• Annual Event No. 179 Celebrated The STL Edge

    Aug 26, 2016

    Hundreds of St. Louis business, higher education and government leaders convened August 18th at the Peabody Opera House to celebrate the STL Edge – Building A People First Region. Highlights of the evening:

    • Presented the Right Arm of St. Louis to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, honoring his successes that changed the trajectory of St. Louis during his 31 years of public service and a historic four terms as mayor. (View his acceptance speech)
    • Warner Baxter, President and CEO of Ameren Corporation, was introduced as the next Chair of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.
    • David Steward, Chairman of the Board of World Wide Technology, launched the Global Leadership Forum. Headquartered in St. Louis, the Forum will create a national pipeline of diverse STEM talent.
    • Announced Show U St. Louis, a regional college festival to help retain talent in our region.
    • Unveiled a commitment by 30 organizations to a unified brand voice for the St. Louis region and debuted Always Exploring, one of the first results of the effort. 

    Read the complete wrap-up with pictures from the event.




  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Aug 19, 2016
    Slay accepts award from Chamber, calls Ferguson protests defining moment of his career
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/19/16)
    Mayor Francis Slay invoked the protests in Ferguson as a defining moment in the St. Louis region and of his four terms in office as he accepted a service award Thursday from the St. Louis Regional Chamber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regional Chamber appoints new chair
    (St. louis business Journal, 8/19/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber has named Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren Corp., as its new board chair. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    21 St. Louis companies make Inc. 5000 ‘Fastest Growing’ list
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/18/16)
    More than 20 companies from the St. Louis metropolitan area appear on this year’s Inc. 5000 list, which recognizes the fastest growing private companies in America. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Emerson to Buy Pentair Valves-and-Controls Unit for $3.15 Billion
    (The Wall Street Journal, 8/18/16)
    Emerson Electric Co. has agreed to buy Pentair PLC’s valves-and-controls unit for $3.15 billion, part of a strategy to expand its automation offerings. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NGA director Robert Cardillo shares his vision of the new north St. Louis facility
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/18/16)
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or one of its many predecessors, has been in St. Louis for more than 70 years and has about 3,000 employees in the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TechShop opening in St. Louis a 'playground' for inventors, entrepreneurs
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/19/16)
    For the dreamers who want to create the next Square mobile payments device or some other invention, a new workshop and fabrication studio in St. Louis will supply the machinery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Vasculox changes name, hires new CEO and raises $86 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/16/16)
    Tioma Therapeutics, a St. Louis-based pharmaceutical discovery startup formerly known as Vasculox, has raised an $86 million Series A led by Clayton-based RiverVest Venture Partners. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Appistry raises $4 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/17/16)
    Appistry, a scientific software company that focuses on genomic data and health outcomes, has raised $4.1 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Heritage Medical Systems, Signature Medical Group form JV
    (Becker's Hospital Review, 8/16/16)
    Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based Heritage Medical Systems and St. Louis-based Signature Medical Group have formed a joint venture — Missouri Collaborative Healthcare — to improve population health management along Missouri's I-70 corridor. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University gets $10 million grant to study pancreatic cancer
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 8/16/16)
    Scientists at Washington University will try to find new ways to treat pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of the disease. A team at Siteman Cancer Center received a federal grant for $10.4 million over five years to fund the research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Talley again among drug development industry’s most influential
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/15/16)
    John Talley, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Euclises Pharmaceuticals, a St. Louis biotech startup developing cancer treatments, has again been named one of the world’s most influential people in drug discovery and development. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NewLeaf says European, Japanese patents are imminent
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/16/16)
    Officials with NewLeaf Symbiotics, an agricultural biotech company commercializing products from naturally occurring bacteria that are meant to boost farmers’ yields, said they expect to be granted European and Japanese patents on their foundational production process technology. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wash U researchers take us one step closer to using biofuel made from e-coli
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/15/16)
    People in much of the country are familiar with ethanol, a type of biofuel made from corn that is added to gasoline. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Growing pains: Gateway Commerce Center sees growth, meets challenges
    (This Alton Telegraph, 8/13/16)
    The company responsible for building the new Amazon warehouse said it is in the midst of a growth spurt egged on by positive synergy in the Gateway Commerce Center — but the growth comes with challenges. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Tariff decision could help Granite City workers get their jobs back
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 8/11/16)
    Local officials were pleased to hear of a recent decision to place tariffs on steel imports, but the real key will be when — or if — the U.S. Steel-Granite City Works reopens, they said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE, Madison County to partner on energy sector study
    (The Alton Telegraph, 8/17/16)
    A grant from a national non-profit organization will fund a study examining how to develop Madison County’s energy industry, officials announced last week. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE among national leaders in students graduating with low debt
    (Riverbender.com, 8/15/16)
    Edwardsville ranks 116th out of 1,300 colleges nationally for the lowest student loan debt per borrower according to LendEDU. Among public institutions, SIUE ranks 54th nationally. Among all Illinois institutions, SIUE is second. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis
    (The Source, 8/17/16)
    If the St. Louis region is to close the gap between what its workers know, and what its businesses need, it must play the long game. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Alexis Wright was first African American named to lead a major private school in St. Louis
    (The St. Louis American, 8/18/16)
    Alexis Wright, the new head of school at New City School, already has blazed a trail in St. Louis as the first African American to be named to lead a major private school in the region. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New mixed-use plan for former Schnucks site in Clayton
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 8/17/16)
    LeCesse Development Corp., a Florida-based multifamily developer, has plans to build a seven-story, 642,271-square-foot mixed-use building at the northeast corner of Clayton and South Hanley roads in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    County officials conduct brownfield outreach program
    (Advantage News, 8/11/16)
    Madison County Community Development recently conducted the second in a series of public meetings to address the identification and assessment of potential brownfield sites in Madison County. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Forest Park Connectivity and Mobility Study Envisions Bike Share, Fixed-Route Transit, Remote Parking, and Much More
    (nextSTL, 8/18/16)
    Forest Park is without a doubt, the recreational and cultural anchor of St. Louis. There are few places across the country that compare. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren plans electric car charging stations in Missouri
    (The Missourian, 8/15/16
    The utility company Ameren Missouri is seeking approval from the state's Public Service Commission to build six public charging stations for electric vehicles between St. Louis and central Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Priced Out By Bigger Cities, Educated Millennials Are Moving to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Magazine, 8/12/16)
    Bye bye, brain drain? A new study of recent U.S. census data shows St. Louis is one of several Rust Belt cities seeing a marked increase in the number of educated millennials despite a declining overall population. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Art, entrepreneurship and education programs help veterans transition to civilian life in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 8/16/16)
    Military veterans often face significant challenges in re-acclimating to ‘normal’ life in the United States. These challenges may be rooted in mental, emotional and psychological issues resulting from the trauma and stresses of war. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nelly to perform with St. Louis Symphony in hometown return
    (U.S. News & World Report, 8/16/16)
    Nelly will be performing back in his hometown of St. Louis next year, but the venue is unique. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    5th Annual St. Lou FringeFest Offers 100 Performances in 6 Days
    (CBS St. Louis, 8/18/16)
    The 5th annual St. Lou FringeFest kicks off tomorrow in Grand Center with 30 acts and 100 performances over six days. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Works of East St. Louis Poet Laureate being collected at SIUE
    (KTVI, 8/18/16)
    Eugene Redmond was named poet laureate of East St. Louis in 1976, when the nation was celebrating its bicentennial. >> CLICK FOR MORE