• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 07, 2016
    Entrepreneurs to spread the St. Louis startup story to Boston
    (Crains, 10/3/16)
    Executives from 19 St. Louis-area startups are taking their show on the road to meet potential investors and other influencers, advancing courtships they’ve been cultivating through email exchanges, phone calls and video conferences to the next level with face-to-face meetings this week in Boston. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What you need to know about the Oct. 9 presidential debate at Washington University
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/6/16)
    Last Monday night featured the first presidential debate of the year and the first time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off one-on-one over plans and policy. It was the most-watched debate in televised debate history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Globally speaking, St. Louis is a middleweight
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/4/16)
    We compete in a global economy, but we work and shop in a local one. It’s not always clear how the two fit together. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Software developer adding jobs downtown
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/5/16)
    Officials with software provider Coolfire Solutions expect to add 11 jobs at its downtown St. Louis office, bringing its total headcount to about 35. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is a cheap place to launch a startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/4/16)
    For startups, every penny counts. So office rent can sometimes be the difference between success and failure. By that measure, St. Louis is among the best markets to start a company, with the East and West Coasts being more cost-prohibitive. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Green Street STL Offers “Cyberspace” for Rent
    (Construction Forum STL, 10/7/16)
    Question: What do you get when you combine an unused Georgian/Colonial office building with unused bandwidth? Answer: A “tech-enabled” space that allows startups to make the jump to the next level. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital starts raising for $100 million fintech fund
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/3/16)
    Cultivation Capital, the St. Louis-based venture capital firm, has raised $20.5 million for its planned $100 million fintech fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Over 70 High School Students Take Part In Youth Cyber Competition
    (EQ, 9/30/16)
    In preparation for the upcoming National CyberPatriot IX Competition, Midwest Cyber Center of Excellence (MWCCOE) hosted a MWCCOE HackSpace Competition for high school and middle school students Sept 10 at Maryville University and Sept 17 at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Luke’s aims to make procedure shopping easier
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/2/16)
    With the continued focus nationwide on hospital pricing transparency, St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield has developed a tool to provide patients with estimates of what they will pay out of their own pocket for procedures ranging from gall bladder removal to knee replacements. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Manufacturers are innovators, too — and St. Louis has a lot of them
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/2/16)
    With just an afternoon to take their ideas from paper to prototype, there was a steady flow of people running back and forth from a Union Station conference room to the 3-D printers and laser cutters outside. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What does it mean to have equity in education? This tiny neighborhood elementary school in St. Louis is trying to find out
    (We Live Here, 10/3/16)
    We plant ourselves in Adams Elementary, a neighborhood school in south St. Louis, that is on a serious mission: equitable education and opportunities for all of its 300 students. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Express Scripts execs work side by side with Jennings students
    (The St. Louis American, 10/6/16)
    Breyanaah Parker, a student ambassador at Jennings High School, dipped her paintbrush in the red paint and got to work on bringing to life a big “J” on a collective school art project. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How to Make St. Louis a City of the Future
    (St. Louis Magazine, 10/6/16)
    What can St. Louis learn from Curitiba, Brazil? In the Prevention Research Center on Washington University’s campus, Dr. Rodrigo Siquiera Reis remembers a similar question. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Messenger: Frontenac couple work to elevate value of Missouri River
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/3/16)
    The store sits along the Katy Trail between Marthasville and Treloar. It’s about two miles north of the Missouri River along a stretch of landscape in Warren County that Dan Burkhardt believes connects this region’s past with its future. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    To bridge St. Louis’ divides, one group is organizing neighborhood exchanges for mutual learning
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/4/16)
    Rodney Norman is an active resident of the West End neighborhood, which is bounded by Delmar, Skinker, Page and Union on St. Louis’ north side. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Development work at I-255, Gateway Commerce Center, creates optimism for future
    (Riverbender.com, 10/4/16)
    Amazon’s location into the Gateway Commerce Centerappears to have opened doors for more businesses and jobs to come to Madison County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Bi-State Completes Full-Scale Eads Bridge Renovation
    (Construction Forum STL, 10/7/16)
    A special event was held Friday morning (Oct. 7) to mark the first complete rehabilitation of the 142-year-old Eads Bridge. The project was coordinated by Bi-State Development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Beacon, $24M Mixed-Use Project Proposed for Wydown-Hanley
    (nextSTL, 10/4/16)
    A prominent surface parking lot may soon be the site of a significant mixed-use infill project if plans by Cornerstone Development come to fruition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Local faith leaders work to build alliances between minorities in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/7/16)
    What exactly is an “inter-minority" dialogue? For Vince Lee Bantu, it’s a space for where people of color can come share their common cultural experiences and nuanced struggles while building connections. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Arts and Education Council Celebrates Innovative Arts Programs Across The St. Louis Region
    (ALIVE Magazine, 10/5/16)
    For community-focused arts programs and organizations in cities across the country, the funding and institutional support they depend on to function successfully is being reduced at alarming rates. The Arts and Education Council—the umbrella organization that organizes the annual St. Louis Arts Awards—is a massive attempt to counteract that national trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saratoga Lanes in Maplewood, the area's last upstairs bowling alley, celebrates 100 years
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/7/16)
    It’s the time capsule bowling alley. The “Cheers” bowling alley. It’s the upstairs bowling alley where you can stand in the parking lot and hear pins clattering, a satisfying sound that has echoed above this block of Sutton Boulevard in downtown Maplewood for 100 years now. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County Library to highlight local musicians through online streaming, app
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/5/16)
    Local musician Melinda Cooper remembers the exact moment she fell in love with songwriting.  Decades ago, it was snowing outside and she was driving down Interstate 44 when Stephen Merritt’s song “Falling Out Of Love (With You)” began playing on her car radio. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Businesses Optimistic Going Into New Quarter

    Oct 04, 2016

    Local businesses are optimistic about St. Louis’ economy thanks to a strong third quarter. Hiring rates are climbing as the labor market improves. Additionally, improvements in the region’s commercial and residential real estate markets as well as commercial lending show consumers are growing more confident.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Third Quarter 2016 Burgundy Book reports that the metropolitan area’s unemployment rate is 4.9%. Employment growth is trending above the national average, particularly in the private service-providing sector. Business contacts are reporting increases wages from one year ago and expectations that increases will continue through the end of the year.

    New and existing home sales in St. Louis are rising rapidly. Home sales continue to outpace the national average while residential construction, while modest, is still higher than last year’s rate.

    The positive uptick in construction carries over to speculative and build-to-suit industrial projects. According to the Burgundy Book, “Almost twice as much industrial space is currently under construction in St. Louis compared with a year ago,” indicating the region’s continued growth.