• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 03, 2016
    Hey St. Louis: You're getting jobs, buying cars and houses — and things are looking up
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/28/16)
    People in St. Louis are getting jobs, buying more cars and houses and borrowing to do it, says the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its latest, fairly upbeat read on the region's economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clayton Board of Aldermen approve massive Centene expansion
    (KTVI, 9/28/16)
    The Clayton Board of Aldermen has approved a development plan for Centene's big expansion in the St. Louis County town. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Shareholders Approve SABMiller Takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev
    (The New York Times, 9/28/16)
    Shareholders of SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev on Wednesday approved a deal valued at more than $100 billion to create a giant in the beer industry that would control some of the world’s best-known brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Hoegaarden, Leffe and Stella Artois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing jet deal means big boost for St. Louis jobs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/28/16)
    The administration of President Barack Obama has approved $7 billion in long-stalled sales of Boeing Co. fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, a decision that could preserve thousands of jobs in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pfizer Has Abandoned Its Plan to Split Into Two Companies
    (Fortune, 9/26/16)
    U.S. drugmaker Pfizer said on Monday it had decided not to separate into two publicly traded companies by separating its low-growth generics from its patent-protected branded medicines. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Top Cities for global trade
    (Global Trade, 9/27/16)
    It figures that the Gateway City would rise as one of the nation’s leading centers to start a business by bringing together myriad resources and conditions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis job seekers find work after completing coding boot camp
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/30/16)
    As a former field archaeologist and financial counselor, Toshia Verheggen didn’t have any experience in computer programming when she took her first coding class in early 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SixThirty goes global with newest investment portfolio
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/27/16)
    SixThirty, the local business accelerator that now operates two programs — one for financial services companies and another for early-stage cybersecurity ventures — has added nine new startups to its portfolio, representing $1 million in total investment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University gets $10 million for immune system research
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/26/16)
    Andrew and Jane Bursky donated $10 million to Washington University for its research on using the immune system to fight diseases including cancer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    At Health 2.0, entrepreneurs share tips, frustrations with hospital tech assessment
    (MedCity News, 9/28/16)
    Previously called the IDEA Labs Incubator, Sling Health, based in St. Louis, Missouri, forms cross functional teams  of medical students, as well as engineering science, business, and law students to incubate biotech companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis groups court next wave of Israeli companies
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/26/16)
    On a Sunday morning in Tel Aviv the streets are bustling. It’s the first day of the work week for Israelis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Off to strong start: Amazon welcomes more than 1,000 employees to new fulfillment centers
    (Riverbender.com, 9/27/16)
    Amazon’s two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville are up and rolling and the company has welcomed more than 1,000 employees. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Leaders look to improve freight connections between St. Louis and New Orleans
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/30/16)
    Better linking the St. Louis region to the Port of New Orleans means changing habits, said Gary LaGrange, president and chief executive of the New Orleans port. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    AMERICA'S BEST BIG CITIES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
    (Thrillist, 9/23/16)
    St. Louis, you are overlooked no more. Those accolades hold especially true if you're a college student. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NSF announces new Science and Technology Center
    (The Source, 9/26/16)
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added a newly formed collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania to its list of Science and Technology Centers (STC). The center and its collaborative efforts will be supported by a $23.6 million grant from the NSF. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    In first chancellor's address, Pembrook seeks to build on SIUE’s momentum
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/2016)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook on Thursday focused on both recent and historical successes as building blocks toward continuing positive momentum for the institution while presenting his first chancellor’s address to the campus community. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    From unaccredited to excellence: Riverview Gardens High School
    (The St. Louis American, 9/22/16)
    Darius Kirk, principal of Riverview Gardens High School, said he will never forget the cab ride on the way over to his district interview when he flew in from Oklahoma in 2013. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mayor Slay encourages community involvement in planning for area around spy agency
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/26/16)
    Mayor Francis Slay made his case to roughly 200 people Monday night that they should be active participants in the revitalization efforts the city is planning north of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Unused 'earmarks' being re-directed into St. Louis area roads projects
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/29/16)
    A change pushed in Congress by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has redirected unused appropriations from old “earmarks” into about $20 million for transportation projects in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Future transportation center takes shape, steel beams go up
    (The Alton Telegraph, 9/19/16)
    Most of the work at the future Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center so far has involved utilities and ground work, but now steel beams are rising from new concrete pads at the site. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Deaconess breaks ground on $8.5M Center for Child Well-Being
    (The St. Louis American, 9/23/16)
    When communities make something a priority, they must create space for it, said leaders of the Deaconess Foundation at the groundbreaking ceremony of its new center on September 20. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New business boot camp meant to help inner city businesses
    (KMOV, 9/29/16)
    A new program to help inner city entrepreneurs came to St. Louis Thursday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Co-working space for women signs lease in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/27/16)
    RISE Collaborative, the co-working office space devoted to women entrepreneurs, has signed a lease to occupy 6,500 square feet at Ladue Place, an office building in downtown Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better St. Louis: A different perspective on Ferguson
    (KMOV, 9/27/16)
    Many Ferguson residents say there is another perspective on the city other than the protesting that got lots of national attention in 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson protest art finds a final resting place
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/27/16)
    The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., to the public this past weekend. Unlike many of those in the crowd at the opening ceremony, St. Louis artists De Nichols, Marcis Curtis and Mallory Nezam made artwork that is in the museum’s collection. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Art on the Square economic impact estimated at $30.3 million
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/22/16)
    Art on the Square in Belleville has generated an estimated $30.3 million economic impact in the region during its first 15 years, organizers announced Thursday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Grove Fest Returns to an Evolving Neighborhood
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/29/16)
    To some, Grove Fest’s 11th appearance on Manchester Avenue is old news—a given even. But every year, more and more people are introduced to the neighborhood through one of the city’s best street parties. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 23, 2016
    St. Louis Gaming Startup Pixel Press Scores With Mattel Partnership
    (Huffington Post, 9/21/16)
    After recently being cited by FiveThirtyEight as being America’s “New Startup Frontier,” St. Louis’ entrepreneurial ecosystem got yet another shot in the arm when gaming technology startup Pixel Press — with a high profile deals already on the books with Cartoon Network, Toys-R-Us and GameStop among others — this week announced a new partnership with Mattel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Following Ikea’s opening, state sales tax revenue climbs 40% in 63110
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
    Ikea is noted for its ready-to-assemble furniture and inexpensive home gadgets, but in its Midtown neighborhood it’s becoming known as a big driver of revenue since opening Sept. 30, 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IBEW St. Louis Convention Gives Back to the Gateway City
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/22/16)
    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Convention in St. Louis continues this week, providing a significant economic boost to the Gateway City. It is the third largest convention being held in St. Louis this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stifel: A powerhouse in public finance
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/23/16)
    The first week in August was the biggest ever for the public finance group at Stifel Financial Corp., which underwrote transactions totaling more than $1.2 billion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Want a low-interest loan? St. Louis is the right place
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/22/16)
    In many ways, St. Louis banks are doing the best they have done since before the recession. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TheBANK of Edwardsville honored with national award
    (Riverbender.com, 9/22/16)
    TheBANK of Edwardsville has been nationally recognized by the American Bankers Association Foundation for its Fairmont City Center with a 2016 Community Commitment Award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators Announces Fall 2016 Accelerator Class
    (EQ, 9/19/16)
    St. Louis-based Capital Innovators announced at an event at CIC that the accelerator program has invested in six high-growth companies for its Fall 2016 cohort. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stadia Ventures Announces Fall 2016 Cohort In Sports Business Accelerator
    (EQ, 9/21/16)
    After receiving over 200 applications from around the world, Stadia Ventures announces its Fall 2016 cohort for the Stadia Sports Business Accelerator today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark leads $6.5 million investment in health care startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/21/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Tom Hillman last year, has led a $6.5 million Series B financing round for Wisconsin-based health care startup called Catalyze. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Economic Development Partnership expands startup incubator with $2 million grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/20/16)
    The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand its Wellston startup incubator. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University launches seed fund to invest in startups
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/19/16)
    Washington University has launched a $2 million seed fund named after its founder William Greenleaf Eliot. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis gives Ireland a look for ag tech innovation
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
    In a glass-encased room under a white tent, ag tech startups took to a stage in a pitch competition on Tuesday. It was just a small part of the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland, what is now the largest ag trade show in Europe. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hacking Homelessness: St. Louis' Largest Hackathon Is About More Than Money
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/16/16)
    The tech world has knitted code into all manner of fixes for life’s little annoyances, such as avoiding wait times at restaurants or finding traffic shortcuts. But this month, more than a thousand programmers, designers, and entrepreneurs will begin hacking away in St. Louis at something much bigger: homelessness. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ascension sees fiscal 2016 profit fall on higher revenue
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/16/16)
    A major acquisition and the addition of new hospitals helped St. Louis-based Ascension increase revenue 6.6 percent in fiscal 2016 though profit tumbled. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ag Showcase breeds collaboration, $225,000 grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/15/16)
    When the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center first started its Ag Innovation Showcase event seven years ago, the plan was to build and reinforce St. Louis’ status as the global center of plant innovation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lab space crunch: Urgency builds for biotech startup labs in wake of Monsanto deal
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/18/16)
    Seven years ago, Pfizer began cutting hundreds of research jobs from its former campus in Chesterfield as it moved much of its new drug development to the Boston area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis researchers hope genetically modified crops can prevent hunger in East Africa
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/22/16)
    As botanist Nigel Taylor moves through a greenhouse kept to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity, he checks the stems of young, potted cassava plants. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The business of education
    (The Alton Telegraph, 9/17/16)
    As far as education and earnings levels go, St. Louis isn’t too shabby. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE alumns' pioneering technology transforms inclusive learning
    (Riverbender.com, 9/16/16)
    With the influx of digital technology in classrooms, the educational benefits abound for many students. But the accessibility of those gadgets is lacking for approximately six million U.S. students with special needs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Federal grant will help low-income students take AP tests
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
    Students from low-income students in Missouri and Illinois will be getting money from Washington to help pay for taking Advanced Placement tests. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry project to include high-rise offices and apartments
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/23/16)
    The planned $340 million redo of the Federal-Mogul foundry in midtown St. Louis as a trendy food hall and high-rise apartments and offices includes taxpayer help. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Building smarter, safer infrastructure
    (The Source, 9/21/16)
    A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to cloud computing for a smarter, self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Do we ‘have an absolute disdain for density?’ Comparing St. Louis to industrial cities in Europe
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/20/16)
    As St. Louis looks to the future, it is worth a peek into the not-too-distant past to understand how other cities have overcome declining population and aging infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Shows Biggest Gain in Foreign-Born Population of 20 Largest Metros
    (Riverfront Times, 9/20/16)
    They're coming to America — and then they're coming to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson bakery helps create opportunities for area youth
    (KMOV, 9/20/16)
    Natalie Dubose opened Natalie's Cakes and More in June of 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri just two months before Michael Brown's death and the unrest that followed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri Theater Embraces Ferguson Echoes In 'Antigone' Production
    (NPR, 9/17/16)
    Some TV stars will perform Sophocles' Antigone on stage in Ferguson, Mo., tonight. The ancient Greek drama is expected to resonate with its theme of an individual's struggle against the state. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Zoo Conservation Program Receives National Award For Protecting Ozark Hellbender
    (The Missourian, 9/21/16)
    The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Saint Louis Zoo received Significant Achievement in AZA’s 2016 North American Conservation Award for its Ozark Hellbender Augmentation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Murmuration is a different type of festival
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 9/21/16)
    The Murmuration festival debuts this weekend in the Cortex district of mid-town St. Louis. Its focus is art, music, science and technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE