• St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 22, 2016
    Centene Acquires More Land, Set to Go Big in Clayton
    (nextSTL, 4/16/16)
    While Centene’s purchase of land at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard, has been known since late 2014, that project, or projects, may be bigger than initially understood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    World Wide Technology scores DISA storage services contract worth up to $427M
    (FierceGovernmentIT, 4/15/16)
    Technology integrator World Wide Technology, in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, has been awarded an Enterprise Storage Services II contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    D.C. firm to add 50 jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
    Anacomp Inc., a Washington, D.C.-area document management company, plans to open a new data center in Maryland Heights next month that will create 50 jobs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How Jim McKelvey's Launchcode Is Helping Unconventional Tech Talent
    (Fast Company, 4/18/16)
    Through its St. Louis headquarters and year-and-a-half-old Miami outpost, LaunchCode has found apprenticeships for more than 360 people, with 86% of them still working in comparable tech positions six months later. With the help of executive director Brendan Lind, McKelvey is lining up more employers, many of which pay a $5,000 fee for every apprentice they hire, bringing the nonprofit closer to self-sufficiency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sold out Demo Day for Prosper Women Entrepreneurs in STL
    (Silicon Prairie News, 4/18/16)
    Introductions. Innovation. High energy. That’s what attendees to the sold out Prosper Women Entrepreneur’s Demo Day experienced Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    (Left) Suz Somersall, Co-Founder and CEO of KiraKira and (right) Malena Southworth, Co-Founder of KiraKira.
    IDEA Labs expands beyond St. Louis, seeks to create innovative solutions to medical problems
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/21/16)
    Barnell and her team are just one of several companies that have come together with the help of IDEA Labs, a nonprofit started in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. IDEA Labs brings together “students, faculty, staff, and local entrepreneurs to tackle unmet needs in healthcare delivery and clinical medicine.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startup company helping entrepreneurs connect in St. Charles County
    (KMOV, 4/18/16)
    St. Charles County is one of the top 25 places for tech companies, according to a recent report from the Progressive Policy Institute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cancer drug startup raises $5 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/20/16)
    Confluence Life Sciences, a startup that is developing new drugs to treat cancer and other inflammatory diseases, has raised $4.83 million from a group of investors, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MMS merger already lands $1 billion VA contract
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    MMS - A Medical Supply Co. just wrapped up in recent weeks its merger with two other medical distributors to create Concordance Healthcare Solutions, and the newly formed company already has landed a contract worth more than $1 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM, BJC see early success in new care model
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16)
    The St. Louis area’s two largest health care systems are seeing early success in a federal program that rewards providers for achieving better patient outcomes while lowering the cost of care, according to the latest report by St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM adds 100 to its payroll in Walgreens deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    SSM Health plans to hire the 75 to 100 nurse practitioners and patient-care technicians that currently staff the 27 Walgreens clinics that are part of the newly inked deal between the health care system and the retail pharmacy chain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New technology at Washington University is a life-saver for local woman
    (KSDK, 4/18/16)
    Lungs are one of the most difficult organs to transplant. They are fragile and susceptible to infection which was a problem, even when they did finally find a possible donor for Michelle...but now, the Washington University School of Medicine has a new tool, the XVIVO perfusion system. It's a machine housed at Mid-America Transplant that's designed to enhance lung function before transplantation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KE2 raises another $1.5 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/18/16)
    KE2 Therm Solutions, a Washington, Missouri-based developer and manufacturer of smart refrigeration controllers, has raised $1.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Paulo buys new St. Louis facility for future expansion
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/19/16)
    Paulo Products Co., which operates heat treating facilities, is expanding its St. Louis footprint with a new facility adjacent to its St. Louis headquarters just south of Forest Park. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University to offer family business program
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    Washington University on Friday said that its Olin Business School will begin a family business program this fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Why are local teachers embedding in St. Louis startups this summer?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/18/16)
    When Nate Marschalk, the executive director of the local education innovation non-profit The Disruption Department, heard of the new Education Innovation Fellowship program being piloted by St. Louis’ Venture Café and St. Louis Public Schools, he was immediately against the idea. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Finally Gets a Regional Community Development System
    (Next City, 4/18/16)
    Only 11 percent of St. Louis metro’s population lives inside city limits. With most community development corporations (CDCs) located in the city (and dwindling support for them—CDBGs have been cut by $39 million statewide in Missouri since 2010, part of a nationwide pattern) local leaders saw the need for a region-focused retooling when it comes to economic development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Metro transit project to spawn city development
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
    The more than 7,000 passengers who use the Civic Center Transit Center in downtown St. Louis every day will need to adjust their routes as Metro begins an 18-month-long expansion project that’s part of a larger renaissance in improving public transportation to cultivate St. Louis economic development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis wants 'gigabit' Internet speeds
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/16)
    St. Louis economic development officials want someone to give St. Louis the kind of ultra-fast Internet service that Google is bringing to Kansas City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    University City hopes to grow business with Olive Link
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/21/16)
    Dustin Chalfant and his Senn Bierwerks partners looked at nearly two dozen sites for their brewery but kept circling back to an empty lot on Olive Boulevard in University City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Brother, sister slowly bring luster back to Alton’s historic buildings
    (Illinois Business Journal, 4/22/16)
    Many people look at deteriorating buildings and see history in decline. Mike and Jeannine Kelly look at such structures and see history in the making. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Big Business Speaks Up on Social Issues
    (The Wall Street Journal, 4/17/16)
    Companies used to avoid hot-button social issues, fearing that any strong stance could alienate customers and staff. Now, executives say it is far more risky to stay silent on issues such as gay rights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Highbrow program for ex-cons in St. Louis hires an ex-con to help lead it
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/20/16)
    Perhaps it's fitting that a new multi-million dollar program designed to help people rebuild their lives after prison hired an ex-con to be one of its executives. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Zoo Redo
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/22/16)
    The St. Louis Zoo has drafted plans for a $500 million, 25-year redevelopment and expansion that remakes the zoo’s southern half, complete with galloping giraffes, free-flying flamingos, a 2,000-foot-long gondola line and — perhaps — giant pandas. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis, Sacramento 'front-runners' for MLS expansion
    (EPSN FC, 4/21/16)
    Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says St. Louis and Sacramento are the leading candidates for the next round of expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 15, 2016
    St. Louis among Fed districts reporting 'sizeable' wage increase for key jobs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/13/16)
    The U.S. economy continued to expand from late February to early April and low unemployment appears to be spurring an uptick in wage growth, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The State of Small Business: Missouri
    (Business Daily News, 4/13/16)
    Business owners in Missouri cited the low cost of living, ample networking opportunities and a business-friendly environment as pluses of doing business in the state. Even some of the challenges, such as a low unemployment rate that is making it more difficult for entrepreneurs to hire, are indicative of a healthy economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Southwest Airlines expands at Lambert Airport
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/11/16)
    Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s biggest airline carrier is expanding its presence in order to gear up for more flights. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture investments are down, but not in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/15/16)
    Venture capital funds invested $54.4 million in Missouri companies between January and March, the highest first-quarter total since 2010. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arch Grants joins push for increased MTC funding
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    Arch Grants, the St. Louis-based organization that has invested more than invested $4.2 million of non-equity grants into nearly 80 startups, has joined a coalition of St. Louis-area officials pushing for the state lawmakers to nearly double the amount of funding for the Missouri Technology Corp. (MTC). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty And St. Louis Recognized As Pioneering FinTech Community
    (EQ, 4/6/16)
    SixThirty and St. Louis were recently recognized by Village Capital and VilCap Communities as a pioneering start-up community for our competitive advantage and work in FinTech. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Google, Apple and this St. Louis startup are tops in indoor mapping industry
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/13/16)
    Google. Apple. And St. Louis-based startup Aisle411. Those are the three most innovative companies in indoor location, analytics and advertising in the retail industry, according ABI Research’s Location Technologies Service. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis University Hospital set to begin first major construction project in decades
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/11/16)
    This week St. Louis University Hospital will break ground on a new center to treat complex cancers, and it will be the first major construction project to take place on the hospital's campus since 1985. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    OSF HealthCare invests in St. Louis medical device startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/13/16)
    OSF HealthCare, a Catholic health care organization based out of Peoria, Illinois, has launched a new $75 million venture capital arm called OSF Ventures. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danforth Plant Science Center’s $45 million expansion opens 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/15/16)
    For Dr. Bill Danforth, the recent $45 million expansion named after him at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center helps make St. Louis the global hub of life science research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lee Biosolutions makes first deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/8/16)
    Lee Biosolutions has made its first acquisition, buying the product line and intellectual property of Indianapolis-based Creative Laboratory Products Inc. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Westar Said to Get Bid Interest From Ameren, Canadian Funds
    (Bloomberg, 4/8/16)
    Westar Energy Inc., the biggest electric utility in Kansas, has drawn takeover interest from rival Ameren Corp. as well as an investor consortium that includes Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, according to people familiar with the matter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren training new generation of smart workers
    (Illinois Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    The smart grid is the next generation of technology keeping the lights on in Illinois homes and businesses, and many of the next generation of crewmen to service it are coming out of training facilities in Belleville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capitol Land adding 120 acres in Glen Carbon
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/8/16)
    The developer behind Edwardsville Crossing, one of the largest retail projects in Edwardsville, now has another 120 acres under contract in neighboring Glen Carbon. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prairie Farms' move begins to take shape
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 4/2/16)
    The city of Edwardsville has started taking the necessary steps to facilitate the move of Prairie Farms Dairy to town. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KWAME/HR Green Joint Venture Team Begins Airfield Improvement Project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
    (St. Louis CNR, 4/11/16)
    A joint venture team of Kwame Building Group, Inc. and HR Green (KWAME/HR Green) has begun work on a $7 million taxiway reconstruction project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New designs filed for $4 million Chapman Plaza at Shaw Park
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/11/16)
    Chapman Plaza architect SWT Design has released new renderings of the project that is slated to be built at the north entrance to Shaw Park in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hicor Group to invest $1 million in new Grand Center HQ
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    Officials with The Hicor Group, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Chameleon Integrated Services, said they plan to invest more than $1 million to redevelop a 7,000-square-foot building in Grand Center that will serve as the company’s new headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    More businesses join push to defeat ‘religious freedom’ bill
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/12/16)
    Missouri Competes, a group organized in part by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, on Tuesday unveiled a variety of businesses and organizations that oppose the state’s so-called “religious freedom” resolution. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SJR 39 will hurt Missourians and Missouri companies
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/12/16)
    As business leaders proud to operate in the Show-Me State, we know the importance of promoting a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. In the global competition for talent, the success of our companies is heavily based on our ability to attract and retain the best and most diverse group of highly skilled workers, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CIC Announces Kim Plank As General Manager
    (EQ, 4/11/16)
    CIC St. Louis announced today that Kim Plank will become its new St. Louis general manager replacing Dougan Sherwood, founder and managing director of CIC St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene to host grand opening for Ferguson Service Center
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/14/16)
    Less than one month after the shooting death of Michael Brown and the protests that immediately followed, Centene Corporation made a commitment to Ferguson. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City, County pledge nearly $2M to Concordance Academy
    (St. Louis American, 4/11/16)
    Eighty-three percent of Missouri prisoners released to the community struggle with substance abuse; 72 percent will not find a full-time job; and 48 percent without a GED return to prison within two years. >> CLICK FOR MORE