• St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 08, 2016
    Mayor Slay not seeking re-election
    (KMOV, 4/8/16)
     St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will not run for re-election. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Earnings tax, bond issue overwhelmingly pass in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/5/16)
    City residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly chose to keep taxing their incomes by 1 percent. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Mayor Francis Slay casting his ballot at the polling station.
    St. Louis area housing market 'crazy busy'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/8/16)
    Multiple offers. First-day-on-the-market sales for over the asking price. A jump in the number of transactions. That’s a snapshot of the local housing market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro East housing statistics on the rise, local Realtors say
    (Illinois Business Journal, 4/6/16)
    The Metro East housing market continued to make strides in the number of homes sold and the median home price in February 2016. The Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois released the February 2016 housing statistics, resulting in a higher number of homes sold in St. Clair, Monroe and Clinton Counties in February 2016 compared to February 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TierPoint completes Cosentry acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/1/16)
    TierPoint LLC officials said Thursday that they completed the previously announced acquisition of Cosentry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Information Technology Firm Marks 15 Years Serving St. Louis Area Businesses
    (Saint Louis CNR, 4/6/16)
    TDK Technologies, the St. Louis Information Technology consulting firm that has received national and regional recognition for growth and innovation, marks 15 years serving the technology and management services needs of St. Louis area customers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Israeli tech company NRGene to open St. Louis office
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/7/16)
    Israeli tech company NRGene plans to open an office in the Cortex innovation district that will serve as its U.S. base of operations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty Announces Its Spring 2016 Cohort
    (EQ, 4/6/16)
    SixThirty announced the five companies comprising their spring 2016 cohort last night at T-REX. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Has Added These Four Startups To Its Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator Program
    (SportTechie, 4/6/16)
    Stadia Ventures, the growing sports accelerator out of St. Louis, has announced the selection of five sports startups that will be entering their Spring 2016 Sports Accelerator program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    EndoStim raises $11 million AFTER canceled stock offering
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/1/16)
    EndoStim, the St. Louis-based medical device maker that earlier this year canceled plans to go public, has raised more than $11 million from a group of undisclosed investors, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto aims to tackle looming global food crisis
    (MarketWatch, 4/6/16)
    Monsanto Co. is aiming to tackle a looming global food shortage, in a move seen as potentially improving its frayed reputation and boosting its bottom line long term. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A-B places bigger bet on twist-off aluminum bottles
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/8/16)
    St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. unit of Belgium-based A-B InBev, just completed construction on its $160 million expansion of its Metal Container Corp. facility in Arnold that doubles production capacity to 1 billion aluminum bottles annually. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges For Women
    (Forbes, 3/29/16)
    Using our 2016 Best Value colleges ranking, we determined which schools are helping launch women into STEM professions. Other standouts on our list include Washington University in St. Louis (MO), Duke University (NC) and Princeton University (NJ), which round out the top five. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Does the Scottrade Center need a facelift?
    (KSDK, 4/4/16)
    The Scottrade Center is now 22 years old. New buildings are being built all over the country. The Blues and St. Louis Sports Commission are not asking for a new facility. They are asking for improvements. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis boardinghouse where a union was born will be preserved as a museum
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/1/16)
    A former boardinghouse in St. Louis that played a role in the birth of the country’s largest electrical union is being transformed into a $6 million museum by local members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Missouri investing $25 million to replace aging infrastructure downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 4/4/16)
    Ameren Missouri is spending $25 million to replace outdated infrastructure, underground cables, and adding technology to better serve downtown customers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Business backlash against same-sex marriage proposal in Missouri Legislature continues
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/16)
    More business leaders are coming out in opposition to a resolution in the Missouri Legislature that would grant greater legal protections to those opposed to same-sex marriage. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Does St. Louis' earnings tax affect business growth? It depends on who you ask
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/31/16)
    It’s hard to tell how much impact St. Louis’ 1 percent earnings tax has on attracting businesses to the city. Arguments over the effects of the tax are largely anecdotal. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Moss supporters say he's the right fit for Ferguson
    (U.S. News, 4/1/16)
    Delrish Moss experienced the worst of policing growing up in inner-city Miami. Those close to him say that makes him the ideal person to bring the best of it to Ferguson, Missouri, where African-American mistrust of police dates long before the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $2 million pledged in St. Louis area for new program to help ex-offenders
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/5/16)
     Leaders from St. Charles County, St. Louis and St. Louis County are committing $2 million toward an effort to reduce the likelihood that ex-convicts will return to prison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis scholarships to learn coding, thanks to Karlie Kloss
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 4/6/16)
    It's a program to encourage more girls to pursue the challenge and job placement advantages that come with mastering computer coding techniques. And what better instigator for the program than an acclaimed beauty with a brainy side. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis celebrates National Blues Museum debut
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 4/2/16)
    The National Blues Museum — a sensory rich, colorful homage to blues music — is now open in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The Normandy High School band plays outside of the National Blues Museum in honor of its grand opening.
    Swansea, Illinois-based studio helping design Grand Center development; Kranzberg Arts Foundation developing new multi-purpose venue at St. Louis’ historic Cadillac Building
    (The Alton Telegraph, 4/5/16)
    Further building on its commitment to make St. Louis a world-class center for the arts, The Kranzberg Arts Foundation, established and headed by philanthropists and arts supporters Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, is currently developing a new multi-purpose venue in Grand Center’s historic Cadillac Building. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forest Park in St. Louis Wins Best City Park
    (USA Today 10Best, 4/4/16)
    With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy free fun in your local city park. We asked a team of park and planning experts to help us nominate the top city parks in the United States. Nearly 60 parks were brought into the discussion, but we narrowed it down to 20 of the best to turn over to our readers to vote. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Apr 01, 2016
    St. Louis among most cost-competitive cities for business, report says
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/30/16)
    St. Louis is among the top 10 most cost-friendly cities to do business in the country, according to a study by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    St. Louis is ranked 9th in the study and has the lowest electricity cost and effective corporate income tax rate.
    US Spy Agency Selects St. Louis Location Over Illinois
    (The New York Times, 3/31/16)
    A U.S. spy agency seeking a new $1.6 billion home for its western regional headquarters expects to remain in St. Louis rather than move to the city's Illinois suburbs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NGA: north St. Louis 'preferred' site for new facility
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/31/16)
    The city of St. Louis chalked up a big win, likely beating out St. Clair County for a federal spy agency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Federal spending in Missouri equivalent of more than a fifth of economy
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/28/16)
    Federal spending in Missouri in 2014 was the equivalent of 22.8 percent of the state’s economy, tying it with Rhode Island for 18th nationally among the states. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    After 8 years, St. Louis can celebrate a jobs recovery. Sort of.
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/28/16)
    Send up the fireworks. Ring the bells. At long last, the St. Louis metro area has recovered from the Great Recession of 2007-2009. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Non-profit luring small businesses to St. Louis to boost economy
    (KTVI, 3/28/16)
    Young entrepreneurs are settling in St. Louis at a rapid rate, starting or expanding their respective businesses. They’re attracted to the Gateway City because of its growing reputation for being the gateway to resources that can help small companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    T-REX hopes to raise $8 million for expansion efforts
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/30/16)
    The Downtown T-REX incubator, home to more than 100 startup companies and considered one of the main hubs for innovation in St. Louis, is looking to raise $8 million over the next 18 months to help build out office space on its second, third and fourth floors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Swansea firm aims to be at center of the gig economy
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/20/16)
    On the outside, the low-rise brick building in Swansea looks like its suburban neighbors that house banks, lawyers and accountants. Step inside, though, and you’re clearly in startup land. Life-size “Simpsons” characters decorate one corridor. Beer taps and a massage room might be common in Silicon Valley, but not in a Metro East office park. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pacidose Inventor Places Third in National InnovateHER Competition
    (Riverbender, 3/25/16)
    Dr. Agnes Scoville, winner of last year’s Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Metro East Start-Up Challenge, captured third place in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s InnovateHER Business Challenge. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local company sterilizing mosquitoes to fight Zika virus
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/15/16)
    The battle against the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects and paralysis, has been taken to the source. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene acquires another property ahead of new Clayton tower
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/31/16)
    Centene Corp. is continuing its buying spree in Clayton ahead of plans for a new tower there. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing’s St. Louis Composite Center of Excellence Facility gets topped out
    (REJournal, 4/1/16)
    MC Industrial, Inc. has topped out one of its major projects of the year, the St. Louis Composite Center of Excellence–the expansion of Boeing‘s new composite facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prairie Farms wants to move headquarters to Edwardsville business park
    (Illinois Business Journal. 3/20/16)
    Prairie Farms Dairy plans to move its headquarters from Carlinville to a new $9 million building in Edwardsville, contingent on receiving enterprise zone incentives, city officials say. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Auto lighting manufacturer adding 200 jobs in Earth City
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/31/16)
    Diode Dynamics, an Earth City-based manufacturer of automotive lighting, plans to expand its physical footprint by leasing a 15,000-square-foot engineering facility that will enable the company to hire nearly 200 new employees over the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Animal products manufacturer adding 144 jobs in Bridgeton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/29/16)
    Virbac, a manufacturer and distributor of animal health products, plans to invest $37.9 million to expand its Bridgeton facility and create 144 jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The best graduate school programs in the St. Louis area
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/30/16)
    U.S. News & World Report has released its annual report of the best graduate schools in the nation, with several St. Louis-area schools and programs ranked. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE School of Pharmacy adds Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/23/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy is introducing a master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences to begin fall 2016. It will be the only school in Illinois and metro St. Louis area to offer the degree. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cortex, Lawrence Group Team Up for $232M Midtown Project
    (nextSTL, 3/4/16)
    The Lawrence Group and Cortex are teaming up to greatly increase development plans for the long vacant Federal Mogul site in Midtown St. Louis. We reported in January that Lawrence Group had purchased the site previously planned as a strip retail development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Charles seeks $56 million upgrade of Highway 94 southwest of Interstate 70
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/30/16)
    A $56 million upgrade of Highway 94 between Interstate 70 and the Page Avenue extension (Highway 364) is the next major future road project envisioned by St. Charles city officials. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Powers to move to city and build office
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/30/16)
    Down with the old and up with the new. A demolition permit filed Thursday means the end for the two-story office building where Oakland and Clayton avenues meet at the southwest corner of Forest Park. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Tweet Elite: 25 mayors who have mastered Twitter
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/29/16)
    Mayor Francis Slay is among the "Tweet Elite," ranking at No. 7 among the "25 Mayors who have Mastered Twitter" in a list by marketing firm Development Counsellors International. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    STL remains in Trip Advisor's list of best U.S. stops
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/25/16)
    St. Louis still is running strong in Trip Advisor's "Top 25 U.S. Destinations." >> CLICK FOR MORE