• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 30, 2015
    PNC offers upbeat housing, job growth forecast for St. Louis area
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/23/15)
    Economists at PNC Bank have a mainly upbeat forecast for the St. Louis region, seeing more jobs and an improving home market on the horizon. “The good news is that you picked up the pace in job creation over the past 18 months,” Chief Economist Stuart Hoffman told the bank’s customers at a meeting Friday at the Westwood Country Club. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Opens Cyber Center of Excellence
    (Government Technology/Belleville News-Democrat, 10/28/15)
    Metro-east leaders took a big step toward addressing the soaring need for cyber-security workers around the St. Louis region by announcing Tuesday morning the launch of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    Members of the armed forces training in cyber defense capabilities.    WIKICOMMONS
    Leadership Council, others team to form Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/28/15)
    The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois joined with several partners on Tuesday to announce the launch of the Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence, a non-profit organization that will address what is being called unprecedented needs in the cybersecurity labor market being projected by local military, financial, health care, government and law enforcement agencies. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    PHOTO: Celebrating the launch, from left: Mike Riley, president of the Leadership Council Southwestern
    Illinois; Georgia Costello, president of Southwestern Illinois College; Nick Barnes, vice president and director
     of enterprise technology solutions and Jason Carter, president, Aegis Strategies, LLC,; Terry Beach, St. Clair
    County economic development director; Col. Terrence Adams, commander, 375th Communications Group;
    Ellen Krohne, executive director of the Leadership Council; and Thomas Johnson, associate vice president
    and chief of strategic initiatives, Webster University.

    Ronda Sauget named to head Leadership Council
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    The executive committee of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois today announced that Ronda Sauget has been hired to serve as the next executive director of the organization, effective Dec. 1. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Region's planning arm gets new leader
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/28/15)
    The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the region's planning arm that makes decisions about funding major transportation projects and other regional priorities, has a new leader. The East-West board on Wednesday unanimously voted to name Jim Wild as its executive director. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tamara Sheffield is 2015 Non-Profit Executive of the Year
    (The St. Louis American, 10/29/15)
    Working within one of the city’s most “beautiful jewels,” Tamara Sheffield said she feels fortunate that she has been able to live out one of her personal mottos. “I want to leave a footprint wherever I go,” said Sheffield, senior vice president of finance and operations at Forest Park Forever, “particularly one that makes the path better, easier to navigate or encourages possibilities for others.”>> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis releases video of proposed NFL stadium renderings
    (Sporting News, 10/29/15)
    Just days after San Diego released a video that showcases its latest stadium renderings, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force released its own video, showcasing the proposed St. Louis stadium renderings.. >> CLICK FOR MORE



    St. Louis biotech startups have 'watershed' year
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/29/15)
    In May of last year, BioGenerator officials crunched the numbers and realized about a dozen companies in their portfolio would need to raise $60 to $90 million in order to keep growing. BioGenerator, which formed in 2003, is a sort of incubator for biotech companies in St. Louis, providing early stage funding and support for 65 companies to date. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LaunchCode to Open Mentor Center on Delmar
    (KMOX, 10/29/15)
    Just a few weeks shy of its second birthday, St. Louis’ LaunchCode is getting its own home. For its first 23 months, the non-profit has been offering its free coding classes at various locations around the area, but the 10,000 square-foot mentor center at 4811 Delmar will change that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startups born out of Washington University class have raised more than $33 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/27/15)
    About 100 startups launched out of a Washington University class called The Hatchery have raised $33.8 million since 2008, according to the university's research. That figure is about double what the university reported at this time two years ago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioGenerator, Cultivation Capital among top investors in Midwest
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/28/15)
    Since 2010, more than 200 venture capital entities have invested over $4 billion in Midwest-based companies, according venture capital tracker PitchBook. Meanwhile, the number of deals completed by investors has steadily risen each year, peaking in 2014 with 107 deals done, up 34 percent from the year prior, the PitchBook data shows. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fluent Takes Home 1st Place - Peoples Choice at Money 20/20
    (St. Louis Regional Chamber, 10/27/15)
    Fluent CEO and Founder, Lamar Wilson, presented to a panel of five judges with more than 500 plus in attendance at last night's Money 20/20's StartupPitch180 competition. Fifteen of the nation's top Fin-tech startups competed for a share of the $50k prize. When the votes were tallied, the audience voted Fluent as #1, winning them People's Choice Award and $25k in prize money. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $4 million 'green' education center planned for Shaw neighborhood
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/29/15)
    Saint Louis University is teaming up with four St. Louis elementary schools on plans for a $4 million science education and outreach facility to be built in the Shaw neighborhood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rockefeller Foundation recognizes St. Louis in ‘100 Resilient Cities’ initiative
    (KTRS, 10/27/15)
    The Rockefeller Foundation wants to help St. Louis become more resilient. St. Louis was selected from more than 700 applicants to be one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.” The initiative’s Vice President of Relationships Bryna Lipper said the foundation will provide financial support for the city to hire a chief resilience officer (CRO). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Southwest Airlines adding flights from St. Louis
    (KTVI, 10/27/15)
    Southwest Airlines is about to have an even larger presence at Lambert Airport. The airline announced several new flights and destinations from St. Louis on Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First Bank receives $265,496 Bank Enterprise Award
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    First Bank has received a U.S. Department of Treasury award that will be used to help economically distressed communities. First Bank has received $265,496 Bank Enterprise Award from the U.S. Department of Treasury‘s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis and Clark Truck Driver Training program receives industry award
    (Illinois Business Journal, 10/15)
    Lewis and Clark Community College’s Truck Driver Training program recently received the Illinois Trucking Association’s 2015 Industry Dedication Award. “It’s an honor for Lewis and Clark to be recognized by a prestigious organization such as the Illinois Trucking Association,” LCCC President Dale Chapman said. “Lewis and Clark views its role in truck driver training as graduating extremely well trained technical drivers who are safety oriented. Our entire faculty and staff do a great job in this respect, and it’s wonderful to be recognized for doing so.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch poised for 50th birthday
    (Associated Press, 10/27/15)
    A half century ago, workers gingerly hoisted into place the final of 142 stainless steel sections of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch — the shimmering tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West. The world's tallest arch and St. Louis' famously defining feature, along the Mississippi River's western bank, officially celebrates its 50th birthday on Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local companies help kids in Ferguson
    (KSDK, 10/27/15)
    Several local companies are taking a big step to help children impacted by the unrest in Ferguson. Emerson, the Centene Charitable Foundation and the Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust plan to celebrate the $300,000 funding of the "Ferguson Effec+" program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 23, 2015
    KPMG Expands Downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Operations Center
    (Area Development, 10/21/15)
    KPMG, a national audit, tax advisory firm, will expand its office in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The company plans to create 175 new information technology jobs in the next three years. “Our firm recognized the strengths that St. Louis offers in terms of a strong talent pool, and city and state officials welcomed us with open arms. From all aspects, St. Louis made the most sense for our firm,” said Karen Vangyia, KPMG’s St. Louis managing partner. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    Front row from left: KPMG St. Louis Managing Partner Karen Vangyia; Downtown STL,
    Inc. President & CEO Missy Kelley; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; KPMG Chief Information
    Officer Harry Moseley. Back row from left: St. Louis Regional Chamber President & CEO
    Joe Reagan; St. Louis Development Corp. Executive Director Otis Williams; Regional
    Business Council Executive Director Kathy Osborn; Missouri Department of Economic
    Development Director Mike Downing; St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment
    Executive Director Michael Holmes; and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership
    President Rodney Crim. These organizations / individuals formed the economic development
    team on the KPMG deal. (St. Louis Regional Chamber photo)



    KPMG taps St. Louis as tech hub, adding 175 jobs downtown
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/20/15)
    After a nationwide search, KPMG picked downtown St. Louis to become one of the accounting firm’s largest U.S. tech hubs, with plans to add 175 jobs over the next three years. KPMG executives said the firm will begin hiring next month to grow its information technology staff at 10 South Broadway, set to become one of the company’s largest IT hubs along with offices in Texas and California. Its U.S. and global tech operations are based in Montvale, N.J.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG to add 175 tech jobs in downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/20/15)
    KPMG said Tuesday it would add 175 new information technology jobs to its downtown St. Louis office, at 10 S. Broadway. The new hires, made over the next three years, will give KPMG’s St. Louis office one of the largest IT headcounts in the organization; its global IT team is based in New Jersey.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG announces 175 jobs coming to ST. LOUIS
    (KSDK-TV, 10/20/15)
    City officials have announced 175 new tech jobs are coming to St. Louis. The jobs will be with KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory company located downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KPMG to add 175 new IT jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/20/15)
    International accounting firm KPMG looked at cities all over the United States and landed on St. Louis for its information tech expansion. The company already has an office in downtown St. Louis with 270 employees. Over the next three years, it plans to add 175 IT positions, the company announced at a press conference today. >> CLICK FOR MORE


    KPMG's office in downtown St. Louis has 270 employees and will soon add 175 new IT positions.
    (MARIA ALTMAN, ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO)

    Startup growth flat across U.S. — but not in Missouri
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/21/15)
    New analysis from the Kauffman Foundation shows that startup growth in the United States has stalled. But that’s not the case for the Show-Me State. According to the analysis, which used recently released Census data, only 11 states reported growth in new businesses between 2013 and 2012, and Missouri came in on top of that list with a 16.7 percent growth rate. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    10 startups that will pitch at Startup Connection
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/22/15)
    Officials with Startup Connection, the annual St. Louis event that highlights the progress made in the innovation community, have announced which startup companies will present this year at the event’s Venture Showcase. Among the presenting startups are well-known local companies such as Better Weekdays, the job placement platform that recently raised $1.3 million from investors; Cast, a social engagement tool used by the National Hockey League and many of its teams; CTY, which uses analytics to measure pedestrian and vehicle traffic in downtown St. Louis; and Selequity, the real estate investment platform co-founded by Mark Burkhart, former CEO of Cassidy Turley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TechCrunch to host startup ‘pitch-off’ in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/19/15)
    TechCrunch, an industry leader in technology and startup news, will host a pitch-off competition in St. Louis in November. >> CLICK FOR MORE     


    Attendees browse various startup companies in Startup Alley during the TechCrunch Disrupt
    San Francisco 2015 conference in San Francisco in September.
    DAVID PAUL MORRIS/BLOOMBERG

    Cortex extends partnership with Washington University, SLU
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/21/15)
    Two St. Louis area universities are stepping up to help startup companies in the Cortex innovation district. Cortex has extended a partnership with Saint Louis University and Washington University so that startup companies in the CIC@CET facility (formerly the Center for Emerging Technologies) can use those universities’ facilities for R&D purposes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Domain Tech Report on Nine Network/PBS: Arch Grants, Chris Weathers, Lockerdome
    (Techli, 10/21/15)
    The Domain Tech Report airs every Wednesday night on The Nine Network/PBS in St. Louis, Missouri. The show covers startups and innovation in the greater St. Louis Metro region. In this episode, I interview Ginger Imster of Arch Grants, stop in at the Lockerdome offices and talk to media journalists Michael Calhoun, Kelly Hamilton and Brian Feldt. Also, Chris Weathers of Rapportbook tells why he became an Entrepreneur. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioSTL gets grant to help small businesses
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/16/15)
    It was one of just three Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative grants the SBA is giving out nationally and is meant to spur small business growth. It was one of just three Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative grants the SBA is giving out nationally and is meant to spur small business growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise Financial's 3Q profit rose 18 percent
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/22/15)
    Strong loan growth and a decline in noninterest expenses led to an 18 percent third quarter profit increase at Enterprise Financial. The Clayton-based parent of Enterprise Bank & Trust had a $9.7 million profit, or 48 cents, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, up from $8.2 million, or 41 cents, a year earlier. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing Opens St. Louis, Missouri, Research and Technology Center
    (Area Development, 10/20/15)
    Boeing opened its new research and technology center in St. Louis, Missouri. The facility will serve as the company's regional hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners in systems technology.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fifty Years Later, Famed St. Louis Arch Gets Facelift
    (The Wall Street Journal, 10/18/15)
    Fifty years ago this month, engineers faced a challenge as they tried to put the crucial keystone section into the soaring Gateway Arch in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto pledges support for White House push on climate change
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/15)
    St. Louis-based Monsanto is joining 80 other U.S. companies in pledging to back a White House campaign to build support for climate talks this December in Paris, France, where the Obama administration says it hopes to see a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis named top 10 destination for winter holiday travel
    (KMOV, 10/22/15)
    St. Louis is one of the best winter vacation spots for cold-weather lovers in 2015, according to a newly released report. Personal finance website WalletHub examined 69 of the largest cities in the country to find the best warm and cold-weather destinations for winter holiday travel.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Moving ‘Ferguson Forward’: Emerson to receive 2015 Corporate Diversity award
    (St. Louis American, 10/22/15)
    A year ago following the unrest, Emerson embarked on a program called “Ferguson Forward” to provide support for community enrichment and development in Ferguson and north St. Louis County. Today, Emerson’s commitment has grown to $8.5 million and 30 programs among four pillars of focus: early childhood education, youth jobs, scholarships for college, technical and trade careers, and business support and training.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Youth Initiative Space gets make-over thanks to HOK
    (FOX 2, 10/17/15)
    An organization that gives youth a voice in shaping the future of Ferguson is getting a new space. It comes thanks to a business that has shaped the skyline, in St. Louis, and around the world. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Two Young Entrepreneurs from Ferguson Shine at NFTE's National Challenge
    (Huffington Post, 10/20/15)
    With fiery images of rioting and protests in Ferguson, Missouri, flooding the news this year, it can be easy to forget that our urban youth want not only an end to racism and unwarranted police harassment and violence, but also something young people crave everywhere: the opportunity to succeed and show their stuff! >> CLICK FOR MORE