St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | 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