• St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 24, 2017
    St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Arcus Awards winners named
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/24/17)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber on Thursday evening recognized individuals and organizations for making the region a more attractive place to live, work and invest with its fourth annual Arcus Awards. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Chamber announces Arcus award winners
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/24/17)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber on Thursday recognized what it describes as the area's "most inspirational leaders and companies." Arcus Awards were presented in 11 categories. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chamber report pushes St. Louis to be an education mecca
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/22/17)
    Backed by business leaders, created by college presidents and affirmed by community members, a recently released report highlights a plan to push St. Louis to the top 10 most-educated metropolitan regions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    From Israel To Ireland: Checking In With GlobalSTL
    (EQ, 2/20/17)
    “If they are looking for business connections—which many are—they take us very seriously when they learn of St. Louis’ story, our assets and our collaborative environment.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Federal Reserve Economist Tells SLCCC STL Region’s Bet on Entrepreneurs is Solid
    (Construction Forum STL, 2/23/17)
    The surge in entrepreneurial activity in the St. Louis region that has been gaining traction for the past few years may be the most promising hope for the future of the construction industry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Biotech startup Affigen raises $17 million
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/21/17)
    Affigen, a St. Louis startup developing drugs that target specific molecules in cancerous tumors, has raised $17 million in capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis videocast startup raises $4 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/17)
    Geniecast, a St. Louis startup that serves as a market for live video broadcasts with industry experts, athletes, motivational speakers, thought leaders and other personalities, has raised $3.8 million. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Facial recognition startup preps for big year
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/20/17)
    Blue Line Security Solutions, a Fenton-based startup that has developed facial recognition software, expects to grow sales significantly this year as it expands its relationship with Swedish network video provider Axis Communications and continues to benefit from a growing number of municipalities and retailers trying to make their spaces safer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MO: Ardent IT Solutions Grows at Home in St. Charles, Adding 10 Jobs
    (Trade & Industry Development, 2/22/17)
    The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced that Ardent IT Solutions, LLC, a St. Charles-based startup founded in 2016, is already experiencing rapid growth and has plans to invest in the community, adding as many as 10 technical, sales and administrative positions over the next couple years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Networking In Cortex With Venture Café
    (West End Word, 2/21/17)
    There was a time not so long ago when St. Louis entrepreneurs and technology gurus operated in a bubble without the benefit of a place to share a drink and exchange ideas. No longer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Renderings Unveiled for $550M SSM/SLU Hospital Project
    (nextSTL, 2/22/17)
    Today SSM Health released new renderings of its new $550M hospital and ambulatory care center on 15 acres along South Grand Boulevard. The project features 800,000 square feet of space, 316 patient rooms, expanded trauma center and emergency department, larger intensive care units, more parking, green space, and areas for any future campus expansion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Anthony’s Medical Center joining Mercy
    (Missouri Business Alert, 2/21/17)
    St. Anthony’s Medical Center has entered into an agreement to affiliate with Mercy, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Concordance acquires California medical supply distributor
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/21/17)
    Concordance Healthcare Solutions, one of the region's largest private companies, is buying a West Coast medical supply firm. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University researchers make autism breakthrough for high risk infants
    (KTVI, 2/17/17)
    A new study about infants and autism is giving families new hope. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and elsewhere have made a major discovery about high risk infants who have siblings with the mental disorder. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New agreement aims to boost river freight between St. Louis and New Orleans
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/23/17)
    A new agreement between the Port of New Orleans and the St. Louis Regional Freightway aims to boost cargo shipments on the Mississippi River. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    To attract students, colleges try moving brick-and-mortar experience online
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/19/17)
    Increasingly, college life is less about walking across the quad or stopping at the dining hall before sitting in a big lecture hall, and more about flipping open a laptop at home. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A College Startup: SLU’s Student Experience In Entrepreneurship
    (EQ, 2/22/17)
    “We believe all students can think outside the box and every student can become an entrepreneur,” says SLU Entrepreneurs’ Club president, Jonathan Hwang, a junior in Analytics and Enterprise Systems in the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Giving students at Harris Stowe University a chance at careers in finance
    (KTVI, 2/23/17)
    Harris-Stowe State University, in partnership with Wells Fargo Advisors, unveiled the new Wells Fargo Finance Education Center. Students at Harris-Stowe can now learn how to trade and invest using the same software investors on Wall Street use to manage portfolios. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New life for old Macy's in downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/23/17)
    With new owners and a plan to adapt the century-old office building, the giant Railway Exchange Building in the middle of downtown may be empty for only a couple more years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nine-Story, $16M Mixed-Used Project Announced on Forsyth in Clayton
    (nextSTL, 2/21/17)
    St. Louis-based development firm KP Development announced today that it will develop a prominent site in downtown Clayton that it has owned for nearly 20 years. Planned is a nine-story, 60,000 sf, mixed-used modern building. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    "Affordable" housing a key part of new development coming to Forest Park Southeast neighborhood
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/19/17)
    Washington University’s medical campus in St. Louis will be getting a lot of new neighbors in the next couple of years, thanks to a new mixed-income development plan nearby. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    International Institute highlighting vital contributions of immigrants
    (KMOV, 2/21/17)
    The St. Louis-based International Institute has unveiled a new initiative to highlight the vital contributions immigrants are making all across the United States. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Immigrant entrepreneurs take risks, enrich local economy
    (St. Louis Review, 2/23/17)
    Luis Rivero founded Hůga Bar (think "PowerBar") and recently added Whole Foods stores as an outlet for the nutrition bar with flavors inspired by international recipes. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark named Military Friendly School for 7th consecutive year
    (Riverbender.com, 2/21/17)
    For the seventh consecutive year, Lewis and Clark Community College has been named to the Military Friendly®Schools list. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Spill the beads: Soulard Mardi Gras revelers will grab for millions of 'em
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/23/17)
    What has the highest currency rate on Mardi Gras weekend? Beads. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Dabble is a different way to explore St. Louis
    (KSDK, 2/21/17)
    Welcome to Kombucha 101. People can sign up for this popular class on a website called Dabble. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Feb 17, 2017
    St. Louis and Kansas City bounce back
    (CNN, 2/16/17)
    Anchoring either end of Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City are 250 miles apart along Interstate 70. And while they have distinct personalities and urban landscapes, the two also have an awful lot in common, both now and in the past. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Checking in on Ferguson's economy after Michael Brown
    (Marketplace, 2/14/17)
    It’s been more than two years since Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Although the national attention faded long ago, people are still curious about the town that was marked by violence and protests for days after the shooting, and helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tale of Two Cities - A Lesson on Innovation Districts from St. Louis
    (Citybizlist, 2/13/17)
    Our Urban Doppelganger. There’s a lot of buzz around innovation districts, much of it fed by the Brookings Institution’s extensive research on the movement. The Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, whose board I’m on, is hosting a symposium this spring on the relevancy of innovation districts for Baltimore. When one looks around the country, there are interesting parallels between Baltimore and St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A Core Commitment: What’s Next For The Downtown St. Louis Innovation District
    (EQ, 2/13/17)
    Downtown has changed a lot in the past few years,” says Melissa “Missy” Kelley, president and CEO of Downtown STL, Inc., the nonprofit dedicated to creating and promoting a vibrant Downtown that attracts investment and economic activity to the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The joy of making at TechShop
    (St. Louis Magazine, 2/16/17)
    Thermal glue shoots out like Spiderman’s web and hardens instantly, gunking up the trivet’s intricate laser cuts. Luckily, Carly Lowe has just finished crafting a Failure of the Week trophy, so the TechShop customer walks over, grinning, to claim it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators Announces Its Spring 2017 Accelerator Class
    (EQ, 2/16/17)
    Capital Innovators announced tonight its investment in six companies, who will make up the accelerator’s Spring 2017 cohort. The companies join 70 other companies in Capital Innovators’ portfolio. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University to collaborate with Pfizer on drug discovery
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/17)
    Washington University is collaborating with biopharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. on research to speed up the development of new drugs targeting certain diseases. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mercy hints at growth in Creve Coeur with multiple-property purchase
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/17/17)
    Mercy is expanding its footprint into nearby Town and Country with the purchase of multiple office buildings adjacent to its 70-acre Creve Coeur campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis firms record surge in freight shipments
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/16/17)
    Sunset Transportation, a third-party logistics firm based in south St. Louis County, saw a 10 percent spike in total shipments in December compared with the same period in 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LMI Aerospace agrees to buyout by Belgian company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/17)
    LMI Aerospace, a St. Charles-based supplier of components and engineering services to the commercial, business and military aerospace markets, said late Thursday it has agreed to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a Belgium-based aerostructures company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE Implements Reverse Transfer Credit Program with L&C
    (The Alton Telegraph, 2/16/17)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C) 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
    Block busters: $300 million in out-of-town investments promise to remake downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 2/17/17)
    Mention Jefferson Arms or Railway Exchange — two vacant downtown St. Louis buildings within a half mile of each other — to anyone familiar with the area and you’re likely to get an answer that includes the word “big.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mayor Walker looking to revitalize Alton
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 2/10/17)
    In a time of intense economic stress and uncertainty in the state of Illinois, overseeing and operating area municipalities has become a difficult task for its leaders. Despite the challenges within the city, Alton Mayor Brant Walker has brought a certain life back to the city he loves. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer proposes hotel for old Municipal Courts Building
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/14/17)
    A developer wants to turn the old Municipal Courts Building on Market Street into a 150-room hotel. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jubilee World Buys Historic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown St. Louis
    (nextSTL, 2/9/17)
    Jubilee World, Inc. has purchased the long-vacant Orpheum Theatre in downtown St. Louis. In 2015, Jubilee World made the sprawling former St. Mary’s Orphanage at 5341 Emerson Avenue in the city’s Walnut Park East neighborhood its world headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MSD to help demolish vacant buildings
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/12/17)
    The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District could spend up to $13.5 million demolishing abandoned buildings in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MoDOT Plans Busy Construction Season
    (KMOX, 2/17/17)
    It’s almost that time of year, when MoDOT crews hit the highways for spring and summer work. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren’s new ‘smart’ substation will serve growth on Belleville’s west end
    (Illinois Business Journal, 2/2017)
    Ameren Illinois announced today that it has begun constructing a new state-of-the-art substation and installing smart technology to support commercial and residential growth in Belleville's west end. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    City Foundry Signs Zara, Patagonia, Reformation, Need Supply, and Others
    (nextSTL, 2/15/17)
    Will City Foundry, the $340M project set to re-imagine a long-vacant manufacturing site in the center of St. Louis City cannibalize local retail? Will it bring unique-to-the-region storefronts? This was the central question asked as the project sought, and ultimately received significant subsidies from the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pedestrian, biking bridges to be built in St. Charles
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 2/13/17)
    Pedestrians and bikers will eventually be able to cross over two busy highways in St. Charles. A project is planned to construct two new pedestrian bridges over highways 364 and 94. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis-based mobile museum highlights often unsung inventors
    (The St. Louis American, 2/15/17)
    In 1996, Loretta Ford founded the Museum of Black Inventors with the idea of highlighting the achievements of often unsung African Americans who contributed greatly to the fields of science, household goods, engineering and technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    5 St. Louis chefs up for James Beard Foundation Awards
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/15/17)
    A new addition to St. Louis’ restaurant scene joins three repeat semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Midwest” award. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Circus Flora planning new Grand Center home
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2/10/17)
    Circus Flora is planning a permanent Grand Center home with the help of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, which will own and maintain the circus’ big top. >> CLICK FOR MORE