• St. Louis Press Pass

    Jan 29, 2016
    St. Louis has best year for job growth since 2006
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/26/16)
    The St. Louis metro area added 5,000 jobs in December, capping its best year for job growth since 2006. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis among best STEM markets
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    St. Louis is among the 20 best metropolitan areas in the United States for STEM professionals — those in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    These 10 cities have the fastest-growing startup scenes — and neither New York nor Silicon Valley made the cut
    (Business Insider, 1/25/16)
    Here are the fastest-growing startup scenes in the US right now. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene to raise $2.27 billion for Health Net acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/26/16)
    Centene, the Clayton-based managed health care company, said Tuesday it would be offering $2.27 billion in senior notes due 2021 and 2024 to help finance a proposed $6.8 billion acquisition of Los Angeles-based managed care provider Health Net. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Square starts move into new Cortex office space
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/25/16)
    Square Inc. has started the transition from its temporary office space in the CIC@CET building to its newly developed space in @4240, where it plans to hire 200 workers for its St. Louis operations over the next five years. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Great Place to Work® and Fortune Name World Wide Technology One of the 2016 Best Workplaces in Technology
    (Visual Strategy Magazine, 1/26/16)
    World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a market leading technology integrator, announced today that it has been named one of the 2016 10 Best Large Workplaces in Technology, according to the global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Edward Jones receives J.D. Power President’s Awards
    (Orange County Breeze, 1/25/16)
    Financial-services firm Edward Jones was awarded the prestigious J.D. Power President’s Award recognizing its commitment to excellence in customer satisfaction, according to Sean Payne, CFP®. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Korte to build warehouse at America's Central Port
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/16)
    Korte Co. of St. Louis will build a 100,000-square-foot warehouse at America’s Central Port, which is on the Mississippi River in Madison. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Early stage investing hits record high
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/22/16)
    More money than ever — $116.9 million — was invested by venture capitalists into early stage companies in Missouri last year, according to recent data provided by PwC and the National Venture Capital Association. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County hires architect for Creve Coeur 'innovation hub'
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/29/16)
    A Baltimore-based architecture firm has been hired to help develop a master plan for a 600-acre "innovation hub" in Creve Coeur. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BioGenerator investment lures North Carolina biotech startup to St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/25/16)
    Edison Agrosciences, a biotech company originally from Durham, North Carolina, announced Monday it plans to relocate its headquarters to St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Pulse raises $10 million from investors
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    Pulse Therapeutics, a St. Louis-based medical device startup, has raised approximately $10 million from a group of investors led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm NanoDimension. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University spinout focused on treating cancer raises seed capital
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/28/16)
    Accuronix Therapeutics, a biotech company based on technology developed at Washington University, has raised $625,000 from a group of investors including the BioGenerator and Missouri Technology Corp. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Global Manufacturer Establishes North American Headquarters in St. Louis
    (InnoVox STL, 1/25/16)
    GWR Safety Systems has a message for manufacturers: You don’t have to manufacture abroad to be competitive. Ted and Claudia Gast bought GWR, a Barcelona-based designer and manufacturer of seat belts, with the aim of establishing St. Louis as the company’s North American headquarters. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene, Washington U partner on health research center
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/29/16)
    Managed care provider Centene Corp. has partnered with Washington University and Duke University to launch a new center aimed at translating research into more effective health-related behaviors. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE spring enrollment hits all-time high
    (Illinois Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s spring enrollment of 13,346 students is the largest spring enrollment in the university’s history, officials said today. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University bucks trend as law school applications rise
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/27/16)
    Top-ranking law schools across the U.S. are seeing a drop in the number of potential students applying, but Washington University is bucking the trend. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Imagine a Better St. Louis: Ameren introduces program to bridge racial divide in St. Louis region
    (KMOV, 1/21/16)
    One of St. Louis’ biggest corporations is doing its part to provide resources that will help bring the region together. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    STL National Blues Museum nearing completion
    (KSDK, 1/26/16)
    After a year of construction, the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis is nearing completion. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis County in early talks about upgrades for convention center and Scottrade Center
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 1/26/16)
    With the St. Louis Rams splitting for California, some policymakers want to spruce up the Scottrade Center and the city’s convention center. And St. Louis County could play a role in chipping in for expensive renovations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    CityArchRiver Foundation hits capital campaign goal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/26/16)
    CityArchRiver Foundation, the nonprofit organization assisting with coordination and fundraising for the in-progress $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds, has completed its $250 million capital campaign, officials said Tuesday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    Jan 22, 2016
    Charter Communications bringing over 200 new jobs to St. Louis area
    (KMOV, 1/21/16)
    Charter Communications plans to bring more than 200 new jobs to the St. Louis-area with the development of a new call center.

    The new facility, located in a renovated St. Louis landmark in St. Ann, can hold 650 people. The building features smart LED lighting that adjusts automatically and reduces eye strain.
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    Charter opens Northwest Plaza call center
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/16)
    Charter Communications said Thursday it has opened its $16 million call center at the former Northwest Plaza shopping mall in St. Ann. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    TierPoint to acquire Cosentry
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/20/16)
    TierPoint LLC, the Town and Country-based hosting and cloud computer company, is continuing its string of acquisitions by reaching agreement to acquire Cosentry. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Centene Partners With Washington University In St. Louis And Duke University To Launch The Envolve Center For Health Behavior Change
    (PR Newswire, 1/20/16)
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today it has partnered with Washington University in St. Louis and Duke University to launch the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change (Envolve Center). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SunEdison completes $300 million Dominion acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/19/16)
    SunEdison, the Maryland Heights-based renewable energy developer, has closed on the second phase of a $300 million acquisition of a solar portfolio from Dominion Resources. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sí, Hablo Español: Illinois-Based Bank Opens Bilingual Branch... Inside a Public Library
    (The Saint Louis Fed, Fall 2015)
    It isn’t every day that a bank branch in the Midwest would schedule a fiesta to celebrate a grand opening. But then again, it isn’t every day that a financial institution opens a full-service, fully bilingual banking center in a community that the 2010 census describes as more than 70 percent Hispanic. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Early stage investing hits record high
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/22/16)
    More money than ever — $116.9 million — was invested by venture capitalists into early stage companies in Missouri last year, according to recent data provided by PwC and the National Venture Capital Association. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cybersecurity firm gets started on Series A financing
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/20/16)
    Global Velocity, a local networking security company, has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to start raising $7.5 million from investors.  >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nanopore Diagnostics raises $600,000
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/20/16)
    Nanopore Diagnostics, a St. Louis-based startup developing a medical device that physicians can use to detect bacterial infections, has raised nearly $600,000 from a group of investors led by the Missouri Technology Corporation. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Sparo Labs founders raise more capital
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/21/16)
    St. Louis-based medical device startup Sparo Labs has raised more than $450,000 from a group of investors, according to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Small-aircraft company has big plans at St. Louis Regional
    (Illinois Business Journal, January 2016)
    Big River Aviation is starting small at St. Louis Regional Airport, but the company’s on a flight path to greater heights.Owner Paul Voorhees is working out of three tiny t-hangers, temporary space as he pursues plans to either lease or build bigger hangar space on the airport grounds.
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    Washington U nears $2.2 billion fundraising goal, raises target
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 1/21/16)
    Washington University officials expect to reach the minimum $2.2 billion goal in its current capital campaign two years ahead of schedule, so they’re raising the target. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Harris-Stowe and Washington University partner for Occupational Therapy degree program
    (St. Louis American, 1/16/16)
    Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) has entered into partnership with Washington University and its School of Medicine and Program in Occupational Therapy (WUSM). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    D.M. teams with Omaha, K.C., St. Louis on business plan
    (Des Moines Register, 1/19/16)
    Civic and business leaders from Des Moines have joined with their counterparts in three other Midwest metro areas to push the region's economic priorities. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Q&A with Ronda L. Sauget, new executive director of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
    (Illinois Business Journal, January 2016)
    IBJ: It’s seems to us like everything you’ve done to this point in your career prepared you for this moment. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Reception welcomes General Carlton D. Everhart II to Scott Air Force Base
    (Riverbender.com, 1/20/16)
    General Carlton D. Everhart II was honored on January 19th at a reception celebrating his recent appointment as Commander of the United States Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base. The reception was hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Civic Progress, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Belle Scott Committee. Approximately 90 people attended the event at the Four Points by Sheraton in Fairview Heights to demonstrate their appreciation for the General and thank him for his service. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Says Panel Making Impact
    (KMOX, 1/18/16)
    The commission formed after the Ferguson riots in 2014 officially disbanded at the end of last year, but one of its co-chairs says its impact is just starting to be felt.

    Ferguson Commission co-chair, Rev. Starsky Wilson tells KMOX, “Someone who says it hasn’t made that much of a difference, really hasn’t paid that much attention over the course of the last year.”
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    Major makeover planned for St. Louis Union Station
    (The Edwardsville Intelligencer, 1/21/16)
    St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) and Groundswell Design Group of Philadelphia, PA are re-conceptualizing St. Louis Union Station. Work will begin on February 1, 2016. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks St. Louis expansion with Sports Illustrated
    (MLS Soccer, 1/19/16)
    Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl at last week’s SuperDraft in Baltimore, with SI.com releasing their interview last Friday as part of their weekly Planet Futbol podcast. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Saint Louis Art Museum Receives $21 Million From Taylors
    (Philanthropy News Digest, 1/15/16)
    The Saint Louis Art Museum has received a gift of $21 million from Barbara Taylor, who recently stepped down as president of its board, and her husband, Andy, the St. Louis Dispatch reports. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Top 10 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of Louisiana
    (The BLT, 1/19/16)
    The St. Louis Mardi Gras is one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations north of Louisiana. One of the first events of the Mardi Gras season is a Cajun cook-off, for those wanting to put their southern-style cooking to the test or even learn how to cook Cajun-style meals. >> CLICK FOR MORE