• St. Louis Press Pass

    May 06, 2016
    The Hartford: St. Louis Small Businesses Seek Significant Growth
    (Insurance Journal, 5/3/16)
    The Hartford says a recent survey shows that St. Louis small business owners are looking for significant growth this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2016’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business
    (WalletHub, 5/1/16)
    According to WalletHub, St. Louis is ranked 5th of 150 Best Large Cities to Start a Business, with a total score of 51.81. St. Louis received a 55 in the business environment rank, an 11 in the access to resources rank and a 7 in the costs rank. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rental car giant Enterprise buys Maryland Heights buildings for IT operations
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/29/16)
    Enterprise Holdings has acquired two office buildings in Maryland Heights for its information technology staff. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    "In an effort to ease space constraints, Enterprise Holdings purchased buildings on a Maryland Heights business campus that can house many of the company’s IT employees and accommodate future growth," said Enterprise's chief information officer and senior vice president Craig Kennedy. 
    With a big client, Twain raises millions, branches out
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
    Think of Twain Financial Partners as an offshoot of the U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp. St. Louis-based USBCDC, one of the largest tax credit investors in the nation, receives credits for its cash investments that its parent company, U.S. Bancorp, can use to offset its own income or sell to others who need offsets, called syndication. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IT consulting firm moves HQ to Maplewood
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/4/16)
    Faith Group, one of St. Louis’ largest information technology consulting firms with $10 million in local revenue, has moved its headquarters from Olivette to Maplewood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startups behind small business growth in St. Louis: Study
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/3/16)
    Small business owners in St. Louis expect to grow at a faster clip than others across the country, according to a study recently released by The Hartford. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators Demo Day 2016 Happening May 17 At The Pageant
    (EQ, 4/27/16)
    Whether you’re an investor, a founder or a startup voyeur, the annual Capital Innovators Demo Day is the place to be on May 17, happening at The Pageant from 1-5 pm. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Varsity Tutors moves to new Clayton headquarters
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
    Hanley Corporate Tower, the downtown Clayton office building that recently got a $6.5 million facelift from owner KBS Realty Advisors of California, is getting another new tenant. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    American Medical Association to collaborate with IDEA Labs
    (The Source, 5/3/16)
    IDEA Labs, a student-run bioengineering and design incubator started at Washington University in St. Louis, will expand its national reach through a partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA). The collaboration is aimed at supporting cutting-edge medical technology development from the next generation of young entrepreneurs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    THE DOCTOR IS IN: SSM Health Breast Care more comprehensive than ever with new additions
    (St. Charles County Suburban Journals, 5/4/16)
    When you think of breast health, you may automatically think of cancer. But breast health isn’t necessarily about managing and recovering from disease — it’s about prevention, as well. Maintaining good breast health is important for women of all ages and no one understands that better than the women at SSM Health Breast Care. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local hospital brings medical care home through telemedicine program
    (KMOV, 5/3/16)
    Christian Hospital is offering patients basic medical care at their home through their telemedicine program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Flamel Technologies gets FDA approval for blood pressure drug
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/3/16)
    Flamel Technologies, a pharmaceutical drug discovery company based in France with its executive office in St. Louis, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its Akovaz drug. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Freight group says St. Louis region has undersold role as a logistics hub
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/1/16)
    The St. Louis region is the farthest point north on the Mississippi River before a barge encounters locks and dams, and is home to two international cargo airports. Four interstates slice through the area, as do six Class 1 railroads. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The St. Louis Regional Freightway's purpose is to coordinate planning and projects for the region’s freight and shipping infrastructure, as well as to expand the local industrial business market on both sides of the Mississippi.
    Boeing CEO confident Hazelwood fighter lines' production will extend into 2020s
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/3/16)
    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Monday that new potential orders, from both the U.S. and overseas, will help keep its defense lines in Hazelwood running into the 2020s. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    University president puts Harris-Stowe in context
    (The St. Louis American, 5/6/16)
    In the past two years, Harris-Stowe State University has undergone a significant transformation in its identity and approach to meeting the higher education needs of St. Louis. Out of this transformation, a “new Harris-Stowe State University" has risen. Harris-Stowe’s historic mission has been to meet students at their current level of academic readiness and to provide opportunity and nurturing to guide them to success. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HUD approves $15 million loan guarantee for St. Clair County economic development
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced the approval of a $15 million loan guarantee to help St. Clair County establish a loan fund to help finance economic and community development projects within the county. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mixed-use project slated for development near Busch Stadium
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/3/16)
    A redevelopment plan to construct a mixed-use building one block west of Busch Stadium has been submitted to St. Louis’ Board of Aldermen. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Following House Action, Business and Civic Groups Urge Senate to Pass Earned Income Tax Credit
    (KMOE, 5/4/16)
    With a week and a half left in the Missouri legislative session, business and civic groups are calling on the Missouri Senate to quickly enact a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Hundreds of thousands of Missourians would benefit from the credit, which incentivizes work and increases economic mobility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    It’s official: Wentworth is CEO of Express Scripts
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/4/16)
    George Paz has officially retired from his role as CEO of Express Scripts Holding Co., the St. Louis region’s largest public company, passing the reins on to Tim Wentworth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Dean Mahendra Gupta named executive of the year by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis
    (The American Bazaar, 5/2/16)
    Mahendra Gupta, dean of the Olin Business School at Washington University, has been named executive of the year by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis. Gupta will be honored at the chamber’s annual dinner, on May 18 at the Mandarin House Banquet Hall in University City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri shows how to work through a contentious issue
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/3/16)
    For several weeks now, one of the most discussed topics in the Missouri Capitol has been Senate Joint Resolution 39. Fortunately, the House committee considering this legislation has determined that this flawed bill will not advance. This is good news and also shows why Missouri is a great place to live and work. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Growing Hispanic community in STL prompts hires by commerce group
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/28/16)
    A recent list showing St. Louis to be one of the best cities in the Midwest for Hispanic businesses came as no surprise to one local agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Noguchi Ceiling From 1940s Is Uncovered at U-Haul in St. Louis
    (The New York Times, 5/3/16)
    An undulating lobby ceiling that Isamu Noguchi sculpted in the 1940s has emerged at a U-Haul branch in St. Louis, two decades after it was hidden by partitions and dropped ceiling panels. Noguchi designed the feature, known as a lunar landscape, for the building’s original owner, the American Stove Company. Its amoeba-shape channels, originally meant to conceal light bulbs, were recently unveiled. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The undulating lobby ceiling was unveiled recently at a local U-Haul.
    A Bud and beyond: St. Louis' craft beer scene expands its realm
    (The Chicago Tribune, 5/5/16)
    If Budweiser is America's king of beers, then in St. Louis, it's been the king, the queen, the godfather, the grand wizard and the tollbooth collector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 29, 2016
    Missouri 'Religious Freedom' Bill Defeated In House Committee Vote
    (NPR, 4/27/16)
    Missouri's so-called religious freedom bill may be dead for this year. The amendment to the state Constitution would have protected people who didn't want to provide services related to same-sex marriages, including clerks, clergy and businesses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    LGBT-rights supporters take part in a rally outside the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., on March 31. An amendment to the state Constitution protecting people who object to same-sex marriage failed in a committee vote on Wednesday, effectively killing the bill.
    Justice Department approves Charter's acquisition of Time Warner Cable with conditions
    (St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/25/16)
     The U.S. Justice Department on Monday gave antitrust approval to Charter Communications’ proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks, which would create the second-largest U.S. broadband provider and third-largest video provider. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Help working families break cycle of poverty
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/26/16)
    We can and must do more to help Missouri’s most economically disadvantaged working families break the cycle of poverty. As civic and business leaders, we are advocates for sensible public policies that encourage and incentivize employment and self-reliance to achieve income growth and reduce long-term dependency on government aid. This is why we support the Missouri Legislature’s efforts to create a state earned income tax credit. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Laclede Group expands south with $344 million acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal. 4/26/16)
    The Laclede Group Inc. has agreed to acquire EnergySouth Inc., the parent of Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas, from a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) for $344 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A move from Otterville to Festus pays off for Midwest Regional
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    Six years ago, Midwest Regional Bank had $73 million in assets, a loan portfolio of $55 million, was losing money and operating out of a modular trailer in Festus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Initial state budget includes increase for Missouri Technology Corp.
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/25/16)
    A preliminary state budget includes a total budget increase of $7.05 million for the Missouri Technology Corp., according to Jason Hall of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cortex wraps $5 million overhaul to Sarah Street building
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/26/16)
    Cortex crews have completed work on the third and final phase of the $5 million renovation of the old Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) building, now called CIC@CET. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Need for high-tech workers is critical, say community leaders
    (St. Charles County Suburban Journals, 4/27/16)
    There is a critical need for more high-tech workers was the resounding message to St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann when he recently met with over 20 business and community leaders at the Information Technology Leader’s Luncheon hosted by the Missouri Job Center of St. Charles County, the second in an ongoing series of high-level business sector gatherings, according to a press release. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Anthem CEO plans for growth on Obamacare insurance exchanges
    (St. Louis Post-Disptach, 4/27/16)
    Health insurer Anthem Inc. on Wednesday said it is not planning to exit the Obamacare individual insurance exchanges next year like competitor UnitedHealth Group, and is planning instead on growth in that market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Technology brings Memorial Hospital emergency plans into 21st Century
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 4/17/16)
    Experts say taking a few minutes to plan ahead for emergencies at home can save lives. But it’s another thing when there’s an emergency in a multi-floor hospital full of patients, staff and hazardous materials. Plans for safe disaster response in hospitals — or schools, factories and high-rise buildings, too, for that matter — need to be more involved. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Breaking Down BioGenerator
    (EQ, 4/25/16)
    What is BioGenerator?  The short answer: A subsidiary of the non-profit organization BioSTL that was formed in 2003 to create, grow and invest in life science startups in the St. Louis region. The long answer: Their footprint is more complex than what a single sentence can explain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    “Most people probably don’t realize that we actually have a really complex mission,” says Eric Gulve (not pictured), president of BioGenerator. “We are addressing a number of different issues in the life science startup space. 
    How Drones Can Give a Boost to Biofuels
    (MIT Technology Review, 4/21/16)
    Next month, a team of researchers will load one small aerial drone and two ground drones with sensors and release them on a field planted with hundreds of varieties of sorghum. In just one trip, the three drones, along with several stationary sensors, are expected to gather enough intel to construct a 3-D model of the field that will help researchers do what’s historically taken plant breeders ages to accomplish—pinpoint when a single plant in the field of sorghum varieties is thriving beyond expectation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bi-State freight district unveils official name, priority projects
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 4/27/16)
    With the official launch of the St. Louis Regional Freightway came a draft list of potential projects that are needed to align economic development with the region’s supply chain, the Bi-State Development enterprise said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lumber company at 75 years
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/23/16)
    The Fischer Lumber Company is a huge presence in East Alton. The company’s warehouses fill a large stretch of Shamrock Street. Another five acres not visible from the street add to the company’s size. There are so many buildings that Jim Fischer lost count. “We have at least 15,” he said. “It depends on how you count, because some are connected.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New park planned for Grand Center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
    A new public park is coming to a green space at Grand Boulevard and Grandel Square in Grand Center, near the Grand Center Arts Academy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Community Foundation wraps up record year
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/29/16)
    The St. Louis Community Foundation set a record during its 2016 fiscal year by doling out $63.2 million in 4,300 grants to nonprofits. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Starbucks Opens its First Store in Ferguson
    (Fortune, 4/29/16)
    Starbucks has officially opened the doors to the coffee giant’s first store in Ferguson, Mo., part of a broader strategy to venture into lower-income communities. The Ferguson store, however, is symbolically important as it is city that is perhaps most well known in recent years for the unrest after an 18-year-old unarmed black teen was killed by police officers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Blues-Blackhawks Game 7 shatters FOX Sports Midwest all-time ratings record
    (FOX Sports, 4/26/16)
    The St. Louis Blues' dramatic 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals was the most-watched telecast in the history of FOX Sports Midwest.&nbnbsp;>> CLICK FOR MORE
    A Chess Renaissance in the Midwest
    (The New Yorker, 4/28/16)
    Last month, in Moscow, Fabiano Caruana played chess for two weeks at the Candidates Cup, whose winner, each year, goes on to face the sitting world champion. By the end, the twenty-three-year-old American—born in Miami, raised in Brooklyn, with no formal education after middle school other than chess-studying stints in Madrid, Budapest, Lugano, and elsewhere—was one game away from earning the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen, the twenty-five-year-old Norwegian who has been the best chess player in the world for much of the past six years, and who, in 2014, achieved the highest chess rating in history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis Science Center selected as Smithsonian Institution Affiliate
    (St. Louis American, 4/23/16)
    The Saint Louis Science Center has been named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The Science Center is the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the St. Louis area, and second in the state of Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Robotics booms in St. Louis as thousands of students gather to 'compete with their minds'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/28/16)
    About 29,000 students and 800 robots descended on downtown Wednesday in preparation for the FIRST Championship, the most prestigious robotics competition in the world. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Members from Australian team Thunder from Down Under make slight adjustments on their robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition on Thursday.