• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jan 06, 2017
    Nicklaus: St. Louis can't let other issues distract from all-important talent strategy
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/25/16)
    St. Louis needs to beware of distraction and division in the coming year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A 'pretty good' year for the St. Louis economy likely to be followed by more of the same
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/31/16)
    The St. Louis area had a pretty good year in 2016, economically speaking — with pay and jobs both headed up. Unless something big and nasty happens — which is hard to predict — some local forecasters expect more modest improvement this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis unemployment hits 15-year low
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/3/17)
    Metro St. Louis' unemployment rate hit a 15-year low of 4.3 percent in November as the area continued to experience strong job growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    This Metro East county has one of the lowest poverty rates in the country
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/17/16)
    Only 14 counties nationwide have a lower poverty rate than Monroe County, Illinois, located directly south of St. Louis, according to a new census report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CliqStudios Plans Design Center In St. Louis, Missouri
    (Area Development News, 1/5/17)
    CliqStudios, an online retailer of semi-custom kitchen cabinets, will invest $1.95 million to locate a new cabinet design center in St. Louis, Missouri. The company plans to hire 98 associates. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Charlie Brennan Show: Jim Alexander, Senior VP of Economic Development, St. Louis Regional Chamber; and Missey Kelley, President & CEO, Downtown St. Louis
    (KMOX, 12/19/16)
    John Brown talks with Jim Alexander and Missey Kelley about Downtown growth, Downtown living, new development, and the state of the STL region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    WWT Asynchrony Labs grows in downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/22/16)
    WWT Asynchrony Labs is adding office space at its Cupples Station headquarters in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    RiverVest launches parallel fund to raise $125 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 12/27/16)
    RiverVest Venture Partners, the Clayton-based venture capital firm that specializes in life sciences companies, has created a new fund that will invest in parallel with its 3x5 RiverVest Fund II, which launched earlier this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Black startups find growth, support in St. Louis
    (The St. Louis American, 1/4/17)
    Two black-owned tech firms are among the latest group of startups to each receive a $50,000 grant from Arch Grants, a nonprofit that is working to lure new businesses, jobs and the next generation of inclusive leaders to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    3 years in, free CoderGirl program connects women with technology – and opportunities
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 12/29/16)
    Last winter, Kimberly Vaughn and DeAnna Tipton both found themselves needing a career change. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First Look at Planned $100M BJC West County Hospital in Creve Coeur
    (nextSTL, 12/20/16)
    Last month we detailed plans for the new $100M BJC West County hospital. Following approval of the project by Creve Coeur, BJC has released a series of renderings and additional information. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Irish Startups Attracting U.S. Investment Dollars
    (WBUR, 1/2/17)
    Ireland is a well-known destination for multinational companies — more than 700 U.S. corporations have a presence there, including Facebook and Google. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Falling Vacancies, Strong Demand Spur Industrial Construction in St. Louis
    (Heartland Real Estate Business Magazine, 1/5/17)
    The St. Louis industrial market is in the midst of historic development and deal making. As witnessed in many markets, “big bombers” — industrial facilities 500,000 square feet and larger — are coming out of the ground at a record pace. Better still, they are being leased and pre-leased at a record pace. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Best Buy to open second area distribution center in St. Peters
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/5/17)
    Duke Realty has broken ground on a new 250,000-square-foot industrial facility in St. Peters’ Premier 370 industrial park for Best Buy, which is expected to use the building as a distribution center to service customers in a 300-mile radius. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pembrook, chamber exec discuss region
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 12/21/16)
    This week on Segue on WSIE-FM 88.7, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook hosts Greg Laposa, vice president of education strategies for the St. Louis Regional Chamber, and Joe Reagan, president and chief executive officer of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, to discuss the region’s economic growth initiatives and SIUE’s unique position within them. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Public Schools recommended for full accreditation
    (St. Louis Magazine, 1/4/17)
    Yesterday, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recommended the St. Louis Public Schools be considered to regain full accreditation, following sustained improvement and stable leadership. The State Board of Education will vote on the matter next Tuesday, January 10. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    This small rural school is one of Missouri's biggest education successes
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/1/17)
    To find one of the St. Louis region’s best-performing school districts, drive for about 10 miles through Franklin County on a two-lane country road past tree-lined acres of weathered barns, grazing cattle and a tiny church or two. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis to propose funding to upgrade Scottrade Center
    (FOX Sports, 1/3/17)
    St. Louis aldermen will consider spending about $4 million annually for 20 years to help fund renovations of the city-owned arena that is home to the St. Louis Blues and other events. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ratcliffe: Convention upgrades needed to lure events
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/6/17)
    This year, Explore St. Louis anticipates about 262,000 convention attendees who will contribute more than $182 million in direct spending for the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Four St. Louis projects win nearly $51 million in TIF support
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/4/17)
    A $26 million office and retail development in the Delmar Loop is among four St. Louis projects that won support Wednesday for a public tax incentive. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Lambert International Airport
    (Transportation & Logistics International Magazine, 12/19/16)
    Passengers to St. Louis Lambert International Airport have seen a number of changes there in recent years. Between 2008 to 2014, the airport underwent a $70 million modernization and renovation of its Terminal 1, built in 1956. The project included renovating concourses and updating building systems including lights, floors, ceilings and signs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis construction starts dip, but contractors optimistic about 2017
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/30/16)
    St. Louis-area construction spending is down more than 10 percent this year compared with 2015, according to numbers compiled by construction research firm Dodge Data and Analytics. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SLATE gets nearly $1M in new federal funds for job training
    (The St. Louis American, 1/5/17)
    The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) American Job Center received nearly $1 million in grant funds – $977,793 – through the U.S. Department of Labor to help individuals pursue the education and training necessary to advance their careers or obtain employment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren ranked by Black Enterprise among 50 Best Companies for Diversity
    (The St. Louis American, 12/16/16)
    Ameren Corporation has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine, as well as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Drawn to town for college, aided by incubators, young entrepreneur finds success in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/23/16)
    Inside a nondescript industrial building off Hanley Road, printing machines rapidly stamp the logos of small cafes onto cardboard coffee cup sleeves. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    An $18.5M score: Blues, St. Louis businesses win in NHL's Winter Classic
    (Crains, 1/2/17)
    The St. Louis Blues notched a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Monday’s NHL Winter Classic, but the bigger winners might be the area’s hoteliers, restaurateurs and bar owners who catered to the crowds of locals and visitors that flocked downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Turnout in lousy conditions shows St. Louis fans are deserving of a Stanley Cup parade
    (ESPN, 1/2/17)
    Brett Hull celebrated like he was on the ice when Vladimir Tarasenko scored to go-ahead goal to help the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MLS expansion city profile: St. Louis
    (Sports Illustrated, 12/23/16)
    The four-term mayor of St. Louis, Francis Slay, played on youth soccer teams affiliated with his local parish and went on to win three NAIA titles at Quincy University, which is just across the river in Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Art on the Square is No. 1 in sales — again
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 1/3/17)
    For the sixth time in the past 10 years, Art on the Square in Belleville has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Art Fair SourceBook based on fine-art sales reported by artists. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • Announcing CliqStudios' Expansion to St. Louis County

    Jan 06, 2017

    Happy New Year!

    We are opening 2017 with news of success for St. Louis County.  This announcement aligns with our One Plan for Regional Prosperity, which is a people-first approach to economic development to make our region a more attractive place for all people to live, work and invest. With the support of our Regional Investors, we are able to focus on executing our strategy so that we may bring you results-based announcements such as this one.

    Today, Governor Jay Nixon announced that CliqStudios, the nation’s largest online retailer of semi-custom kitchen cabinets based on revenue, is expanding to open a new design center in St. Louis County. This $1.95 million expansion to Creve Coeur, will also create 98 new high-wage jobs in the St. Louis area.  CliqStudios chose St. Louis over Cincinnati, OH for the expansion due to our talented workforce, available real estate and the overall cost of doing business. This project is quickly moving forward to accommodate the demand of services that CliqStudios currently offers.

    The company, founded in 2010 and based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota, allows customers to remodel their homes through the website, CliqStudios.com. Customers work directly with designers in the design center to create a new layout for their kitchen using semi-custom kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are shipped, factory-direct, to the customer which results in faster service and significant savings to the customer.

    This economic development win could not have been possible without the Missouri Partnership and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. We want to extend our congratulations and thanks to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger for their support and leadership. Finally, I want to congratulate Lori Becklenberg, the St Louis Regional Chamber’s Director of New Business Development for her project leadership with CliqStudios.

    Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working together for results in 2017!

     Joe