• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jun 03, 2016
    Amazon: 1,000 full-time jobs coming to Edwardsville
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 6/2/16)
    Amazon finally confirmed one of the most poorly-kept secrets in the metro-east late Wednesday in its announcement that it would build two fulfillment centers in Edwardsville. With the centers will come more than 1,000 full-time jobs. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    US Spy Agency Opts for New Site in St. Louis
    (The New York Times, 6/2/16)
    A federal spy agency will move its regional headquarters to a new location in St. Louis rather than to a site across the Mississippi River in southern Illinois, the agency said Thursday on its website. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Clayton building boom: $500 million in projects to bring workers, more than 1,000 residents
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
    Plans for a new, sprawling Centene Corp. campus on the eastern edge of downtown Clayton could soon solve one of Clayton’s longest-tenured real estate quagmires: The Clayton Hole, a 16-acre property that has seen multiple failed development attempts over the last three decades. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    In St. Louis, a gateway to innovation and inclusion
    (Brookings, 5/5/16)
    As leaders scan the landscape for strong examples of innovation districts, their tour is hardly complete without learning of the Cortex Innovation Community—an innovation district in the heart of St. Louis. We sat down with Dennis Lower, president and CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community to learn what kinds of interventions and instruments are driving their success. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis adds cybersecurity to stable of accelerator funds
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/3/16)
    Add cybersecurity to the list of fields where St. Louis is trying to build new businesses using an accelerator model. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    John Hoffmire: IDEA labs and the changing face of medicine
    (Desert News, 5/31/16)
    On April 25, 2016, nearly 450 students, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s St. Louis location for a unique sort of Demo Day. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Regional Chamber, Regions seek to aid inner-city businesses
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/2/16)
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber and Regions Bank are teaming to connect inner-city businesses with resources to grow, part of a national program that began 11 years ago. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene becomes biggest Medicaid provider after 'banner' year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/29/16)
    Centene made a key acquisition in 2015 that transformed it into the nation’s largest provider of Medicaid health care plans and doubled the number of people that the Clayton-based company covers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Growing again: MTM moving offices to Maryland Heights
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
    Medical Transportation Management Inc. is relocating its corporate headquarters to Maryland Heights after outgrowing its current facility in Lake St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Newly enhanced VA Women’s Imaging Center
    (The St. Louis American, 6/1/16)
    On May 20, the VA St. Louis Health System recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated VA Women Centric Diagnostic Imaging Center, located on the second floor of its John Cochran facility. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Doesn’t Wilt
    (MIT Technology Review, 5/30/16)
    Monsanto is working on anti-aging technology for flowers using a genetic technology it can feed to plants through vase water. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis group advances international river pact
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/2/16)
    The Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, a St. Louis-based group comprised of 70 mayors from towns along the Mississippi River, helped advance an international agreement that seeks to improve the world’s food and freshwater supply, the organization announced Thursday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MoDOT has work following legislative session: restart cost-share program and educate lawmakers
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/29/16)
    Missouri's transportation system appears to have taken one step forward and one step back in the aftermath of this year's legislative session. It didn't get any increase in the fuel tax, but a cost-sharing program was revived. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Wentzville Logistics Center gets boost
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/3/16)
    Development of a new Wentzville industrial park that will support the nearby General Motors Corp. assembly plant is moving forward after St. Charles County recently approved $5.8 million in infrastructure improvements. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fall Groundbreaking Planned for Fenton Logistics Park
    (CBS St. Louis, 5/27/16)
    KP Development of Clayton moved another step closer to transforming a large, empty space in Fenton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Area's nonresidential construction sees upward swing
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
    Dodge Data & Analytics has issued its report on April construction starts in the metropolitan statistical area of St. Louis, consisting of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Jersey, Lincoln, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Louis, Warren and Washington counties in Illinois and Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $3.25 million gift will lead to workforce center at Lewis and Clark Community College
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
     Lewis and Clark Community College will break ground on a new workforce building on the Godfrey Campus later this year, thanks to a nearly $3.25 million gift from the estate of local resident Ed Weber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    UMSL and St. Louis County enter second year of MacArthur grant to reduce county jail population
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 6/2/16)
    On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh led a discussion about UMSL and St. Louis County’s partnership to reduce the county’s jail population by 15 to 19 percent over two years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    72 years later: United Negro College Fund continues to close college funding gap for minorities
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 6/1/16)
    The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) was started in 1944 by William Trent, Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune. It was created to help raise funds for scholarships for 37 private historically black colleges and universities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    $6 million pledged for health issues raised in Ferguson report
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 6/1/16)
    The Missouri Foundation for Health said Wednesday it has designated up to $6 million in funding to address health issues raised in the Ferguson Commission's report last year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    An Ivy League degree in hand, Eboni Boykin tackles the future
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/30/16)
    It was a muggy day in Mississippi, just south of Memphis, as spring storms gave way. Eboni Boykin, inside her grandparents’ living room, was regrouping after moving out of her dorm room in New York. For once in her life, she was no longer thinking about college. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    STL Youth Jobs garners major donation to kick off summer jobs program
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/1/16)
    Thanks to $150,000 from JPMorgan Chase, about 45 at-risk young people in St. Louis will have summer jobs in the health care and information technology fields. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County Library expands its free summer meals program for children
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/2/16)
    The director of St. Louis County Library kept one letter, written by a mom who wanted to thank her for the free lunches she received for her two children at the Weber Road branch during summer 2014. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    International Soccer Returns to Busch Stadium in August
    (St. Louis Magazine, 6/1/16)
    With the St. Louis Cardinals out of town on a long summer road trip, Busch Stadium will once again host an international soccer friendly in August—its fifth since 2013. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New riverfront to open Thursday
    (KSDK, 6/1/16)
    The downtown St. Louis Riverfront now has a brand new look, with freshly paved bike paths, sidewalks, signs and trees. It officially opens to the public on Thursday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    May 27, 2016
    Residential real estate sales up 14 percent in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/20/16)
    The residential real estate market is booming in St. Louis, according to Business Journal research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Microsoft could be next Cortex anchor tenant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
    Designs and plans for Wexford Science & Technology’s next major project in the Cortex innovation district are expected to be detailed some time over the next 30 days. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator Now Accepting Applications For Its Inaugural Class
    (ALIVE Magazine, 5/25/16)
    The road to the official launch of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator has made huge strides in 2016, beginning with the appointment of Eric Johnson—former NYC Economic Development Corporation’s vice president for fashion and arts—as the Director of the program. The SLFI will kick off a two-year residency program for six national emerging designers on January 1, 2017. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     You may also read more about this story in Women's Wear Daily. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Energizer acquiring auto fragrance maker in $340 million deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/24/16)
    Energizer Holdings Inc. is acquiring a designer and marketer of car fragrance and appearance products in a $340 million deal. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Angel deals down nationwide, but not in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/25/16)
    The number of startup deals being funded by angel investors in U.S. last year slipped 3.1 percent compared with 2014 deal flow, according to the latest analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital Named The Most Active Tech Venture Capital Firm In Missouri By CBInsights
    (EQ, 5/25/16)
    CB Insights just released a report on the most active venture capital firms in each state by the number of investments into tech startups from 2011 to 2016 year-to-date (through May 9, 2016). St. Louis’ own Cultivation Capital was named the most active in Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC looks to local startup to improve care for vulnerable patients
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
    A St. Louis-based technology company is trying to address the challenge of caring for patients after they’re discharged from the hospital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM Health goes live with Surescripts' National Record Locator Service
    (Healthcare Dive, 5/24/16)
    St. Louis-based SSM Health is the first healthcare organization to go live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS), which now provides 10,000 SSM clinicians across Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma a way to locate patient EHRs regardless of where they received care, the medical clinic annnounced Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital among first to get Blue Distinction for maternity care
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
    In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently announced that HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Benson Hill Biosystems launches “cloud biology” software
    (The News & Observer, 5/23/16)
    Agricultural technology startup Benson Hill Biosystems has launched new “cloud biology” software that it says can dramatically accelerate the development of improved crops. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KP Development plans $8 million warehouse on old Chrysler site
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/26/16)
    KP Development is planning an 158,400-square-foot, $8 million speculative warehouse in the Fenton Logistics Park, the former site of the Chrysler plant. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Creve Coeur manufacturer makes acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/16/16)
    Creve Coeur-based Electrical Components International Inc. (ECI), which manufactures wire harnesses and other assembly services, has agreed to acquire a similar company out of Georgia called Whitepath Fab Tech Inc. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stacy Hastie firm eyes industrial development east of Soulard
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
    A firm tied to Environmental Operations Inc. CEO Stacy Hastie is seeking to redevelop 40 acres in the city of St. Louis’ Kosciusko neighborhood, just east of Soulard. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University planning to usher in new era of scientific discovery
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/23/16)
    Inside Washington University, top administrators have grown tired of the school being recognized mostly for its medical school. They also want to be thought of as a national player in the realm of scientific research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark announces tuition discount offers for some full time students
    (Riverbender.com, 5/23/16)
    Starting this fall, Lewis and Clark Community College students who are taking 15 credit hours per semester qualify for a significant discount on their tuition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ranken Tech And Organized Labor Team Up For New Job Training Program
    (KTRS, 5/4/16)
    Ranken Technical College and UAW-LETC are teaming up for a new initiative to help produce more skilled workers in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center expands with $2.4 million gift to house Head Start classrrooms
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/25/16)
    With the help of an anonymous $2.4 million donation, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis is growing to accommodate the area’s youngest children. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scottrade renovation cost put at $160 million
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/16)
    Remodeled concourses, a bigger scoreboard and an enclosed beer garden are part of a $160 million renovation plan for Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Landmarks Association announces 'Most Enhanced' awards
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/16)
    A factory renovated for an IT firm, an abandoned flat redone as modern apartments and storefronts re-imagined as residences are among winners of 2016 Most Enhanced Award from Landmarks Association of St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hazelwood outlet mall owner seeks to expand beyond retail tenants
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/22/16)
    The new owner of the St. Louis Outlet Mall, plagued by an exodus of tenants, may add nonretail uses such as office space to reinvigorate the struggling shopping center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois modernizing power grid in East St. Louis
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
    Ameren Illinois is building a new 34-kilovolt power line that will move power through East St. Louis to the intersection of Cleveland and 27th Street where the company will break ground for a new substation later this summer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Centene plans reveal bigger-than-expected Clayton campus
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/25/16)
    Centene Corp. on Tuesday confirmed what many in the business community had already known: The managed care giant has plans to build a second office tower east of its Clayton headquarters, at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard. And while few details of the project were provided, one thing was made clear in Centene’s site plan: The scope of the project is much larger than initially thought. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Urban League and Griot Museum join forces to keep African-American history alive in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/20/16)
    The Urban League of St. Louis and the Griot Museum of Black History are forming an alliance that the museum’s founder hopes will keep the museum going for generations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Flying Lotus, Tycho, Deerhoof Top Inaugural Murmuration Festival Lineup
    (Riverfront Times, 5/24/16)
    Murmuration Festival, by its founders' vision, will be a mufti-faceted three-day affair combining science, technology, art and music across multiple stages at the Cortex Innovation Community campus in Midtown St. Louis. The fest will feature presentations from speakers in the scientific and technological fields and a juried art competition in addition to musical performances. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Little-known St. Louis museum holds part of world’s largest private original manuscript collection
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/18/16)
    The first draft of the Bill of Rights. The paper Einstein’s E=Mc2 was written on. Noah Webster’s first dictionary. These are three influential documents that are included in collector David Karpeles’ largest private collection of original manuscripts in the world — three of over one million such documents. >> CLICK FOR MORE