC has completed a deal for the spray polyurethane foam business of Texas-based Covestro LLC. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    East St. Louis students show off their digital accomplishments
    (The Alton Telegraph, 4/3/17)
    It is those middle school students interested in history, writing or even fashion that Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Matt Johnson said they are trying to woo toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monogram Building to Get 168 Apartments, $36M Construction Permit Issued
    (nextSTL, 4/6/17)
    With a $36M construction permit issued this week, the nine-story Monogram Building at 1706 Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis is finally set for its makeover. The conversion of the former CPI Corp. headquarters is planned to feature 168 market-rate apartments. Spectrum Station preschool is planned for the building’s first floor. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois to invest $9 million in modernizing East St. Louis facility
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2017)
    Ameren Illinois announced plans today to renovate its main East St. Louis operating center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bevo Mill Set to Reopen With New Name, New Attitude
    (KMOX, 3/31/17)
    The new owners of the Bevo Mill restaurant are in the final stretch of their nearly year-long effort to renovate the century-old landmark in south St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Plans for $55M sports complex unveiled for Chesterfield Valley
    (KSDK, 4/6/17)
    There will soon be more opportunities for young athletes in our area to play. Today, the Baseball and Softball Education Foundation (BASE) will unveil plans for a $55 million, 74-plus-acre sports complex in the Chesterfield Valley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Introducing Crane Watch: Your interactive guide to St. Louis construction and development
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/4/17)
    The St. Louis Business Journal today launches Crane Watch, an interactive guide to new construction and development projects around the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis looks to immigrants for population, workforce boost
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/2/17)
    After looking at some new census numbers last year, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis added two new employees, almost doubling its staff to five people. One of those new workers is solely devoted to growing membership. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Working and Playing Hard in STL and Abroad
    (Entrepreneurially Thinking, 4/6/17)
    We live in a very diverse city with hard working people. Many of the folks in our region are hard working immigrants who are helping to make St. Louis a great city and region to LIVE, WORK and PLAY. The St. Louis Mosaic Project is a wonderful organization that helps to ease the transition for many of these individuals as they make St. Louis home. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    These SIUE professors want to bring Madison County history into the 21st century
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 4/1/17)
    When Bryan Mathis was growing up in the Venice housing projects in the 1950s, he knew he wasn’t supposed to ride his bike over the railroad tracks. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    'Food Truck Court' Planned for Tower Grove South
    (Riverfront Times, 4/3/17)
    Road warriors of the St. Louis food scene could soon have headquarters in Tower Grove South. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CityArchRiver Spring into your Park celebration taking place on Saturday
    (The St. Louis American, 4/7/17)
    CityArchRiver project partners will commemorate the renovation and reimagining of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial with a community celebration called Spring into your Park on Saturday, April 8. Throughout 2016, almost all of the park areas have opened to the public in stages. With most of the park now open, everyone is invited to join Spring into your Park festivities celebrating renovated park areas with live music, Laclede’s Landing food and drink vendors, kids activities, lawn games, and more. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 31, 2017
    Bringing soccer to St. Louis is the right call
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/30/17)
    After what the Rams and the NFL did to St. Louis, some people are asking themselves whether the bid to bring Major League Soccer to St. Louis is more of the same. It couldn’t be more different. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis MLS Bid A Fiscally Responsible Partnership With Unprecedented City, Community Benefits
    (Forbes, 3/30/17)
    On April 4, St. Louis voters face a landmark moment in the history of their city, and for that matter, the St. Louis region as a whole. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pro & Con: Proposition P, a St. Louis County ballot measure, regarding police, public safety funding
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/24/17)
    On Friday, St. Louis on the Air hosted a moderated conversation about Proposition P, one of the ballot measures that St. Louis County voters will decide on during the April 4 election. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Clair County voters will decide on two proposed 1 percent sales taxes for schools, public safety
    (Madison County Record, 3/29/17)
    While two proposed 1 percent sales taxes in St. Clair County could drive shoppers away from an area considered a local hotspot for retail, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says the county has to invest in its community in order to grow. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro East housing industry off to good start in 2017
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2017)
    February showed a continuation of a positive uptick in home sales compared to January of this year. St. Clair, Randolph, and Clinton Counties all recorded an increase in home sales compared to January 2017. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    11 St. Louis firms seek funding at InvestMidwest
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/29/17)
    Investors prospecting for deals in Kansas City on Wednesday will see a steady stream of pitches from St. Louis. Eleven of the 44 companies making presentations at the 18th InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum are from the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Show-Me Innovation
    (Nine Network, 3/23/17)
    This special looks at the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in Missouri’s economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty invests in 5 new fintech startups
    (Missouri Business Alert, 3/30/17)
    SixThirty, the St. Louis-based business accelerator for tech startups in the financial services sector, has announced five new portfolio companies, ranging from the developer of an artificial intelligence platform to the maker of software for transferring money via social media. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems announced today the close of a Series B funding round at $25 million.
    (Silicon Prairie News, 3/28/17)
    Last year, the company had set an early goal of raising $15 million but Matthew Crisp, CEO and co-founder of Benson Hill Biosystems, said he quickly realized that the excitement surrounding their CropOS platform would allow them to surpass that target. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis University researchers study receptors linked to muscle metabolism
    (Life Science Daily, 3/29/17)
    If research at Saint Louis University (SLU) can tap into the potential of two nuclear receptors that control muscle metabolism, the direction the scientists hope to move toward in their quest to help patients fight obesity and diabetes will involve exercise in pill form. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Freightway and Port of New Orleans Sign Supply Chain MOU
    (Supply Chain Management Review, 3/30/17)
    The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the St. Louis Regional Freightway have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to exchange market and operational information with the goal of growing trade and building upon existing and new business relationships between the two regions and critical ports. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Emerson becomes first premier corporate member of Edwardsville-based Fab Lab
    (Riverbender.com, 3/24/17)
    Emerson, a global technology and engineering company headquartered in St. Louis, sees Lewis and Clark Community College’s St. Louis Confluence Fab Lab as a resource for its innovative research and development divisions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Savvy Kids Fosters Kids’ Natural Entrepreneurship Impulses
    (EQ, 3/28/17)
    Founded in 2015 in Nashville, Savvy Coders expanded into St. Louis in 2016. The startup teaches front end software development skills to anyone with the desire to learn. It joins programs like LaunchCode in addressing the tech talent gap in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to 100 percent renewable energy
    (CNBC, 3/29/17)
    Brewing powerhouse Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has committed to secure all of its purchased electricity from renewable sources by 2025. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Alton Square Mall owners announce plans; theater among possibilities
    (The Alton Telegraph, 3/27/17)
    The owners of Alton Square Mall have announced plans for a major renovation of the facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Design and Site Plan for 64 Townhomes at Lafayette Square Praxair Site Presented
    (nextSTL, 3/24/17)
    Lafayette Square appears close to finally developing the long-vacant Praxair site. Pulte Homes plans to build 64 Killeen Studio Architects-designed townhomes on the Praxair site bounded by Chouteau, Missouri Avenue, MacKay Place and a separate parcel fronting Hickory Street to the south. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rehab of old Columbia Iron Works building planned in Forest Park Southeast
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/24/17)
    The Missouri Foundation for Health plans to move its offices from downtown to the vacant Columbia Iron Works building in Forest Park Southeast. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Delmar DivINe Website Promotes Project to Redevelop St. Luke’s Hospital Along Delmar Divide
    (nextSTL, 3/24/17)
    Last month, Maxine Clark, founder and retired chief executive of Build-A-Bear Workshop (now CEO of the Clark Fox Family Foundation), and Bob Clark, chairman and chief executive of Clayco Corp (nope, they’re not related), presented a redevelopment plan for the shuttered St. Luke’s Hospital on Delmar Boulevard to the City of St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forest Park Forever building upon success of upgrading park
    (KTVI, 3/28/17)
    It’s a project that has been going on in St. Louis for more than three decades, and officials say it will never be done. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How a Red State City Fell in Love With Muslim Immigrants
    (Bloomberg Markets, 3/24/17)
    Post-industrial Midwestern America helped propel Donald Trump to the nation's top job. You've heard that a hundred times. But did you hear about St Louis? >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fairmont City library wins big award for its connection with community
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/30/17)
    While it might be referred to fondly by some as “itty-bitty Fairmont City,” the village’s library services are anything but itty-bitty — a point proven this month when the facility took home a $10,000 international award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Downtown St. Louis Replaces Guides With Guards
    (Next City, 3/24/17)
    For the past 17 years, if you were lost trying to find downtown St. Louis’ famous arch, a guide in a bright yellow shirt may have come to your assistance — and recommended a spot for toasted ravioli to boot. Today, you probably have a smartphone for that. As of this month, if you do find yourself turned around in St. Louis, it’ll no longer be a guide that comes to your rescue, but an off-duty police officer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Webster University Wins 5th Straight President's Cup
    (Chess.com, 3/28/17)
    Top-rated Webster University has won its fifth consecutive President's Cup title, beating out the three other invited teams from Texas Tech, St. Louis University, and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in an event also known as the "Final Four of College Chess." >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Supermodel Karlie Kloss launches clothing line in St. Louis
    (KTVI, 3/31/17)
    Supermodel and St. Louis native Karlie Kloss celebrates the launch of her new clothing line right here in her hometown. Karlie Kloss put on incredible show for her hometown of St. Louis Thursday night at The Pageant. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New field opens for growing sport of cricket in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/24/17)
    A cricket field opening Saturday in St. Charles County signals how much the sport is growing in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Zoo voted 'Nation's Best Zoo'
    (KSDK, 3/31/17)
    It's official, the St. Louis Zoo is the best zoo in the United States! >> CLICK FOR MORE