St. Louis Press Pass

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | 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