• St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 19, 2016
    Slay accepts award from Chamber, calls Ferguson protests defining moment of his career
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/19/16)
    Mayor Francis Slay invoked the protests in Ferguson as a defining moment in the St. Louis region and of his four terms in office as he accepted a service award Thursday from the St. Louis Regional Chamber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regional Chamber appoints new chair
    (St. louis business Journal, 8/19/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corp., as its new board chair. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    21 St. Louis companies make Inc. 5000 ‘Fastest Growing’ list
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/18/16)
    More than 20 companies from the St. Louis metropolitan area appear on this year’s Inc. 5000 list, which recognizes the fastest growing private companies in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Emerson to Buy Pentair Valves-and-Controls Unit for $3.15 Billion
    (The Wall Street Journal, 8/18/16)
    Emerson Electric Co. has agreed to buy Pentair PLC’s valves-and-controls unit for $3.15 billion, part of a strategy to expand its automation offerings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NGA director Robert Cardillo shares his vision of the new north St. Louis facility
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/18/16)
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or one of its many predecessors, has been in St. Louis for more than 70 years and has about 3,000 employees in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TechShop opening in St. Louis a 'playground' for inventors, entrepreneurs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/19/16)
    For the dreamers who want to create the next Square mobile payments device or some other invention, a new workshop and fabrication studio in St. Louis will supply the machinery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Vasculox changes name, hires new CEO and raises $86 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/16/16)
    Tioma Therapeutics, a St. Louis-based pharmaceutical discovery startup formerly known as Vasculox, has raised an $86 million Series A led by Clayton-based RiverVest Venture Partners. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Appistry raises $4 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/17/16)
    Appistry, a scientific software company that focuses on genomic data and health outcomes, has raised $4.1 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Heritage Medical Systems, Signature Medical Group form JV
    (Becker's Hospital Review, 8/16/16)
    Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based Heritage Medical Systems and St. Louis-based Signature Medical Group have formed a joint venture — Missouri Collaborative Healthcare — to improve population health management along Missouri's I-70 corridor. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University gets $10 million grant to study pancreatic cancer
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/16)
    Scientists at Washington University will try to find new ways to treat pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of the disease. A team at Siteman Cancer Center received a federal grant for $10.4 million over five years to fund the research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Talley again among drug development industry’s most influential
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/15/16)
    John Talley, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Euclises Pharmaceuticals, a St. Louis biotech startup developing cancer treatments, has again been named one of the world’s most influential people in drug discovery and development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NewLeaf says European, Japanese patents are imminent
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/16/16)
    Officials with NewLeaf Symbiotics, an agricultural biotech company commercializing products from naturally occurring bacteria that are meant to boost farmers’ yields, said they expect to be granted European and Japanese patents on their foundational production process technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wash U researchers take us one step closer to using biofuel made from e-coli
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/15/16)
    People in much of the country are familiar with ethanol, a type of biofuel made from corn that is added to gasoline. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Growing pains: Gateway Commerce Center sees growth, meets challenges
    (This Alton Telegraph, 8/13/16)
    The company responsible for building the new Amazon warehouse said it is in the midst of a growth spurt egged on by positive synergy in the Gateway Commerce Center — but the growth comes with challenges. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tariff decision could help Granite City workers get their jobs back
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/11/16)
    Local officials were pleased to hear of a recent decision to place tariffs on steel imports, but the real key will be when — or if — the U.S. Steel-Granite City Works reopens, they said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE, Madison County to partner on energy sector study
    (The Alton Telegraph, 8/17/16)
    A grant from a national non-profit organization will fund a study examining how to develop Madison County’s energy industry, officials announced last week. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE among national leaders in students graduating with low debt
    (Riverbender.com, 8/15/16)
    Edwardsville ranks 116th out of 1,300 colleges nationally for the lowest student loan debt per borrower according to LendEDU. Among public institutions, SIUE ranks 54th nationally. Among all Illinois institutions, SIUE is second. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis
    (The Source, 8/17/16)
    If the St. Louis region is to close the gap between what its workers know, and what its businesses need, it must play the long game. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Alexis Wright was first African American named to lead a major private school in St. Louis
    (The St. Louis American, 8/18/16)
    Alexis Wright, the new head of school at New City School, already has blazed a trail in St. Louis as the first African American to be named to lead a major private school in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New mixed-use plan for former Schnucks site in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/17/16)
    LeCesse Development Corp., a Florida-based multifamily developer, has plans to build a seven-story, 642,271-square-foot mixed-use building at the northeast corner of Clayton and South Hanley roads in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    County officials conduct brownfield outreach program
    (Advantage News, 8/11/16)
    Madison County Community Development recently conducted the second in a series of public meetings to address the identification and assessment of potential brownfield sites in Madison County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forest Park Connectivity and Mobility Study Envisions Bike Share, Fixed-Route Transit, Remote Parking, and Much More
    (nextSTL, 8/18/16)
    Forest Park is without a doubt, the recreational and cultural anchor of St. Louis. There are few places across the country that compare. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren plans electric car charging stations in Missouri
    (The Missourian, 8/15/16
    The utility company Ameren Missouri is seeking approval from the state's Public Service Commission to build six public charging stations for electric vehicles between St. Louis and central Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Priced Out By Bigger Cities, Educated Millennials Are Moving to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Magazine, 8/12/16)
    Bye bye, brain drain? A new study of recent U.S. census data shows St. Louis is one of several Rust Belt cities seeing a marked increase in the number of educated millennials despite a declining overall population. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Art, entrepreneurship and education programs help veterans transition to civilian life in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/16/16)
    Military veterans often face significant challenges in re-acclimating to ‘normal’ life in the United States. These challenges may be rooted in mental, emotional and psychological issues resulting from the trauma and stresses of war. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nelly to perform with St. Louis Symphony in hometown return
    (U.S. News & World Report, 8/16/16)
    Nelly will be performing back in his hometown of St. Louis next year, but the venue is unique. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    5th Annual St. Lou FringeFest Offers 100 Performances in 6 Days
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/18/16)
    The 5th annual St. Lou FringeFest kicks off tomorrow in Grand Center with 30 acts and 100 performances over six days. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Works of East St. Louis Poet Laureate being collected at SIUE
    (KTVI, 8/18/16)
    Eugene Redmond was named poet laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, when the nation was celebrating its bicentennial. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 12, 2016
    New agency at Scott Air Force Base will help keep cyber criminals at bay
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/11/16)
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner joined federal, state and local officials in cutting the ribbon to open the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Global Operations Command Facility Thursday morning at Scott Air Force Base. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City parking money to fund $2 million MetroLink study
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/16)
    A $2 million study to evaluate the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink expansion will be paid for by city parking funds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clarkson Eyecare triples in size with $105 million worth of deals
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/12/16)
    When San Francisco-based FFL Partners invested in Clarkson Eyecare last spring, the private equity firm said the deal would provide additional capital for the Ballwin-based eyecare company to expand. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis banks post 25% higher profits, with 18% more loans
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
    For St. Louis banks, the trend in the second quarter was largely a repeat of the first quarter. And that’s not a bad thing. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Health care startups raise $74 million during first half of 2016
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/16)
    Health care companies from the Midwest brought in more than $1 billion in new equity investments during the first half of 2016, according to the BioEnterprise Midwest Healthcare Growth Capital Report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mallinckrodt to acquire treatment that regenerates skin after severe burns
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/11/16)
    Mallinckrodt has entered into an agreement to acquire a Wisconsin company that is developing what Mallinckrodt says is the first "off-the-shelf" product that regenerates skin after it's damaged by severe burns. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fourth Israeli company to put U.S. headquarters in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/8/16)
    NRGene is an ag tech company based in Israel that will soon have a presence in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Life sciences company buys Earth City warehouse
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/5/16)
    A 21,000-square-foot Earth City facility that was formerly home to a South Dakota-based plastic and electronics manufacture, has been sold to Scinomix, a laboratory automation solutions provider to customers in the life sciences industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis warehouse vacancies fall
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/8/16)
    Available industrial real estate in the St. Louis area has fallen by nearly half from its post-recession peak of 16 percent, according to a new report from real estate firm CBRE. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    John Beal growing into new Maryland Heights HQ
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
    Officials with John Beal Inc., one of the region’s largest roofing contractors, expect to grow revenue 38 percent this year to $25 million as the company continues its push to become more technologically savvy and consumer friendly. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Aclara buys smart grid business from East Coast firm
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/11/16)
    Aclara Technologies, a smart-meter company based in Hazelwood, has acquired the smart grid business of Tollgrade Communications Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company that unloaded the unit to focus more on its broadband offerings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Students get front row seats to health career opportunities
    (Riverbender.com, 8/8/16)
    What if you could get an inside look as a teenager at a future career in health care? You might find that there are more options than you ever dreamed possible. That’s what BJC School Outreach and Youth Development hopes area students will learn through the organization’s career exploration programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jennings High School students gain summer lab experience at UMSL
    (UMSL Daily, 8/10/16)
    For more than a dozen Jennings High School students, the first day of school this week wasn’t their first day back in an academic setting. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SLU Opens First New Dorm in 2 Decades
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/8/16)
    Saint Louis University has opened its first new residence hall in nearly two decades. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Aquarium to be built at Union Station
    (KSDK, 8/9/16)
    There is something fishy being built at Union Station… a new St. Louis Aquarium! >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Food hall coming to Midtown St. Louis
    (KTVI, 8/9/16)
    Ground is about the broken on a major project in midtown that will be like nothing else in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Looking back and ahead, two years after the death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/9/16)
    Tuesday, Aug. 9, marked two years since the police shooting death of Michael Brown. What's changed over those two years? What hasn't? What feelings does the day bring up for you? >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Destroyed Ferguson Boutique is Better Than Ever
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/9/16)
    Juanita Morris’ fashion boutique on West Florissant in Ferguson at first survived so many nights of looting when the riots began in August 2014. But eventually her store suffered a similar fate as the now well-known Berkeley QuikTrip and Zisser Tire & Auto Services. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The economic impact of immigrants to the state of Missouri and St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/10/16)
    Today, there are 224,430 foreign-born people living in Missouri. Some 14,000 of those immigrants are self-employed and immigrant-owned businesses that generated over $250 million in business income in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minority business center gets $1.4 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/8/16)
    The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. has received a federal grant of over $1.4 million to operate the Minority Business Development Agency Business Center in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better STL: Local organization provides capital to small businesses
    (KMOV, 8/9/16)
    The owner of a growing downtown St. Louis construction business is breaking down social and racial barriers while trying to make St. Louis a better place. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Want to open a business in East St. Louis? She’s here to help
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/7/16)
    Running a business is in Devon Moody-Graham’s blood. Blame her parents. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues, Cardinals and NHL tout potential impact of Winter Classic
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/9/16)
    Following the selection of five St. Louis area players in the first round of this year's National Hockey League draft, officials with the Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL are convinced an outdoor game in January will help build on the sport's already solid footing in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Poet Laureate of ESL will be celebrated for 40 years of service
    (The St. Louis American, 8/10/16)
    Audiences will have a chance to meet, greet and hear East St. Louis Poet Laureate Eugene B. Redmond relive four decades of poetry and publishing next Wednesday in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Elijah P. Lovejoy Library. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    On Chess: St. Louis' reputation as chess capital grows as another grand master makes the city home
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/11/16)
    St. Louis has established itself, without a doubt, as the capital of chess in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Renovation Of Miles Davis’ Childhood Home Nearing Completion
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/11/16)
    A nearly decade-long effort to restore the boyhood home of jazz great Miles Davis and open it as a museum is nearing its culmination. >> CLICK FOR MORE