• St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 17, 2017
    Leadership Council report highlights regional economic development
    (The Alton Telegraph, 3/11/17)
    Improvements totaling nearly $1 billion have been completed, are under construction or have been announced in the past 18 months in Southwestern Illinois, according to the annual 2016 Market Review & Investment Update from the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Market Pulse: St. Louis, MO
    (HospitalityNet, 3/13/17)
    St. Louis is poised to enter a post-recovery phase of economic development and expansion that should continue to support the recent growth of the region's hotel market. Numerous proposed developments and business expansions are anticipated to pave the way for continued transient and extended-stay lodging demand growth. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scott Air Force Base’s economic impact is $4 billion and growing
    (Illinois Business Journal, 3/2017)
    The economic activity generated by Scott Air Force Base exceeds $4 billion annually, according to a study released by the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor in November 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Merchants Bridge rehab could double economic impact
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/17/17)
    A new Merchants Bridge that can handle two modern freight trains at once could create more than $456 million in economic activity over a 20-year period — nearly double the impact today, according to its owner, Terminal Railroad Association (TRRA). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis biotech startups increase funding 87 percent
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    St. Louis biotech startups raised $242 million from venture capitalists in 2016, an 87 percent increase when compared with investment totals from 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ITEN’s Mock Angel program readies entrepreneurs for investment
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    According to a recent report from tech startup support organization ITEN, more than half of entrepreneurs say access to money is their biggest challenge. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis agtech startup raises $18.3 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/15/17)
    St. Louis-based Benson Hill Biosystems, a plant science firm trying to meld analytics technology with biology, is on a funding tear. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chris Motley wins SXSWedu Launch Competition
    (The St. Louis American, 3/14/17)
    The Whether powered by Better Weekdays was announced the winner of the Launch startup competition held by SXSWedu in Austin, Texas (part of the South by Southwest Festival), on Thursday, March 9. Chris Motley is the CEO and founder of the St. Louis-based company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cops' startup uses facial recognition to improve security
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/17/17)
    At one MotoMart, you can’t enter at night unless you look into the camera. If your face is obscured by a mask, face or hood, the door stays locked. If the camera gets a good look at you, it lets you in. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC West receives approval for expansion
    (KTVI, 3/14/17)
    Barnes Jewish West County Hospital will launch construction on a new facility later this month after receiving approval from the Creve Coeur City Council. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $1.28 million given for heart, vascular center at St. Elizabeth’s
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/15/17)
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation announced on Wednesday, March 15 the receipt of a gift of $1.28 million from the W.E. Renth Trust. One million dollars of the gift is designated for the St. Elizabeth’s Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign with the balance placed in an endowment for maintenance and upkeep of the new facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Erker's to launch Delmar Loop eyeglass factory, store in April
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/12/17)
    The Erker family’s eyewear business, founded in 1879, has a long legacy in St. Louis, predating the Gateway Arch and 45 city mayors. It was established just 19 years after the Anheuser-Busch brewery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE implements reverse transfer credit program with L&C
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/14/17)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College have established a reverse transfer agreement. The Reverse Transfer Credit Program is an expansion of the institutions’ partnership to continue to help SIUE students who transfer from L&C to transfer credits back to L&C. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The story of Maplewood's turnaround
    (St. Louis Magazine, 3/16/17)
    The next hot topic among urbanists in St. Louis is the so-called inner-ring suburb, the term for a community that rose up on the city’s border in the early 20th century. Yet these peaceful refuges have arrived at a moment of reckoning: The houses are 100 years old, and the residents must decide whether to reinvent their towns or move on. Case in point: Maplewood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Can West Florissant be made into a ‘Great Street’?
    (The St. Louis American, 3/16/17)
    West Florissant Avenue became known worldwide as “Ground Zero” for the Ferguson movement, after the police-shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in August 2014. Now residents and community leaders are hoping that it will become known for a different reason in the next few year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Solarize Madison County hopes to expand success of initial Godfrey program
    (Riverbender.com, 3/13/17)
    With threats such as climate change, peak oil and ever-increasing energy costs, solar panels are becoming enticing to home and business owners trying to get ahead of the curve. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sustainability plan from 2013 exceeds goals
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/16/17)
    In 2013, the city of St. Louis launched its sustainability plan, setting  29 goals to be accomplished by 2018. At a progress report Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay and Catherine Werner, sustainability director, gave an update on how the program is going. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois implements smart technology to reduce costs, carbon footprint
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/13/17)
    Ameren Illinois began grid modernizations for its Illinois customers in 2012, which cut carbon emission by 220,000 pounds last year, according to Ryan Ellen, director of advanced metering infrastructure. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Heights: major expansion in 2018-2020
    (40 South News, 3/16/17)
    A major expansion is planned for The Heights, in Richmond Heights, including a totally new library, a reconfigured pool, new features for kids, and new, dedicated spaces for activity rooms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Trump May Not Want Immigrants, but Rust Belt Mayors Do
    (Bloomberg Markets, 3/17/17)
    In 1997, refugee Alem Boric and a partner started Europa Market, 600 square feet of Bosnia in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis metro area continues to see growing immigrant population
    (KMOV, 3/10/17)
    The St. Louis region was the fastest growing region for foreign born people in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    One-of-a-Kind Bike Racks Come with a Mission: Job Skills for Teens
    (Riverfront Times, 3/13/17)
    You may have noticed the brightly painted bike racks installed in front of a growing number of businesses in St. Louis — including Olio, the Soulard Market and the Moto Museum. But while each rack is unique, they have a common origin: They were created by young artists from under-privileged backgrounds who learned to design and build custom racks using discarded bicycle parts. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midwestern Magic: The Saint Louis Fashion Fund Celebrates New Names in Design
    (Vogue, 3/9/17)
    On Saturday night, St. Louis’s most talented names in design came together to host a cocktail party to toast the new names of design. Board president Susan Sherman joined board members including Jacob Laws and Sarah Stallman in creating a modern-day incubator to highlight innovative design. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Gateway Arch with New Stamp
    (KMOX, 3/14/17)
     The U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Gateway Arch Priority Mail Express stamp on Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Is St. Louis really ‘#1 in Civil Rights?’ The Missouri History Museum makes a compelling case
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/14/17)
    If you remember the day two St. Louis activists climbed 125 feet up a construction ladder on the unfinished north leg of the Gateway Arch, you remember a key moment of the civil rights movement in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ Neighborhoods Of Character: Cherokee Street
    (ALIVE Magazine, 3/15/17)
    Cherokee Street is an impromptu arts district that houses innumerable entrepreneurs, artists, writers, creators, small-business owners, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Its stunning architectural beauty and history is the stuff of legend. The diversity of makers will surprise you, their corner shops will charm you and their stories will amaze you. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Mar 10, 2017
    Alderman Krewson narrowly beats Treasurer Jones in St. Louis' Democratic mayoral primary
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/7/17)
    St. Louis Alderman Lyda Krewson emerged from a crowded field of candidates, many of them well-known city leaders, to win Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Microsoft moving offices from Creve Coeur to Cortex
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/8/17)
    St. Louis and state officials were on hand Wednesday to announce the anchor tenant for the newest expansion of the Cortex tech hub: Microsoft. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    See the St. Louis area employers that landed on Fortune's list of best companies
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/9/17)
    Fortune magazine released its annual ranking of the 100 best companies to work for and three local companies made the cut, one broke the top five. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     >> #5: Edward Jones
     >> #40: World Wide Technology
     >> #76: Build-a-Bear

    Cass Information Systems acquires UK-based Efftel
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/6/17)
    Cass Information Systems Inc. announced Monday it has acquired Effective Telecoms Ltd., a privately held telecom expense management firm based in the United Kingdom. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maryland Heights firm buys 2 data centers
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/7/17)
    Ascent, a local developer and operator of data centers, has acquired two data centers, in the Atlanta and Toronto markets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forced to pivot, job-matching entrepreneur now has a winning strategy
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/10/17)
    Chris Motley thought he had a great product and a solid strategy. Then his target market blew up. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Prosper Institute Rebrands To BRAZEN, Announces New Membership Program
    (EQ, 3/8/17)
    Prosper Institute, an organization that helps growth-seeking women entrepreneurs advance their businesses, announced today that it has rebranded to Brazen. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    OSF Saint Anthony's announces new community investments
    (Riverbender.com, 3/9/17)
    Leaders of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center announced a series of new investments and actions Thursday, designed to transform health care for residents of the Riverbend community. These plans underscore OSF HealthCare’s commitment to improving access and providing quality health care to patients in a setting close to home. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ag tech corridor takes shape
    (AgriNews, 3/4/17)
    Building on St. Louis’ growing status as a global hub for agricultural and biological technology companies, a group of planners is working on building a business neighborhood to attract even more start-ups. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Israeli ag tech delegation visits St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 3/6/17)
    The BIRD Foundation has fostered partnerships between Israeli technology startups and companies and U.S. corporations since it was founded in 1977. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis region’s moving story is traveling fast
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/3/17)
    For about 18 months the St. Louis region has been sprinting to catch up to fast-moving freight operations in the rest of the nation. Mary Lamie, the former highway engineer in charge of playing catch-up, said a lot of distance was covered in that short time thanks to the great story the region has to tell, but she recently realized just how big the gap was. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Acquisition means more baking jobs in Cortex
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/6/17)
    AB Mauri, a baking technology company delivering service, yeast and bakery ingredient solutions to commercial and artisan bakers, anticipates adding seven new jobs over the course of this year as it continues its Cortex-based expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    ‘New Orleans of North’
    (AgriNews, 3/4/17)
    Build-out along the Mississippi River is prompting more grain barge traffic than St. Louis has ever seen. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maryville University and PNC Bank partner for cyber security training
    (KPLR 11, 3/7/17)
    Maryville University announced today it will debut a new cyber security services and education program.  This is being made possible through a three-year grant from the PNC Foundation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Missouri's community colleges band together for shared training program
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/9/17)
    Missouri’s 12 community college systems are banding together for a new workforce development program geared toward helping state businesses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center Enters Partnership With St. Louis Community College
    (Construction Forum STL, 3/6/17)
    Missouri’s most prolific producer of highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians is strengthening career opportunities through an education partnership with St. Louis Community College (STLCC). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Makeover planned for West Florissant in Ferguson
    (KSDK, 3/9/17)
    There's a plan to revitalize an area hit hard by the Ferguson unrest in 2014. In the weeks and months following the shooting death of Mike Brown, looters targeted businesses on West Florissant. Now, St. Louis County is looking to give the street a makeover and would like your input. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Development coming to the Hill includes apartments, townhomes, condos, houses
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/6/17)
    A developer’s plan is moving forward to build apartments, town homes, condos and single-family houses to replace a vacant factory complex in the city’s Hill neighborhood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Residential community planned for 78-acre Wildwood site
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 3/8/17)
    Consort Homes and Fischer & Frichtel plan to build 192 single-family homes on 78 acres in Wildwood. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    U City Could Become ‘Welcoming City’ for Immigrants
    (KMOX, 3/3/17)
    University City is on the verge of making a big statement in support of immigrants in the wake of last month’s Jewish cemetery vandalism. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The International Institute of St. Louis’ Anna Crosslin Processes The National Political Drama Surrounding Immigration
    (ALIVE Magazine, 3/8/17)
    From the coasts to our home in the heartland, a layer of tension has settled over immigration and refugee resettlement with the recent ‘anti-Muslim’ travel ban from the current presidential administration. Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the International Institute in St. Louis and an immigrant herself, is one of the city’s foremost visionaries on the issue. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Anew Nature teaches felons skills for metalwork and carpentry
    (KTVI, 3/5/17)
    After being released from prison, it may be hard for the formerly incarcerated to find work. Anew Nature teaches them skills for carpentry and metalwork, showing them how to make furniture with their own hands. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    5 area St. Patrick's Day parades celebrate Irish heritage
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/9/17)
    When it was gearing up for the World’s Fair at the turn of the 20th century, St. Louis dropped its formal St. Patrick’s Day celebration. For almost seven decades, there was a dearth of green-themed parades in the Gateway City. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    7 things you might not know about Belleville’s iconic Skyview Drive-In
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 3/9/17)
    If you’re tired of Netflix, grab your keys. Skyview Drive-In opens March 17 for its 68th season. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE student-researchers transform historical experience with digital archive
    (Riverbender.com, 3/6/17)
    A team of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville undergraduate and graduate student-researchers are playing an integral role in preserving the 20th century history of Madison County, Ill. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    National Urban League convention coming to town for first time since 2007
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/3/17)
    In 2007, the national convention of the Urban League held here looked more like a political rally. >> CLICK FOR MORE