• St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 27, 2017
    How St. Louis’ $761 million startup community stacks up against the world
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/22/17)
    A three-year period of success for St. Louis startups between 2013 and 2015 has vaulted the city into one of the premier up-and-coming startup ecosystems in the world, according to Startup Genome, a San Francisco-based research firm that helps startups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri jobless rate drops slightly in February
    (KTRS, 3/22/17)
    Unemployment in Missouri has dropped again. Data released Tuesday by the Missouri Department of Economic Development show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down to 4.1 percent in February compared to 4.2 percent in January. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MLS investment group promises millions of dollars for youth, jobs programs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/21/17)
    An ownership group that’s trying to persuade St. Louis voters to help fund a professional soccer stadium said Tuesday that it will invest millions of dollars in youth soccer and job-training programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prolog part of startup deals totaling nearly $30 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/24/17)
    Prolog Ventures, the Clayton-based venture capital firm that specializes in investing in healthy living companies, has participated in three startup deals this month — two of them local — that combined total nearly $30 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local agtech startup raises $2.4 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/22/17)
    Arvegenix, a St. Louis-area agtech startup, has raised $2.4 million from a group of mostly local investors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chesterfield Outlet Mall Debuts Small Business Pop-Up
    (KMOX, 3/20/17)
    Stores are closing locations, malls everywhere are struggling, so Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield is looking to accessorize with some local start-ups. A concept called ‘Emerge Pop-Up Boutique’ will give small businesses a chance to try the brick-and-mortar experience for a weekend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How To Start A Company In St. Louis: Greetabl
    (ALIVE Magazine, 3/22/17)
    Could St. Louis be the birthplace of the next Hallmark? That’s the intent for Greetabl co-founders Zoë Scharf and Joe Fischer, who began the business in St. Louis and continue to use the city as their headquarters. “We have big goals,” says Scharf. “We want to be a household name.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Butterscotch Shenanigans Wants To Be The Midwest’s Most Famous Game Studio
    (EQ, 3/20/17)
    When we think of video games, the most casual gamers among us think of Nintendo, EA Games, and Rockstar Studio—we rarely, if ever, know what’s going on in independent game studios. As it turns out, there’s one right in St. Louis, a city where so many small businesses are thriving. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hydrate with these Healthy, Locally Produced Drinks
    (Ladue News, 3/17/17)
    Our nation collectively is drowning in a riptide of high-fructose corn syrup, often overcharged with caffeine and chemicals, and Angela Zeng wants to throw Americans a life preserver. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New drug developed at SLU hospital shows promise in fighting heart disease
    (KTVI, 3/21/17)
    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, but new drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors appear to be a step in reversing that trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New low-cost medical clinic opens in Collinsville
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/20/17)
    There’s a new medical clinic for patients in Collinsville — the 34th clinic opened by Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation to provide more access to care for patients of all incomes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    After enrollment dip, Lindenwood leaders say the university has a plan to rebound
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/20/17)
    Lindenwood University’s niche within the region’s higher education market depends on reaching commuter students where they live, with multiple campuses set up in all corners of the St. Louis metro area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    In Webster Groves a preschool thrives, thanks to high-schoolers
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/22/17)
    A preschool nestled in a hallway of Webster Groves High School costs $5 a day and is run almost entirely by high school students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saturday Scholars: Paving the way for St. Louis' future doctors
    (KSDK, 3/23/17)
    A decades long partnership between one of St. Louis' most prestigious universities and the St. Louis public school system is giving high school students a glimpse into the medical field. It’s called Saturday Scholars. It’s a rare opportunity for extraordinary teens. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (HEC-TV, 3/2017)
    Due to a lack of minority participation in programming, a mom founded an organization looking to prove that’s it’s never too early to engage kids in coding. Color Coded Kids is a programming enrichment program that serves minority kids from ages 8 to 12 in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis City, MSD begin tearing down abandoned buildings
    (KPLR 11, 2/23/17)
    St. Louis City begins a program designed to abolish hundreds of abandoned buildings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Contemporary 116-Unit Apartment Building Planned for South Grand YMCA Site
    (nextSTL, 3/23/17)
    Proposals to replace the long-vacant South Grand YMCA have been through several iterations and multiple delays. A newly available rendering shows a gray brick 116-unit apartment building fronting South Grand. The previously available plan from two years ago showed a two-story retail and office building. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    South County senior living community plans $5 million expansion
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/21/17)
    Friendship Village is planning an expansion of its senior living community in south St. Louis County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis women make inroads into male-dominated liquor business
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/19/17)
    At a time when her teenage peers were downing sodas and other sweet drinks, Gina Hoagland was falling in love with dry wine. A high school friend’s parents introduced her to their wine cellar and allowed her to choose any bottle. They would then educate her about its taste and origin. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chuck Berry, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 90
    (The New York Times, 3/18/17)
    Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday at his home near Wentzville, Mo. He was 90. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Cardinals will let fans attend all the games they want in 2017 for a monthly fee
    (CBS Sports, 3/22/17)
    A common lamentation is that attending a major-league game is too expensive these days. Sure, it’s far cheaper than going to an NFL or NBA game, but there’s no doubt that it’s not as easy as it once was if you’re on a tight budget. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Chess Hall of Fame Debuts New Exhibition, The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists
    (Gazelle STL, 3/2017)
    The World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis debuts an innovative new exhibition, The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis Artists, on Thursday, March 23, with a special public opening reception from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through September 24, 2017. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 17, 2017
    Leadership Council report highlights regional economic development
    (The Alton Telegraph, 3/11/17)
    Improvements totaling nearly $1 billion have been completed, are under construction or have been announced in the past 18 months in Southwestern Illinois, according to the annual 2016 Market Review & Investment Update from the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Market Pulse: St. Louis, MO
    (HospitalityNet, 3/13/17)
    St. Louis is poised to enter a post-recovery phase of economic development and expansion that should continue to support the recent growth of the region's hotel market. Numerous proposed developments and business expansions are anticipated to pave the way for continued transient and extended-stay lodging demand growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scott Air Force Base’s economic impact is $4 billion and growing
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2017)
    The economic activity generated by Scott Air Force Base exceeds $4 billion annually, according to a study released by the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor in November 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Merchants Bridge rehab could double economic impact
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/17/17)
    A new Merchants Bridge that can handle two modern freight trains at once could create more than $456 million in economic activity over a 20-year period — nearly double the impact today, according to its owner, Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis biotech startups increase funding 87 percent
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    St. Louis biotech startups raised $242 million from venture capitalists in 2016, an 87 percent increase when compared with investment totals from 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ITEN’s Mock Angel program readies entrepreneurs for investment
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    According to a recent report from tech startup support organization ITEN, more than half of entrepreneurs say access to money is their biggest challenge. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis agtech startup raises $18.3 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/15/17)
    St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems, a plant science firm trying to meld analytics technology with biology, is on a funding tear. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chris Motley wins SXSWedu Launch Competition
    (The St. Louis American, 3/14/17)
    The Whether powered by Better Weekdays was announced the winner of the Launch startup competition held by SXSWedu in Austin, Texas (part of the South by Southwest Festival), on Thursday, March 9. Chris Motley is the CEO and founder of the St. Louis-based company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cops' startup uses facial recognition to improve security
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/17/17)
    At one MotoMart, you can’t enter at night unless you look into the camera. If your face is obscured by a mask, face or hood, the door stays locked. If the camera gets a good look at you, it lets you in. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC West receives approval for expansion
    (KTVI, 3/14/17)
    Barnes Jewish West County Hospital will launch construction on a new facility later this month after receiving approval from the Creve Coeur City Council. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $1.28 million given for heart, vascular center at St. Elizabeth’s
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/15/17)
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation announced on Wednesday, March 15 the receipt of a gift of $1.28 million from the W.E. Renth Trust. One million dollars of the gift is designated for the St. Elizabeth’s Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign with the balance placed in an endowment for maintenance and upkeep of the new facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Erker's to launch Delmar Loop eyeglass factory, store in April
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/12/17)
    The Erker family’s eyewear business, founded in 1879, has a long legacy in St. Louis, predating the Gateway Arch and 45 city mayors. It was established just 19 years after the Anheuser-Busch brewery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE implements reverse transfer credit program with L&C
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/14/17)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College have established a reverse transfer agreement. The Reverse Transfer Credit Program is an expansion of the institutions’ partnership to continue to help SIUE students who transfer from L&C to transfer credits back to L&C. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The story of Maplewood's turnaround
    (St. Louis Magazine, 3/16/17)
    The next hot topic among urbanists in St. Louis is the so-called inner-ring suburb, the term for a community that rose up on the city’s border in the early 20th century. Yet these peaceful refuges have arrived at a moment of reckoning: The houses are 100 years old, and the residents must decide whether to reinvent their towns or move on. Case in point: Maplewood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Can West Florissant be made into a ‘Great Street’?
    (The St. Louis American, 3/16/17)
    West Florissant Avenue became known worldwide as “Ground Zero” for the Ferguson movement, after the police-shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014. Now residents and community leaders are hoping that it will become known for a different reason in the next few year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Solarize Madison County hopes to expand success of initial Godfrey program
    (Riverbender.com, 3/13/17)
    With threats such as climate change, peak oil and ever-increasing energy costs, solar panels are becoming enticing to home and business owners trying to get ahead of the curve. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sustainability plan from 2013 exceeds goals
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/16/17)
    In 2013, the city of St. Louis launched its sustainability plan, setting  29 goals to be accomplished by 2018. At a progress report Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay and Catherine Werner, sustainability director, gave an update on how the program is going. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois implements smart technology to reduce costs, carbon footprint
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    Ameren Illinois began grid modernizations for its Illinois customers in 2012, which cut carbon emission by 220,000 pounds last year, according to Ryan Ellen, director of advanced metering infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Heights: major expansion in 2018-2020
    (40 South News, 3/16/17)
    A major expansion is planned for The Heights, in Richmond Heights, including a totally new library, a reconfigured pool, new features for kids, and new, dedicated spaces for activity rooms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Trump May Not Want Immigrants, but Rust Belt Mayors Do
    (Bloomberg Markets, 3/17/17)
    In 1997, refugee Alem Boric and a partner started Europa Market, 600 square feet of Bosnia in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis metro area continues to see growing immigrant population
    (KMOV, 3/10/17)
    The St. Louis region was the fastest growing region for foreign born people in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    One-of-a-Kind Bike Racks Come with a Mission: Job Skills for Teens
    (Riverfront Times, 3/13/17)
    You may have noticed the brightly painted bike racks installed in front of a growing number of businesses in St. Louis — including Olio, the Soulard Market and the Moto Museum. But while each rack is unique, they have a common origin: They were created by young artists from under-privileged backgrounds who learned to design and build custom racks using discarded bicycle parts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midwestern Magic: The Saint Louis Fashion Fund Celebrates New Names in Design
    (Vogue, 3/9/17)
    On Saturday night, St. Louis’s most talented names in design came together to host a cocktail party to toast the new names of design. Board president Susan Sherman joined board members including Jacob Laws and Sarah Stallman in creating a modern-day incubator to highlight innovative design. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Gateway Arch with New Stamp
    (KMOX, 3/14/17)
     The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp on Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Is St. Louis really ‘#1 in Civil Rights?’ The Missouri History Museum makes a compelling case
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/14/17)
    If you remember the day two St. Louis activists climbed 125 feet up a construction ladder on the unfinished north leg of the Gateway Arch, you remember a key moment of the civil rights movement in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ Neighborhoods Of Character: Cherokee Street
    (ALIVE Magazine, 3/15/17)
    Cherokee Street is an impromptu arts district that houses innumerable entrepreneurs, artists, writers, creators, small-business owners, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Its stunning architectural beauty and history is the stuff of legend. The diversity of makers will surprise you, their corner shops will charm you and their stories will amaze you. >> CLICK FOR MORE