• St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 16, 2016
    St. Louis Is The New Startup Frontier
    (FiveThirtyEight, 9/12/16)
    In 2013, when I was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, I flew to St. Louis to learn about the city’s budding startup scene. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bayer-Monsanto Deal Would Forge New Agricultural Force
    (The Wall Street Journal, 9/14/16)
    Monsanto Co. agreed to sell itself to Bayer AG, in a $57 billion deal that would forge a new agricultural force and end the independence of one of the most successful and controversial U.S. companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bayer is buying Monsanto in $66 billion deal
    (KMOV, 9/14/16)
    Now it's official: Monsanto is going to be swallowed up by a rival in the biggest takeover announced so far this year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Reacts to Monsanto-Bayer AG Merger
    (CBS St. Louis, 9/15/16)
    From civic officials to the startup community, St. Louis is wrapping its arms around Bayer’s $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto. Many wonder how the blockbuster buy-out will impact home-grown Monsanto’s influence in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    See more coverage of this story below:

    Big deal: Bayer's $66 billion for Monsanto creates seed and crop chemical giant (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/16)

    For St. Louis startups, Bayer’s deal to acquire Monsanto is a good thing  (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/16)

    If Monsanto HQ leaves, biotech firms still see strong future for St. Louis (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/16/16)

    Spire acquires EnergySouth for $344m
    (Hydrocarbons Technology, 9/14/16)
    Spire has completed its previously announced acquisition of EnergySouth, the parent company of Mobile Gas and Willmut Gas, from Sempra US Gas & Power for $344m. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UPS to hire more than 900 in St. Louis area to help with holiday shipping
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/14/16)
    United Parcel Service Inc. will hire more than 900 people in the St. Louis area, roughly the same number it hired last year, to help with holiday shipping, the company said Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Securities being acquired by fast-growing regional brokerage Stifel
    (Indiana Business Journal, 9/13/16)
    City Securities Corp., Indiana’s oldest investment firm, has agreed to be acquired by St. Louis-based Stifel Financial Corp. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Amdocs acquires three companies for $260 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/14/16)
    Amdocs has acquired three privately held technology companies for a total of about $260 million in cash. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The First Startup Roadshow Back From New York
    (EQ, 9/13/16)
    Connect is one of those buzzwords frequently used in the startup world, as can be heard in any given pitch, but it’s also a key concept in getting those startups financed. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Choose Your City: Why These 7 Startups are Building Their Companies in St. Louis
    (EQ, 9/12/16)
    For these seven startups, the Gateway City wasn’t just a pit stop on the way to a coastal destination: It was a place to plant roots and grow. Some are international, and some drove down via Interstate 55, but all are important additions to our ecosystem. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SBDC clients win top awards at East St. Louis Initiative’s First Pitch Contest
    (Riverbender.com, 9/9/16)
    Two Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center clients were among three winners in the first regional business plan pitch competition hosted by the East St. Louis Initiative. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark raises $20 million for ag investments
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/12/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, a Clayton-based venture capital fund that raised $104 million in February, has added $20 million that's targeted for agricultural investments. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis to Deliver Healthcare at the Train Station
    (Next City, 9/14/16)
    North St. Louis County commuters will soon be able to get a checkup before boarding the train. A $940,000 grant from U.S. DOT will fund health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests at a MetroLink station. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is told to prepare for freight growth
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/12/16)
    The value of freight shipped through the St. Louis region is expected to increase 74 percent to $483 billion in 2045, according to the Federal Highway Administration. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Port District receives Illinois Intrastate Shuttle Project Designation
    (Riverbender.com, 9/15/16)
    The Administrator of U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, Paul "Chip" Jaenichen, and Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau visited the recently opened Madison Harbor at America's Central Port Monday, September 12th. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    With levee work ending, local leaders say region is prepared for business
    (Illinois Business Journal, 9/2016)
    With work to rehabilitate the American Bottom levee system nearing completion, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois is getting ready to post the “Open for business” sign. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MiTek Industries Expands Chesterfield, Missouri, Production Campus
    (Area Development News, 9/12/16)
    A company that supplies software, products and services to the building components industry, MiTek Industries, invested $16 million to expanded its operations center in Chesterfield, Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    See where local universities rank nationwide
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/13/16)
    Washington University again appeared in the top 20 schools nationwide in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges Rankings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Starbucks says Ferguson store is one of its top new locations
    (CNN Money, 9/9/16)
    Two years ago Ferguson, Missouri, became a symbol of racial unrest when riots followed the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Now a new Starbucks there is a symbol of rebirth and business success. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Slay, other mayors unveil development plans for Mississippi River
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/15/16)
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and mayors from more than 20 cities along the Mississippi River announced a new partnership and plans aimed at improving the river’s economic viability at an annual mayors gathering. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Old North neighborhood, LRA and McKee make deal on land
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/13/16)
    Developer Paul McKee owns quite a bit of land within the Old North neighborhood on St. Louis’ north side. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forward Through Ferguson adds seven new board members
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/14/16)
    Seven St. Louis area residents have joined the board of Forward Through Ferguson, a successor organization to the Ferguson Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Black chess masters join Webster program
    (The St. Louis American, 9/14/16)
    Two of the top-ranked African-American chess masters in the United States have selected Webster University and will join the winning SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Construction Industry Donates Immigrant School Soccer Field
    (Construction Forum STL, 9/15/16)
    Many of the nearly 400 immigrant and refugee children, from K-10th grade, who attend St. Louis Public Schools’ Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) are getting their first taste of education – and of American life. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ted Drewes named #1 ice cream store in the world; St. Louis top destination
    (KTVI, 9/14/16)
    Ted Drewes is the top-rated ice cream in the world. Worldwide marketing and brand building company SoolNua announced St. Louis’ iconic custard shop had taken the top spot in the #WorldIceCreamIndex. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Black Rep Celebrates Four Decades of Theater with Purpose 
    (Riverfront Times, 9/7/16)
    St. Louis was a very different city in 1976. The Jefferson Bank protest of 1963 had opened up white-collar jobs for African Americans, but the actors on local stages remained overwhelmingly white — as did the audiences. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What Do Shakespeare and Maplewood Have in Common? Ghost Stories
    (St. Louis Magazine, 9/14/16)
    The program is Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ annual immersive love song to a neighborhood. Each year, members of the creative team spend time in the host neighborhood, interviewing residents and creating a new work that integrates their tales with a given work by the Bard. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Sep 09, 2016
    St. Louis Rethinks Tourism Marketing in Response to Ferguson Violence
    (Skift, 9/9/16)
    Two years after the August 2014 unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, the St. Louis tourism bureau and a broad coalition of business and civic leaders launched a new collaborative marketing campaign designed to show a city working together in unison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Chamber looks to build St. Louis into a startup hub
    (KTVI, 8/31/16)
    St. Louis is known for its start up businesses.  On Wednesday, fifteen companies are at the Four Season's downtown hoping their business model is successful. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Solid Gold Pet Opens New Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis
    (Pet Product News, 9/2/16)
    Solid Gold Pet is bringing new jobs to St. Louis as the company opens its new corporate headquarters in Chesterfield, Mo., and increases its operations team. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square to take more office space in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/29/16)
    Square, the multibillion-dollar payments company founded by native St.Louisans Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, is close to expanding its footprint in St. Louis by taking additional office space in the Cortex innovation district. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE announces innovative partnership with T-REX Innovation
    (Riverbender.com, 9/1/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Denise Cobb, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, today announced a new partnership for with the T-REX Innovation Center located in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tom Hillman launches $45 million life sciences fund
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/16)
    Venture capitalist Tom Hillman has closed on the first tranche of a planned $45 million investment fund that will invest in startups in the life sciences sector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Veniti locks down $25M from Boston Scientific for venous stent system
    (FierceBiotech, 9/8/16)
    Veniti locked down $25 million in Series D financing from Boston Scientific ($BSX) to finish a clinical trial for its venous stent system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Minority tech start-up wants to innovate new ways of diversifying tech start-up sector
    (The St. Louis American, 9/7/16)
    Seqwana Pryor is a chemical engineer with 18 years of corporate experience at DuPont Company, so she understands how much time it can take to develop a product. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Joe Biden to visit LaunchCode in St. Louis
    (KSDK, 9/8/16)
    He will visit Launch Code. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Express Scripts diabetes program aims to cap costs for customers
    (Reuters, 8/31/16)
    Express Scripts Holding, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, said on Wednesday it will implement a program next year that guarantees per-patient spending caps on diabetes drug costs in an effort to limit soaring increases for its customers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ojeda invests $1.7 million in Metro East medical lab
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/16)
    Metro East entrepreneur Vince Ojeda is building a second company focused on the medical lab test market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mallinckrodt completes purchase of regenerative medicine company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/1/16)
    Mallinckrodt PLC said Wednesday it completed its previously announced buyout of Stratatech Corp., a privately held company focused on developing regenerative skin tissue and technology to treat severe burns. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Uptick in women-led companies at Ag Innovation Showcase
    (Wisconsin State Farmer, 8/30/16)
    At the 8th annual Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis, MO, (September 14-16), six women-led businesses will pitch on the main stage– up from last year’s total of four women-led companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Amazon welcomes new employees in Edwardsville
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/6/16)
    Amazon recently welcomed new employees for their first day at work at the online retailer's two fulfillment centers — aka warehouses — in Edwardsville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Emerson acquires two cargo monitoring companies
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/30/16)
    Emerson has acquired two companies that provide systems to monitor the safe transport of fresh food and other temperature-sensitive goods. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cotton Babies cloth diaper company to move manufacturing operations to Fenton
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/30/16)
    Jennifer Labit remembers long nights sitting in her laundry room about a dozen years ago, folding and sewing together cloth diaper inserts made from microfiber cleaning cloths usually found in the automotive section. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Downtown St. Louis 'never done redeveloping,' Kelley says
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/30/16)
    Missy Kelley had been an advocate for downtown for years when she became CEO of Downtown STL last August. But she turned it up a notch a few months later by moving her family from the quiet confines of suburbia to a downtown apartment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    East-West Gateway to move ahead on MetroLink expansion studies
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/1/16)
    The East-West Gateway Council of Governments on Wednesday voted to move forward on $5 million in studies of possible new MetroLink routes, including one that would connect to Ferguson. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    STL’s first chief resilience officer Patrick Brown went from the mall to the mayor’s office to the Rockefeller Foundation
    (The St. Louis American, 9/6/16)
    The Rockefeller Foundation started its 100 Resilient Cities program to help cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic and physical challenges – things like riots and earthquakes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clayton planning commission unanimously recommends approval of Centene rezoning
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 9/7/16)
    Yes it’s election season, but some of the mailers and telephone surveys targeting Clayton households have nothing to do with politicians seeking office. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry Vision Gets Big Boost from Bull Moose, Now $340M
    (nextSTL, 8/25/16)
    What was once announced as a $100M remake of a long vacant foundry just to the east of the St. Louis IKEA and Cortex, is now a $340M dream. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE Trustees approve contracts for SIUE School of Engineering Design Center
    (Riverbender.com, 9/8/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees, at its regularly scheduled meeting on the Edwardsville campus today, approved contracts worth more than $3.5 million to construct a student project design center for the School of Engineering. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Immigrants Contribute to Missouri's Economy
    (KMA Land, 8/28/16)
    The Partnership for a New American Economy report shows Missouri's immigrant population contributes $7 billion in wages and salaries to the state's economy annually, and those residents pay close to $2 million in taxes each year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Principal of St. Louis school for immigrant, refugee children: ‘We can be an example of world peace'
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 9/7/16)
    Donnie Harris is the principal of Nahed Chapman New American Academy, located at 1530 S. Grand in the City of St. Louis. The school opened in 2009 as an “International Welcome School,” which provides a safe environment for immigrants and refugee students who have low formal education and struggle with limited English and, for some, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ludeman’s Concordance Academy hits milestone, seeks more funding
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/26/16)
    Concordance Academy of Leadership, led by President and CEO Danny Ludeman, has begun providing a broad range of services to its first cohort of soon-to-be-released prisoners with the goal of keeping them from returning to prison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    U.S. Bank invests $2 million in Ferguson jobs center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 9/8/16)
    U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, invested $2 million in the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ new job training site in Ferguson, the company said this week. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    016: Pat Coleman President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR)
    (Making Her Mark, 9/2016)
    Over the holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of talking to Pat Coleman, President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Group eyes site near Union Station for MLS stadium
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/25/16)
    A group of local business and sports leaders aiming to lure a Major League Soccerteam to St. Louis has narrowed its focus for a potential stadium site to the area just west of Union Station where the Interstate 64 Market Street interchange is located, according to sources familiar with the deal. >> CLICK FOR MORE