• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 29, 2016
    Is Clayton emerging as the St. Louis region's new 'downtown'?
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/25/16)
    The city of Clayton is experiencing a burst of construction activity that promises to transform its skyline while raising questions about the continuing shift of investment away from downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Moderately Priced New Construction Keeps St. Louis Rents Low, Study Finds
    (Riverfront Times, 7/28/16)
    You may have heard about the apartments in the Central West End now leasing for $5,000 a month…But as it turns out, things aren't so bad here — and we have, in part, new construction to thank for that. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    When St. Louis Innovators Go To Ireland And France: What Happened And What’s Next
    (EQ, 7/27/16)
    Thirty St. Louis innovation leaders, including representatives from St. Louis economic development agencies, elected officials, entrepreneur support organizations, startup companies and multi-national corporations, wrapped a six-day delegation to Ireland and France last weekend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis tech company helps find stolen data on the ‘dark web’
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/25/16)
    Global Velocity Inc. has released the latest version of its Securio platform designed to help enterprises protect sensitive data from loss or theft. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis Fashion Fund raises $1.2 million
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/27/16)
    The Saint Louis Fashion Fund has surpassed the $1 million mark of its $2 million ‘Campaign for Fashion’ capital campaign, raising $1.2 million as of Wednesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene Tops Views on Acquisition Benefits
    (The Wall Street Journal, 7/26/16)
    Medicaid-focused health insurer Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported its top and bottom lines nearly doubled in the most recent quarter, handily beating expectations, as a key measure of the company’s medical costs fell, it continued to add members and results saw a boost from the Health Net acquisition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is at the center of a multi-front fight against obesity
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/25/16)
    America is fat and not getting any thinner. For the first time, there are more women who are obese than men. More than 40 percent of U.S. women are obese compared with 35 percent of men, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Memorial Breast Health Center earns national accreditation
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
    Memorial’s Breast Health Center of Excellence was granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    One Scientist’s Research Could Lead to a Rare Disease Treatment for Many—Including His Daughter
    (St. Louis Magazine, 7/14/16)
    Fran Sverdrup first caught sight of his future wife as they stood at a bus stop just off campus—the University of Pittsburgh, where he was doing graduate work in molecular biology and Marsha Pagnotto was studying genetic counseling. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wash U engineers develop a foam that can clean dirty water
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/28/16)
    The future of clean water may depend on developing technologies that aim to clean dirty water. With that in mind, engineers at Washington University in St. Louis are using nanotechnology, the manipulation of materials on a molecular level, to develop a foam that can remove salt and contaminants from water. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pretium acquires California packaging company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/25/16)
    Chesterfield-based Pretium Packaging has acquired Custom Blow Molding, an Escondido, California-based supplier of containers for the sports nutrition market. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL awards record number of degrees, ends tough year on positive note
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/26/16)
    The University of Missouri-St. Louis closed out its fiscal year on a positive note, setting a record for the number of degrees awarded and posting its third-highest fundraising total in school history. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE's redesigned Public Health program prepares students for expanding field
    (Riverbender.com, 7/27/16)
    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education, Health and Human Behavior continues to modify and expand its programming, and is now offering a bachelor’s in public health. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Student pharmacists serve locally – and globally
    (The St. Louis American, 7/27/16)
    John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, became the fourth president of St. Louis College of Pharmacy over five years ago. Since that time, his progressive and innovative leadership is moving the school deeper into pharmacological research, as well as local and global partnerships to meet the fast-changing demands of patient care. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LCCC Fab Lab to host national symposium
    (The Alton Telegraph, 7/23/16)
     A national symposium on science, technology and mathematics will be held at Lewis and Clark Community College’s fabrication lab next year, the college recently announced. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Four years in, St. Louis Graduates’ summer drop-in center helps bridge high school and college
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/25/16)
    When Ozzie Furlow graduated from Hazelwood East High School in June, he planned to attend Missouri Western State University in the fall. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    County library branches almost halfway through $120 million renovation
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/27/16)
    With half of St. Louis County Library branches sporting bright, new interiors, more people are getting library cards and attending programs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    After 90 Years, Downtown St. Louis YMCA to Move to New Home at MX
    (nextSTL, 7/26/16)
    Now, with the statement below, the YMCA has announced that it will move from its longtime home to a new space in the MX Building. The new location is planned to open as early as January 2017, with the current facility in operation until that date. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Town Center will take Edwardsville by storm with 131,890-square-foot development
    (Riverbender.com, 7/21/16)
    The Town Center shopping area in Edwardsville is going to create a thunderbolt when it eventually opens with some of the businesses that will be housed there. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene Outlines Benefits Of Expansion
    (Webster-Kirkwood Times, 7/27/16)
    At a July 16 public meeting, representatives of the Centene Corporation discussed the need and benefits of the proposed expansion of the company's headquarters in downtown Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Chamber hands out ‘Champion’ awards including ‘SJR Six’
    (The Missouri Times, 7/27/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce named the six legislators who voted to kill SJR 39 as Champion Award Winners on Wednesday afternoon. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scott’s first transition summit a success
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/22/16)
    Scott Air Force Base’s first transition summit and education fair was such a success that Hiring Our Heroes is looking to set a date for another event in 2017. The two-day transition summit attracted more than 1,000 attendees and included a total of 108 exhibitors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Urban pioneers work to establish Granite City art district
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/23/16)
    Galen Gondolfi is betting that a blighted neighborhood in downtown Granite City can become a cultural hotspot with galleries, artist lofts and venues for music, lectures and performance art. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Rep Receives $1 Million to Endow its Artistic Director Position
    (Broadway World, 7/25/16)
    Michael Oberlander, president of the Board of Directors of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, announced today that the Augustin family has given $1 million to The Rep to endow its artistic director position. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Jul 22, 2016
    City of St. Louis sees $1 billion construction boom
    (KMOV, 7/20/16)
    Construction is booming in the City of St. Louis. More than $1 billion was spent on permits- building, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing – in the 2016 fiscal year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    NGA director signals closer ties with community at new north side headquarters
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/22/16)
    When the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency opens its new facility on the city’s North Side early next decade, it doesn’t want to be an obscure federal agency tucked away in an industrial corridor anymore. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Chamber backs Centene expansion
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/21/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber is endorsing Medicaid managed care provider Centene's plan for a massive expansion of its Clayton headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Enterprise moves up on Forbes' largest private company list
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/20/16)
    Enterprise Holdings, the Clayton-based rental car giant, is now the nation's 15th largest private company, according to Forbes magazine. That's one spot higher than last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    O’Fallon among fastest-growing communities in the St. Louis area
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 7/21/16)
    When you crunch the numbers it becomes clear that O’Fallon has paved the way as a leader in the region’s growing residential housing development sphere. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis home sales rise as inventory drops in June
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/19/16)
    The number of homes on the market in June was down 16 percent compared with the same period last year as the median sales price spiked, according to a housing report from St. Louis Association of Realtors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Midwest Regional planting bank in Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/22/16)
    Midwest Regional Bank is adding to its footprint with plans to build a new location in Chesterfield, according to documents filed with the city. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CNB Bank & Trust nationally recognized as Top 25 Ag Loan Producer
    (Riverbender.com, 7/20/16)
    The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) recently recognized CNB Bank & Trust as one of the Top 25 Agriculture Loan Producers in the nation, in the category of financial institutions with $500 million to $1 billion in assets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital leads $1.2 million investment in ag-data firm S4
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/19/16)
    S4, an agricultural data firm that has placed its U.S. headquarters in Creve Coeur, has raised $1.2 million from investors led by Cultivation Capital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Expansion-stage investment on the rise in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/15/16)
    Venture capitalists invested $98.6 million to date this year into Missouri companies, mostly from the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sparo Labs’ Abby Cohen On Getting FDA Clearance For Wing
    (EQ, 7/18/16)
    Earlier this month, WashU-bred biotech company Sparo Labs, headed up by co-founders Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer, learned their Wing device gained FDA clearance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How to grow a hip replacement with your own stem cells
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/18/16)
    A St. Louis orthopedic researcher has developed a way to grow a hip replacement out of stem cells found in a patient’s fat reserves, and is now testing it in animals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto Rejects Bayer’s Sweetened Merger Offer
    (The Wall Street Journal, 7/19/16)
    Monsanto Co. on Tuesday again rejected Bayer AG’s takeover proposal, saying Bayer’s improved $65 billion bid still undervalued the biotech seed giant—but it left the door open to further talks with Bayer and “other parties.” >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pfizer said to plan new lab, office in Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/18/16)
    New York-based drug company Pfizer plans to move out of its local headquarters at the Monsanto Chesterfield Village Research Center after it builds a new campus for its research and development operations on 32 acres in Chesterfield, according to people familiar with the matter. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sigma's new boss is committed to St. Louis 'epicenter'
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/22/16)
    Udit Batra was in awe of Sigma-Aldrich’s research and e-commerce capabilities when he was competing with it. He’s even more impressed now that he’s running the company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    DynaLabs investment doubles the size of its testing facility
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/19/16)
    DynaLabs LLC, a St. Louis-based pharmaceuticals testing lab, spent $1.5 million to double the size of its testing facility, the company announced Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    2 business parks proposed for Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 7/21/16)
    Two business parks, including one with a historic train station design, are in the works for Chesterfield, according to planning documents filed with the city’s Architectural Review Board. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fenton Chrysler site redevelopment could follow Hazelwood Ford blueprint
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/16)
    Amid what seems to be a booming market for new industrial buildings, even more space is underway. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    IMPACT Strategies to build warehouse, office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud
    (Illinois Business Journal, 7/2016)
    Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies has been awarded a contract to build a new 114,000-square-foot warehouse and office building for Weir Parts Distribution in Red Bud. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    A matter of degrees: Regional Chamber wants to boost college completion
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/20/16)
    When it comes to education, Missouri has no shortage of goals. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education wants the state to be in, as its slogan says, in the Top 10 by 20 – among the leaders in a variety of school measures by the year 2020. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Study: Is St. Louis making the best use of economic tax incentives?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/18/16)
    Each month the commissioners of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority of St. Louis hear request after request from developers and even residents for tax abatements that usually last five to 10 years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BMO Harris plans to keep historic Southwest Bank building on Kingshighway
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/18/16)
    BMO Harris Bank is planning a $10 million restoration and construction project at its historic Southwest Bank property in south St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis And The International Institute of St. Louis Honored At The White House
    (ALIVE Magazine, 7/5/16)
    As harsh judgement swirls around questions of immigration policy, the celebration of foreign populations in America seems to be more vital than ever before. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better STL: LaunchCode teaching minorities to code
    (KMOV, 7/19/16)
    A local non-profit is helping minorities become more involved in the tech industry through summer coding courses. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County Library serving thousands of free lunches this summer
    (KSDK, 7/18/16)
    The program is available through August 12th at the following branches: Florissant Valley, Indian Trails, Jamestown Bluffs, Lewis & Clark, Rock Road and Weber Road. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pulitzer Arts Foundation, German architects move interior of urban home to Grand Center space
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 7/21/16)
    Anyone who has been through some of St. Louis’ oldest areas, particularly in mostly black neighborhoods, is likely to have been struck by the number of uninhabited spaces. >> CLICK FOR MORE