• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 15, 2016
    Jerry Kent reaches for the clouds on the way to building his next billion-dollar company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    For all intents and purposes, Jerry Kent is in the cherry-picking business. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bayer's new bid for Monsanto likely will be rejected, analysts say
    (CNBC, 7/14/16)
    Even though German chemical and drug company Bayer has sweetened the pot in its attempt to win seed giant Monsanto, analysts suggest the U.S. company's board is likely to reject the roughly $65 billion offer and could pursue other transactions such as combining with BASF's agro-chemicals unit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis office market doing OK
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/11/16)
    The St. Louis office market is gobbling up space at a decent rate but rents remain flat. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First Bank shops Clayton properties
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    First Bank is looking to unload a trio of properties in the heart of downtown Clayton, including the site where its north Clayton branch is located, at 135 N. Meramec Ave. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture capital firms invest $35 million in St. Louis firms in second quarter
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/14/16)
    Seven St. Louis companies attracted $35 million in venture capital during the second quarter, according to the authoritative MoneyTree report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Yield Lab Announces Launch Of The Yield Lab Galway
    (EQ, 7/15/16)
    The Yield Lab announced the launch of the Yield Lab Galway, a food and agriculture technology venture fund and business accelerator Friday from Galway, Ireland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Government contractor opens Cortex office
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/14/16)
    NJVC, an IT solutions provider that works mostly with the federal government, has opened a new office in the Cambridge Innovation Center in the Cortex innovation district. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edwardsville startup eyes booming online food ordering market
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/10/16)
    Ordello, a startup with an office on campus at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is leveling the playing field, building websites for independent restaurants that allow customers to order online. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis-based startup creating product to allow plants to grow without soil
    (KMOV, 7/13/16)
    A St. Louis-based startup company is working to create a product that will allow plants to grow in any environment without soil. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Robots Soon Coming to Arch Grounds in Downtown St. Louis
    (CBS St. Louis, 7/14/16)
    Get ready to see robots roaming the sidewalks of downtown St. Louis. A company called Starship Technologies is testing out how the general population will react to delivery robots in the United States. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital first in Metro East to use Multipoint Pacing technology for heart patients
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in partnership with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, is the first facility in the Metro East to utilize the new MultiPoint Pacing technology, featured on the Quadra Allure MP CRT-pacemaker. Prairie cardiologist Dr. Atul Shah performed the procedure recently in the multi-million-dollar electrophysiology lab at the Belleville campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC plans to build doctors building next to Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/12/16)
    The Shiloh Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a planned unit development and special use applications submitted by BJC HealthCare to construct a $22 million office building next to Memorial Hospital East. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University studying possible Alzheimer’s preventative treatments
    (KMOV, 7/14/16)
    Washington University School of Medicine recently received a $4.3 million grant to study a potential preventative treatment for Alzheimer’s disease -- decades before symptoms arrive. Men and women are coming to St. Louis from all around the country to take part. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Global Trade Plan builds on Granite City port efforts
    (Metro East Chronicle, 7/6/16)
    As Panamanian officials last week celebrated the opening of the expanded Panama Canal – designed to facilitate mega-freighter traffic between the U.S. and Asia – top St. Louis area business and political leaders moved into the second phase of a drive to position the Gateway region for a new era in international trade. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bull Moose acquires sprinkler assets
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/13/16)
    Bull Moose Tube, a subsidiary Chesterfield-based Bull Moose Industries that makes sprinkler pipe, has acquired additional sprinkler pipe assets that will be incorporated into two of its manufacturing mills in Trenton, Georgia, and Casa Grande, Arizona. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developers want $57 million in incentives for logistics park on old Chrysler site
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/13/16)
    The developers of the former Chrysler site in Fenton are seeking $57 million in public assistance to turn the former auto assembly site into a $222 million business park with warehouses, hotels and offices. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIU trustees approve over $3 million in contracts for Edwardsville campus
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at their regular meeting in Springfield on Thursday, approved over $3 million in contracts for work at the Edwardsville campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE lands among Forbes Magazine’s top colleges
    (The Alton Telegraph, 7/12/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top four public universities in the state according to Forbes magazine’s top colleges ranking. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    WUSTL announces need-based scholarship for local students
    (The St. Louis American, 7/13/16)
    Washington University in St. Louis has announced a major new scholarship initiative that will support low-income and first-generation students from the St. Louis region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL puts prospective students on fast track to admissions
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/7/16)
    Joseph Hill wanted to join his twin brother in the accounting program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis this fall, but he didn’t quite have his act together. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Putting St. Louis on the Map
    (Ladue News, 7/7/16)
    Students considering relocating to St. Louis to attend the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis now have a new tool available to help them learn more about the city and its surroundings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hotel Indigo coming to downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/8/16)
    By late next year, two empty buildings at a downtown St. Louis streetcorner will be redone as Hotel Indigo St. Louis at the Arch, the project's developer said Friday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Artistic Panels Salvaged From Crestwood Plaza
    (Webster-Kirkwood Times, 7/15/16)
    Crestwood Mayor Gregg Roby and the board of aldermen have rescued 25 unique artistic panels by sculptor Saunders Schultz and artist William Conrad Severson from the wrecking ball at the old Crestwood Plaza. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Six Big Proposals for the Maryland Park Lake District Development Area
    (nextSTL, 7/8/16)
    From the City of Maryland Heights: The City has begun the process of studying the proposals and conducting a series of public workshops and other meetings for input leading to a final decision sometime in February on which developments will proceed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mayor Slay touts success and growth in youth jobs program
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/13/16)
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is touting progress in the city's efforts to employ teenagers and young adults over the summer. STL Youth Jobs launched nearly four years ago as a collaboration between the city and civic partners to offer paid positions and training opportunities for at-risk youth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis teen entrepreneurs dream of business success
    (KSDK, 7/11/16)
    A 16-year-old awaits word of a deal to internationally market his device for foot pain. Two 14-year-olds dream of growing their internet clothing line. Instead of taking it easy this summer, these teenagers talk about cash flow, marketing, and the Holy Grail of sales: creating products that are cool. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New museum honors the blues
    (CBS Sunday Mornings, 7/10/16)
    A recent museum opening has some folks in St. Louis singing the blues - and they couldn't be any happier about it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Six Mile Bridge, Kräftig win gold at U.S. Open Beer Championship
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/13/16)
    The U.S. Open Beer Championship announced its annual medal winners this week, and two St. Louis breweries won gold. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Swap Meet opens new Riverfront Market
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/15/16)
    The St. Louis Swap Meet is having a grand opening of its riverfront location below the Gateway Arch this weekend. The new monthly event is a partnership of the St Louis Swap Meetand Great Rivers Greenway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • SLMPD Chief Sam Dotson Discusses Public Safety Challenges at Missouri Public Affairs Network Meeting

    Jul 12, 2016

    St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Sam Dotson spoke to The St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Missouri Public Affairs Network (MOPAN) meeting on Friday, July 8th, discussing issues of safety and security in our region, as well as the murder of five police officers in Dallas the night before. 

    Chief Sam Dotson
    Chief Dotson speaks to the Missouri Public Affairs Network as Chair Leann Chilton looks on

    Leann Chilton, MOPAN Chair and Director of Government Relations for BJC HealthCare, asked for a moment of reflection in the wake of fatal shootings of African-American men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as the deadly attack on police officers in Dallas.  She called upon Missouri Public Affairs Network to share their policy concerns on safety and security with the group and with Chief Dotson.

    After hearing from the Chamber members, Chief Dotson acknowledged, “St. Louis has too much crime,” and noted that cities across the country are struggling with the same surge in violent crime.  Pointing out that overall crime has been on the decline for the last 25 years, and that St. Louis has seen the same decline as other cities, Chief Dotson explained that he has to address both the actual crime level as well as the public perception of crime.

    Asking, “How do we decrease crime and make people feel safe?” the Chief noted there are two key ways:  The first is through police officers and the second is through technology.  Officers on the streets make people feel safe and technology allows officers to be more effective. 

    The Chief also posed the question, “Why are we so challenged by crime in St. Louis?”  Two issues he noted were very concentrated poverty and racial segregation.  He noted the solution isn’t a policing issue, “The way to address the crime problem is economics.”  Forty percent of the crime is in five percent of the block segments.  The police can’t arrest their way out of the problem.  He also spoke about his focus on outcomes: police work is not about sending people to jail but is about allowing people to be and feel secure in their communities. 

    The Chief listed off a few of the challenges he faces: As of the start of July, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department was 127 officers short of the 1,300 that they are budgeted to have.  SLMPD is on a path to have all vacancies filled by next summer.  The hurdles the department faces in recruitment include lower pay than other departments in the region and the fact that a career in law enforcement is viewed less favorably today than it was in the past.  Chief Dotson expressed his desire for an additional 160 officers, in addition to the ones currently in the budget.  An additional 160 officers would cost approximately $8 million per year. 

    Chief Dotson also expressed his support for specialized gun courts, remarking, “If we’re going to be serious about crime we have to be serious about gun crime.”  In the first six months of 2016 the SLMPD has seized 1,000 illegal guns.  He also opposes Missouri Senate Bill 656, which would allow all citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, noting that his officers have a difficult job already and the legislation takes away the training requirement for carrying a lethal instrument.