• St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 21, 2016
    Phase 3 of Cortex expansion plan unveiled
    (KTVI, 10/20/16)
    The Cortex Innovation Community will unveil its Phase 3 expansion plans. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    First office building in nearly 30 years planned for downtown St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/19/16)
    Downtown St. Louis could soon see its first new commercial office building in decades if a plan from Koman Group moves forward. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    For first time, NGA holds mapping technology conference in Cortex
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/20/16)
    If a conference this week is any indication, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency appears to be making good on statements that it wants to shed the low-profile reputation it has maintained in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis agency approves issuing bonds for NGA project
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/18/16)
    St. Louis’ Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority has authorized issuing up to $120 million in revenue bonds. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Charter has doubled real estate footprint in St. Louis since moving HQ
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/19/16)
    Charter Communications announced it would relocate its corporate headquarters from Town and Country to Stamford, Connecticut, in 2012. The move left the St. Louis area with one less Fortune 500 headquarters and the status of some 600 jobs uncertain. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Startup funding to accelerator grads is skyrocketing
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/18/16)
    Startups that have graduated from St. Louis’ seven business accelerators have gone on to raise approximately $370 million in follow-on capital, according to Business Journal research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Accelerate St. Louis Contest Finalists Announced, Winners To Be Announced During Global Entrepreneurship Week
    (EQ, 10/20/16)
    Accelerate St. Louis, a regional entrepreneurship coalition created to accelerate the growth of St. Louis’ dynamic startup community through connections and resources, has selected 17 finalists for its annual Challenge and 16 finalists for its first-ever STL Export Accelerator. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Better Weekdays helps college students find their perfect career pathway
    (Silicon Prarie News, 10/21/16)
    As millennials continue to occupy the largest portion of the workforce, Better Weekdays hopes to get the hiring employer’s brand out to young students early and often to help influence their career decisions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    (HEC-TV, 10/2016)
    PluggedIN is reimagining the way talent is connected to startup companies. PluggedIN claims to offers a scientific approach to sourcing and recruiting talent through a customized matchmaking tool and high-touch support. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene subsidiary awarded expanded Medicaid contract in Missouri
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/19/16)
    Centene Corp. will expand its presence in Missouri starting in May 2017. The Clayton-based company will soon manage the health care of Missouri’s Medicaid recipients in every county. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MediBeacon teams with Washington University on prestigious Gates Foundation grant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/18/16)
    Local medical device startup MediBeacon is collaborating with scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in researching childhood malnutrition and its related problems. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis and Israel ag tech connection grows stronger
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/19/16)
    Two years ago BioSTL set out to put St. Louis on Israel’s radar. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stay Tuned STL: Growing Ag-Tech Startup Spaces
    (The Nine Network, 10/14/16)
    St. Louis has it’s sights set on being a world leader in Agriculture Tech. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Groundbreaking for first building at Fenton Logistics Park
    (KTVI, 10/20/16)
    Groundbreaking is today for the first new building at the site of the old Chrysler Plant in Fenton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE/SLU research project aims to make people more socially connected through teleoperated robots
    (Riverbender.com, 10/19/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Saint Louis University innovators are forging new territory in the function of telerobotic platforms by creating gesture capabilities that propel them from passive, limited interfaces to social, tangible human-robot interactionists. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LCCC wins sustainability award
    (The Alton Telegraph, 10/15/16)
    Lewis and Clark Community College recently won an award for its efforts to promote sustainability education, practices, programs and training. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Maplewood wins nationwide “Green Power” award
    (40 South News, 10/18/16)
    The city of Maplewood has won nationwide recognition for its use of renewable energy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    O’Fallon approves site plan for reclaiming Fred Weber quarry near I-70
    (Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, 10/14/16)
    Perhaps two decades from now, after the water has been drained and the two pits are filled, a former quarry that borders Interstate 70 in O’Fallon might become the site of an industrial park or maybe apartments. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mike Matheny and Dan Buck propose monumental sports complex in Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-/21/16)
    The city has given preliminary approval to a deal that could add a monumental domed sports facility in the fast-growing retail hub paralleling Highway 40. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MLS Stadium in Midtown at SLU Enters the Conversation
    (nextSTL, 10/18/16)
    It seems, feels, appears that St. Louis is going to be a Major League Soccer city. The “when” still isn’t exactly clear, but we’re likely looking at another four years or so. The “where” is much less clear. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New BJC Initiative Stemming From Ferguson Commission Offers Help For Students
    (KTRS, 10/18/16)
    BJC HealthCare is launching a new scholarship fund in response to the findings from the Ferguson Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Notches a Perfect Score on LGBTQ Equality
    (Riverfront Times, 10/17/16)
    When it comes to protections for its gay, lesbian and transgender residents, St. Louis doesn't just get an A — we can boast an A-plus, for the fifth year in a row. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chuck Berry Celebrates 90th Birthday With First Album in 38 Years
    (Rolling Stone, 10/18/16)
    Rock n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday, celebrated his birthday by announcing that his new LP Chuck, the guitarist's first LP in 38 years, will arrive in 2017 on Dualtone Records. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Ferguson Moment Stages a Movement
    (American Theatre, 10/18/16)
    Just over a year had passed since the death of Michael Brown when the yellow school bus made its 20-minute journey from St. Louis to Ferguson, Mo. The passengers, a collection of theatremakers from around the country, were entering a community whose wounds were still fresh. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Mississippi River website is expected to boost tourism
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/20/16)
    Local community leaders say a new website devoted to the Mississippi River will boost tourism up and down the river. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Oct 14, 2016
    Colleges Pay Millions to Host a Presidential Debate
    (The Atlantic, 10/8/16)
    Winning the right to host a presidential debate is an expensive victory. Washington University in St. Louis is prepared to spend between $4 million and $5 million to host a 90-minute matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Sunday evening. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Boeing opens first commercial aircraft plant in St. Louis
    (Reuters, 10/13/16)
    Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Thursday it opened its first commercial airplane plant in St. Louis that is expected to add about 700 jobs by early 2020, when the company is scheduled to start deliveries of the 777X. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Tries to Rebrand the City for Meetings With a New Music and Tech Festival
    (Skift, 10/14/16)
    St. Louis is fortunate to have one of the more advanced startup communities of any third tier city in America, and it’s leveraging that aggressively through the Murmuration Festival to reposition itself as a forward thinking destination for meetings and events. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cushman & Wakefield to add 600 jobs in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/16)
    Cushman & Wakefield, St. Louis’ largest commercial real estate firm when ranked by local active brokers, plans to add 600 new jobs over the next three years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Unleashed: Growing pet food business brings jobs to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/14/16)
    While St. Louis bemoans the loss of public company headquarters over the years, the pet food industry is one sector that has thrown the region a bone. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Slay visits London to push for direct flights to Lambert
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/16)
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is in England making a pitch for direct flights between London and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise Financial buying Eagle Bank's parent for $130 million
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/11/16)
    Enterprise Financial Services Corp. is expanding its St. Louis banking operations by acquiring Jefferson County Bancshares and its principal subsidiary Eagle Bank and Trust for $130.6 million. It’s the largest acquisition in Enterprise’s 28-year history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Perficient Buys $7M Digital Consultancy To Help It Achieve Mobile App Mastery
    (CRN, 10/13/16)
    Perficient purchased a 60-person digital consultancy that works with Home Depot, the New York Philharmonic and Turner Broadcasting. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis firms raise $63 million in venture capital
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/14/16)
    Five St. Louis companies raised $63 million in venture capital during this year's third quarter, according to the authoritative MoneyTree report. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark leads $8.6 million round for software startup
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/16)
    Lewis & Clark Ventures, the venture capital firm launched in 2015 by Tom Hillman, has led a $8.6 million Series B round for Michigan-based startup Blue Medora, which has developed software for the enterprise cloud and data center management sector. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis connection spurs interest in Irish ag startups
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/11/16)
    It’s hard to overstate how big of a deal the National Ploughing Championships are in Ireland. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto's small competitors see opportunity in seed industry M&A
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/13/16)
    While the global seed and chemical industry is rapidly being realigned by mega-deals such as Monsanto Co.'s planned $66 billion buyout by Germany's Bayer AG, smaller seed companies are seeing opportunity in the shakeup. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Chesterfield manufacturer, under new ownership, to move HQ to Maryland Heights
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/11/16)
    Officials with Pohlman, a local firm that manufactures high-volume precision machined metal components mostly for the automotive industry, plan to move the company’s headquarters from Chesterfield to Maryland Heights, where they expect to increase hiring and output. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Spec warehouse is going up in NorthPark
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/16)
    CRG, the real estate development arm of Clayco, is building on spec a $30 million warehouse at the NorthPark business park in St. Louis County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Princeton Review tabs SIUE School of Business among nation's best for 11th consecutive year
    (Riverbender.com, 10/10/16)
    The Princeton Review has named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Business as one of the best in the country for the 11th-consecutive year. The education services company features the School in the 2017 edition of its book, “The Best 294 Business Schools.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    College tech program turns reluctant student into a productive one
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 10/11/16)
    Lucas Cooper admits sitting in a classroom hasn’t always been his favorite thing to do. “I never liked school a lot until I came here,” the 20-year-old from Edwardsville said. “I like working with my hands and finding a place where I could make something of myself.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Harris-Stowe receives share of $5M grant to increase minority STEM grads
    (The St. Louis American, 10/12/16)
    Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University earlier today (Wednesday, October 12) to help the school announce that they are part of an alliance of eight Missouri colleges and universities that have jointly received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Next phase of St. Louis County Library renovations to begin
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 10/3/16)
    Phase two of a project to replace or renovate 19 of the 20 St. Louis County Library brancheis set to get underway this month. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University unveils ‘most expensive’ construction project in school history
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 10/12/16)
    Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton briefed the university’s Board of Trustees on the school’s plans to transform the east end of the Danforth Campus, calling it “the most expensive and complicated construction project in the history of our university.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Koman Group Buys 3.3 Acres in Cortex Innovation Community
    (nextSTL, 10/6/16)
    nextSTL has learned urban developer Koman Group has acquired 3.3 acres within the Cortex Innovation Community boundary. The area is the heart of the burgeoning urban development scene in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Interview: Sheila Sweeney On St. Louis’ Emerging AgTech Corridor
    (EQ, 10/13/16)
    It was one year ago this month when Sheila Sweeney took over as CEO of St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sheridan will lead global Venture Cafe expansion from St. Louis
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/7/16)
    Travis Sheridan, founding executive director of the non-profit Venture Cafe in St. Louis, is taking a new role as president of Venture Cafe Global Institute. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Business Diversity Initiative graduates 10th fellowship class
    (The St. Louis American, 10/13/16)
    Six years ago, Isaac Butler graduated from the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative Fellows Program, which is like a professional-leadership boot camp for minorities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    As Latino Clout in St. Louis Grows, the Cardinals Test a Spanish-Language Broadcast 
    (Riverfront Times, 10/12/16)
    A cold drizzle falls on Busch Stadium as Brenda Garcia, husband Tony and DJ Tiburon from her Spanish-language radio station hustle to set up their booth in a corner of the upper walkway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ask a Local: An Insider's Guide to St. Louis, Missouri
    (Bon Appétit, 10/13/16)
    “If there’s still a kid in you, the Gateway Arch is fascinating,” says Mike Marquard, co-owner of Blueprint Coffee in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Central Library to Become Archival Home of St. Louis Blues
    (CBS St. Louis, 10/7/16)
    Those blues ticket stubs, signed programs and other memorabilia you’ve been holding on to all these years, could find a place in a new exhibit. >> CLICK FOR MORE