• St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 17, 2017
    St. Louis and Kansas City bounce back
    (CNN, 2/16/17)
    Anchoring either end of Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City are 250 miles apart along Interstate 70. And while they have distinct personalities and urban landscapes, the two also have an awful lot in common, both now and in the past. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Checking in on Ferguson's economy after Michael Brown
    (Marketplace, 2/14/17)
    It’s been more than two years since Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Although the national attention faded long ago, people are still curious about the town that was marked by violence and protests for days after the shooting, and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tale of Two Cities - A Lesson on Innovation Districts from St. Louis
    (Citybizlist, 2/13/17)
    Our Urban Doppelganger. There’s a lot of buzz around innovation districts, much of it fed by the Brookings Institution’s extensive research on the movement. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, whose board I’m on, is hosting a symposium this spring on the relevancy of innovation districts for Baltimore. When one looks around the country, there are interesting parallels between Baltimore and St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A Core Commitment: What’s Next For The Downtown St. Louis Innovation District
    (EQ, 2/13/17)
    Downtown has changed a lot in the past few years,” says Melissa “Missy” Kelley, president and CEO of Downtown STL, Inc., the nonprofit dedicated to creating and promoting a vibrant Downtown that attracts investment and economic activity to the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The joy of making at TechShop
    (St. Louis Magazine, 2/16/17)
    Thermal glue shoots out like Spiderman’s web and hardens instantly, gunking up the trivet’s intricate laser cuts. Luckily, Carly Lowe has just finished crafting a Failure of the Week trophy, so the TechShop customer walks over, grinning, to claim it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators Announces Its Spring 2017 Accelerator Class
    (EQ, 2/16/17)
    Capital Innovators announced tonight its investment in six companies, who will make up the accelerator’s Spring 2017 cohort. The companies join 70 other companies in Capital Innovators’ portfolio. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University to collaborate with Pfizer on drug discovery
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/17)
    Washington University is collaborating with biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. on research to speed up the development of new drugs targeting certain diseases. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mercy hints at growth in Creve Coeur with multiple-property purchase
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/17)
    Mercy is expanding its footprint into nearby Town and Country with the purchase of multiple office buildings adjacent to its 70-acre Creve Coeur campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis firms record surge in freight shipments
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/17)
    Sunset Transportation, a third-party logistics firm based in south St. Louis County, saw a 10 percent spike in total shipments in December compared with the same period in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LMI Aerospace agrees to buyout by Belgian company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/17)
    LMI Aerospace, a St. Charles-based supplier of components and engineering services to the commercial, business and military aerospace markets, said late Thursday it has agreed to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a Belgium-based aerostructures company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE Implements Reverse Transfer Credit Program with L&C
    (The Alton Telegraph, 2/16/17)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) 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
    Block busters: $300 million in out-of-town investments promise to remake downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/17)
    Mention Jefferson Arms or Railway Exchange — two vacant downtown St. Louis buildings within a half mile of each other — to anyone familiar with the area and you’re likely to get an answer that includes the word “big.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mayor Walker looking to revitalize Alton
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 2/10/17)
    In a time of intense economic stress and uncertainty in the state of Illinois, overseeing and operating area municipalities has become a difficult task for its leaders. Despite the challenges within the city, Alton Mayor Brant Walker has brought a certain life back to the city he loves. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer proposes hotel for old Municipal Courts Building
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/14/17)
    A developer wants to turn the old Municipal Courts Building on Market Street into a 150-room hotel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jubilee World Buys Historic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown St. Louis
    (nextSTL, 2/9/17)
    Jubilee World, Inc. has purchased the long-vacant Orpheum Theatre in downtown St. Louis. In 2015, Jubilee World made the sprawling former St. Mary’s Orphanage at 5341 Emerson Avenue in the city’s Walnut Park East neighborhood its world headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MSD to help demolish vacant buildings
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/12/17)
    The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District could spend up to $13.5 million demolishing abandoned buildings in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MoDOT Plans Busy Construction Season
    (KMOX, 2/17/17)
    It’s almost that time of year, when MoDOT crews hit the highways for spring and summer work. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren’s new ‘smart’ substation will serve growth on Belleville’s west end
    (Illinois Business Journal, 2/2017)
    Ameren Illinois announced today that it has begun constructing a new state-of-the-art substation and installing smart technology to support commercial and residential growth in Belleville's west end. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry Signs Zara, Patagonia, Reformation, Need Supply, and Others
    (nextSTL, 2/15/17)
    Will City Foundry, the $340M project set to re-imagine a long-vacant manufacturing site in the center of St. Louis City cannibalize local retail? Will it bring unique-to-the-region storefronts? This was the central question asked as the project sought, and ultimately received significant subsidies from the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pedestrian, biking bridges to be built in St. Charles
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/13/17)
    Pedestrians and bikers will eventually be able to cross over two busy highways in St. Charles. A project is planned to construct two new pedestrian bridges over highways 364 and 94. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis-based mobile museum highlights often unsung inventors
    (The St. Louis American, 2/15/17)
    In 1996, Loretta Ford founded the Museum of Black Inventors with the idea of highlighting the achievements of often unsung African Americans who contributed greatly to the fields of science, household goods, engineering and technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    5 St. Louis chefs up for James Beard Foundation Awards
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/15/17)
    A new addition to St. Louis’ restaurant scene joins three repeat semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Midwest” award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Circus Flora planning new Grand Center home
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/10/17)
    Circus Flora is planning a permanent Grand Center home with the help of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which will own and maintain the circus’ big top. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 10, 2017
    Construction, jobs booming in Edwardsville, according to economic experts
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 2/7/17)
    Despite lackluster economic growth in Illinois, construction in Edwardsville has nearly tripled in the last two years, rebounding enormously from the depths of the recession. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Former Thompson Street partner raises $37 million for new private equity fund
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/7/17)
    Bill Willhite, the former managing partner of Thompson Street Capital Partners, has raised $37 million for a new private equity fund. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ‘The Collective’ plans to make St. Louis’ tech scene more inclusive
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/4/17)
    Even though St. Louis’ tech startup scene is growing, it is not always the most inclusive environment for women and people of color. A group of 12 local nonprofits and government organizations want to change that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Obe, Creator Of New Smart Pet Bowl, Wins First-Ever Pet Care Innovation Prize Powered By Purina
    (EQ, 2/6/17)
    Obe, founder of a new smart pet bowl, was announced today as the grand prize winner of the first Pet Care Innovation Prize powered by Purina. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    “Sports Tech Is Booming” – How St. Louis is Getting in the Game
    (KMOX, 2/6/17)
    The sports technology industry is “booming” and St. Louis is right the middle of the action thanks to an investment and accelerator program specifically for sports-related start-ups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis startup accepted into Silicon Valley accelerator
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/8/17)
    St. Louis startup CTY, which develops technology to provide analytics and data for physical places, has been accepted into the famous 500 Startups business accelerator in Silicon Valley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    From Simulation To Holographics: How St. Louis Can Educate The Next Generation Of Healthcare Professionals
    (EQ, 2/6/17)
    There’s a big difference between reading about how to surgically remove someone’s tooth and actually having to pick up forceps and extract one out of a real-life patient experiencing pain and panic. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mercy Hospital eyes emergency department expansion, new master plan
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/10/17)
    Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur plans to expand its emergency department in what would be the first project of a larger campus renovation, officials said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cardinal Glennon pediatricians now available via tele-medicine in Highland ER
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 2/6/17)
    In July of 2016, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital announced a partnership to bring region-leading expertise in pediatric care to Belleville, O’Fallon and many other communities throughout St. Clair County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University gets $4.3 million to improve treatments for sickle cell disease
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/5/17)
    Improved treatments for sickle cell disease are extending the life expectancy of thousands of people in the United States, but many patients still lack adequate care. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Menards Phase 1 Nears Completion
    (The Missourian, 2/3/17)
    The new Menards manufacturing and distribution center has started limited production and company officials hope to have the entire Phase 1 portion of the facility completed in the spring. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Many NFL helmets are made in near St. Louis
    (KTVI, 2/5/17)
    Schutt Sports is one of the leading football helmet manufacturers in the United States. In fact, more than 40% of NFL players wear a Schutt helmet- including Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Bryant, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, David Johnson, Patrick Peterson and Julio Jones. The helmets are made in Litchfield and Salem, IL. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Curators approve UMSL tuition break for all Illinois residents
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/9/17)
    Catching up to similar efforts made by other universities, the University of Missouri-St. Louis will extend a special tuition rate to all Illinois students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE among best risk-reward college choices
    (Riverbender.com, 2/6/17)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been ranked 80th among all public institutions nationally for Best Risk-Reward for College Students in Lendedu.com’s second annual College Risk-Reward Indicator (CRRI) study. SIUE is third among Illinois state schools. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer’s vision for old Pruitt-Igoe site includes hospital and hotels
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/3/17)
    Northside Regeneration’s plans for the old Pruitt-Igoe site became public this week, including a $72 million complex of medical buildings, commercial and office space and two hotels. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forced to close 6 months ago, metro-east library reopens as learning center
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 2/5/17)
    For the last six months, books sat unread on the library shelves at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. The library was forced to close due to the state’s budget impasse. However, now thanks to money from the Illinois Community College Board, the library has reopened as a Learning Resource Center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $83 million Armory rehab project moves forward
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/10/17)
    New design plans for Green Street’s $47.1 million overhaul of the old Armory building in Midtown show a next-generation office concept that is likely not available anywhere else in the St. Louis region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    McBride plans development at Fienup Lake in Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/8/17)
    McBride & Son Homes is planning a large subdivision around Fienup Lake just off Wildhorse Creek Road in Chesterfield. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Permit issued for next Cortex building
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/8/17)
    Evidence that more construction is about to occur at the Cortex tech district is a newly issued St. Louis building permit for a $21 million building. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren continues community-building through diversity training
    (KMOV, 2/8/17)
    A year ago, Ameren announced an initiative to offer local companies diversity training as a way to bring people together, embrace differences, and strengthen communities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    With rough seas ahead, St. Louis voters soon to elect new navigator
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/7/17)
    Most of the candidates vying to become St. Louis' first new mayor in 16 years are focusing on the city’s problems more than its successes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    THE ART OF CHESS
    (HEC-TV, 2/2017)
    Paul Schankman gives us a sights and sounds tour of three exhibits at the World Chess Hall Of Fame in St. Louis. Two of them feature artistic interpretations of chess pieces and boards; the third is a display of chess memorabilia from the Hall of Fame’s collection. >> CLICK FOR MORE