• St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 23, 2016
    St. Louis Gaming Startup Pixel Press Scores With Mattel Partnership
    (Huffington Post, 9/21/16)
    After recently being cited by FiveThirtyEight as being America’s “New Startup Frontier,” St. Louis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem got yet another shot in the arm when gaming technology startup Pixel Press — with a high profile deals already on the books with Cartoon Network, Toys-R-Us and GameStop among others — this week announced a new partnership with Mattel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Following Ikea’s opening, state sales tax revenue climbs 40% in 63110
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
    Ikea is noted for its ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive home gadgets, but in its Midtown neighborhood it’s becoming known as a big driver of revenue since opening Sept. 30, 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IBEW St. Louis Convention Gives Back to the Gateway City
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/22/16)
    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Convention in St. Louis continues this week, providing a significant economic boost to the Gateway City. It is the third largest convention being held in St. Louis this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stifel: A powerhouse in public finance
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/16)
    The first week in August was the biggest ever for the public finance group at Stifel Financial Corp., which underwrote transactions totaling more than $1.2 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Want a low-interest loan? St. Louis is the right place
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
    In many ways, St. Louis banks are doing the best they have done since before the recession. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TheBANK of Edwardsville honored with national award
    (Riverbender.com, 9/22/16)
    TheBANK of Edwardsville has been nationally recognized by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its Fairmont City Center with a 2016 Community Commitment Award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators Announces Fall 2016 Accelerator Class
    (EQ, 9/19/16)
    St. Louis-based Capital Innovators announced at an event at CIC that the accelerator program has invested in six high-growth companies for its Fall 2016 cohort. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Announces Fall 2016 Cohort In Sports Business Accelerator
    (EQ, 9/21/16)
    After receiving over 200 applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures announces its Fall 2016 cohort for the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark leads $6.5 million investment in health care startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/21/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Tom Hillman last year, has led a $6.5 million Series B financing round for Wisconsin-based health care startup called Catalyze. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Economic Development Partnership expands startup incubator with $2 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/20/16)
    The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand its Wellston startup incubator. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University launches seed fund to invest in startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/19/16)
    Washington University has launched a $2 million seed fund named after its founder William Greenleaf Eliot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis gives Ireland a look for ag tech innovation
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
    In a glass-encased room under a white tent, ag tech startups took to a stage in a pitch competition on Tuesday. It was just a small part of the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland, what is now the largest ag trade show in Europe. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hacking Homelessness: St. Louis' Largest Hackathon Is About More Than Money
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/16/16)
    The tech world has knitted code into all manner of fixes for life’s little annoyances, such as avoiding wait times at restaurants or finding traffic shortcuts. But this month, more than a thousand programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs will begin hacking away in St. Louis at something much bigger: homelessness. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension sees fiscal 2016 profit fall on higher revenue
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/16)
    A major acquisition and the addition of new hospitals helped St. Louis-based Ascension increase revenue 6.6 percent in fiscal 2016 though profit tumbled. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ag Showcase breeds collaboration, $225,000 grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/15/16)
    When the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center first started its Ag Innovation Showcase event seven years ago, the plan was to build and reinforce St. Louis’ status as the global center of plant innovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lab space crunch: Urgency builds for biotech startup labs in wake of Monsanto deal
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/18/16)
    Seven years ago, Pfizer began cutting hundreds of research jobs from its former campus in Chesterfield as it moved much of its new drug development to the Boston area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis researchers hope genetically modified crops can prevent hunger in East Africa
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
    As botanist Nigel Taylor moves through a greenhouse kept to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity, he checks the stems of young, potted cassava plants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The business of education
    (The Alton Telegraph, 9/17/16)
    As far as education and earnings levels go, St. Louis isn’t too shabby. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE alumns' pioneering technology transforms inclusive learning
    (Riverbender.com, 9/16/16)
    With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students. But the accessibility of those gadgets is lacking for approximately six million U.S. students with special needs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Federal grant will help low-income students take AP tests
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
    Students from low-income students in Missouri and Illinois will be getting money from Washington to help pay for taking Advanced Placement tests. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry project to include high-rise offices and apartments
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/23/16)
    The planned $340 million redo of the Federal-Mogul foundry in midtown St. Louis as a trendy food hall and high-rise apartments and offices includes taxpayer help. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Building smarter, safer infrastructure
    (The Source, 9/21/16)
    A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to cloud computing for a smarter, self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Do we ‘have an absolute disdain for density?’ Comparing St. Louis to industrial cities in Europe
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
    As St. Louis looks to the future, it is worth a peek into the not-too-distant past to understand how other cities have overcome declining population and aging infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Shows Biggest Gain in Foreign-Born Population of 20 Largest Metros
    (Riverfront Times, 9/20/16)
    They're coming to America — and then they're coming to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson bakery helps create opportunities for area youth
    (KMOV, 9/20/16)
    Natalie Dubose opened Natalie's Cakes and More in June of 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri just two months before Michael Brown's death and the unrest that followed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production
    (NPR, 9/17/16)
    Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Zoo Conservation Program Receives National Award For Protecting Ozark Hellbender
    (The Missourian, 9/21/16)
    The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Saint Louis Zoo received Significant Achievement in AZA’s 2016 North American Conservation Award for its Ozark Hellbender Augmentation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Murmuration is a different type of festival
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/21/16)
    The Murmuration festival debuts this weekend in the Cortex district of mid-town St. Louis. Its focus is art, music, science and technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • Legislators Honored at Chamber Champions Dinner

    Sep 20, 2016
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber held its annual “Championing a Greater St. Louis” Dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis on September 19th.  The event recognized the service of members in the Illinois and Missouri General Assemblies, and acknowledged legislators who exhibited outstanding dedication and support for the Chamber’s legislative priorities in 2016 and the future.

    Chamber Policy Council Chair Jennifer Obertino, Vice President at AECOM, told the gathering that the Regional Chamber recognizes that public service is not easy, and sometimes doing the right thing is not always acknowledged or rewarded as an elected official. Speaking directly to the many legislators in attendance she thanked them for their service, dedication, and courage to make life better for everyone.

    Addressing the over 200 business leaders and elected officials, Regional Chamber President and CEO Joe Reagan emphasized the Chamber’s work in bringing people together for the benefit of a unified St. Louis region. Everyone, he said, has a role to play in driving equitable, abundant job creation and economic growth by advocating for public polices in three key areas: safety and security, equity and opportunity, and building and investing in regional infrastructure.  

    Warner Baxter, Chairman, President and CEO of Ameren and the new Board Chair for the Regional Chamber also thanked legislators for their leadership and dedication to inspiring a greater St. Louis, saying that “It is not just about fighting against legislative and policy initiatives…it is about being for something.” Baxter said the Chamber’s role in delivering this positive change to St. Louis is to drive economic development, market the region, prepare the workforce, and provide a policy perspective on the most important regional issues and priorities. 

    The 2016 honorees included Legacy Award winners Missouri Senators Joe Keaveny and Eric Schmitt for their tremendous public service and commitment to the Chamber’s priorities throughout their careers.  

    Sen. Eric Schmitt

    Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt Receiving the Legacy Award

    Sen. Joe Keaveny

    Missouri Sen. Joe Keaveny Giving his Acceptance Speech after Receiving the Legacy Award

    The Regional Chamber also recognized Missouri Reps. Mike Colona, Jim Hansen, Jeremy LaFaver, Sharon Pace, Caleb Rowden and Anne Zerr as Chamber Champions. These legislators helped to defeat SJR39, a far-reaching proposal to legalize discrimination against the LGBT community despite evidence of negative social and economic impact from similar legislation in other states. 

    Missouri Rep. Mike Kelley was recognized as a Chamber Champion for his sponsorship of a Missouri Earned Income Tax Credit, a Chamber priority in 2016, while Missouri Sen. Bob Dixon was recognized for his leadership in changing the use of deadly force for law enforcement.

    In addition to the Chamber Champion awardees, the Regional Chamber gave Advocate awards to Missouri Sen. Doug Libla for his efforts to obtain sufficient transportation funding by sponsoring a gas tax increase through the Senate, as well as Speaker of the House Todd Richardson for his continued commitment to meaningful ethics reform.

    The Chamber also recognized Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer and Missouri Rep. Tom Flanigan as Advocates. Sen. Schaefer and Rep. Flanigan led the effort to secure additional funding for the Missouri Technology Corporation, a public-private partnership that is critical to developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Missouri.

    The Regional Chamber bestowed four Catalyst Awards to up-and-coming lawmakers that demonstrate promise for advancing priority issues for the Chamber in the future.  Missouri Reps. Justin Alferman and Shamed Dogan and Illinois Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Jerry Costello, II received the awards for ethics reform efforts, work on the Illinois budget crisis, and economic development in Southwest Illinois, respectively.

    Joe Reagan

    Regional Chamber President & CEO Joe Reagan Addressing Guests at the Dinner

    See more photos from the event on the Chamber's Facebook page.