• St. Louis Press Pass

    Nov 13, 2015
    Illinois legislators among honorees at 'Championing a Greater St. Louis' dinner
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/9/15)
    Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson delivered the keynote speech at The St. Louis Regional Chamber's "Championing a Greater St. Louis" Dinner on Monday night. The event recognized the service of members of the Illinois and Missouri General Assemblies, and acknowledged legislators who exhibited outstanding dedication and support for the Chamber's legislative priorities.
    Gov. Nixon announces $1 million in Arch Grants funding 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/13/15)

    The nonprofit Arch Grants program, which provides funding and services to boost startups in St. Louis, will receive $1 million in state funding through the Missouri Technology Corp., Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced late Thursday. The news came as Arch Grants announced its latest class of 11 grant recipients. The new startup companies, which compete for the grants, come from around the world, with six lured here by the program. They each will receive $50,000 non-equity grants from the organization as well as mentoring and support services. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Winter 2015 Arch Grant recipients announced
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/12/15)
    Eleven more startups are receiving Arch Grants Thursday. In exchange for locating in St. Louis, the businesses will receive $50,000 and a year of support in areas ranging from accounting to marketing. Some companies receiving the grants are already located in St. Louis, such as the recent Washington University and Saint Louis University graduates behind Chrona Sleep. Other companies are relocating, including two international companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis aldermen plan public input session on proposed riverfront stadium for Saturday 
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/11/15)

    An alderman said on Wednesday the city will hold a rare weekend public input session on the proposed riverfront football stadium.Alderman Steve Conway, who chairs the city's Ways and Means Committee, said the meeting will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at 1230 North Second Street. The location is an empty building within the footprint of the proposed $1 billion stadium on the city's riverfront north of downtown. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    FOCUS St. Louis applies to advance Ferguson Commission's work

    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

    The Ferguson Commission is considering an application from FOCUS St. Louis to serve as a "core intermediary" for efforts initiated by the commission, which is set to be dissolved after Dec. 31.  FOCUS St. Louis was the only organization that replied to a request for proposals that the Ferguson Commission put out in September, St. Louis Public Radio reports. The Ferguson Commission heard from FOCUS St. Louis on Monday about its plans to forward the commission's work. The group said it wants to "provide infrastructure and support to advance the work of the Ferguson Commission." >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Stifel to buy advisory firm Eaton Partners 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/09/15)

    Stifel Financial Corp. said Monday it has agreed to buy Eaton Partners LLC, a Connecticut-based global fund placement and advisory firm that has raised over $68 billion since its founding.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Royal Banks of Missouri, Frontenac Bank merging
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
    Two locally based banks, Royal Banks of Missouri and Frontenac Bank, are merging. Royal Banks, which has five full-service branches in the region and two limited service locations, has $415 million in assets. Frontenac has four St. Louis area branches and $285 million in assets. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Danny Ludeman’s Concordance Academy adds execs
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)
    The Concordance Academy of Leadership, the effort by former Wells Fargo Advisors CEO Danny Ludeman to reduce the number of prisoners who are re-incarcerated after committing more crimes, has added two executives to its leadership team. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    AB InBev, SABMiller Formalize $108 Billion Deal
    (The Wall Street Journal, 11/11/15)
    Anheuser-Busch InBev NV has formally agreed to buy SABMiller PLC for £71.4 billion ($107.7 billion), a deal that creates a brewing behemoth that will sell roughly one in three beers world-wide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis to land 700 new jobs with Boeing 777x commercial airliner work 
    (Labor Tribune, 11/9/15)

    Construction is underway on Boeing’s new composites center where work on parts for the company’s newest commercial airliner the 777x – is expected to create 700 new jobs. The 367,000-square-foot building, which is an expansion of Boeing’s current tooling center in North St. Louis County, is scheduled to be complete by September 2016. The company is investing more than $200 million in the facility, which includes construction costs and equipment. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Boeing looks for first maritime spy plane order in next 2 years 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

    A senior manager with Boeing Co.'s military aircraft division said Tuesday that the company is likely to get the first order for its Maritime Surveillance Aircraft in the next year or two.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    This St. Louis Startup Helps Colleges Stay In Business 
    (Forbes, 11/12/15)

    St. Louis is among this group, and, having recently visited there, I can attest to the startup culture having generated a substantial buzz in town. But just like anywhere, the leaders of this movement want their buzz and their place in tech to transcend the city’s limits.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Local schools rank among best for entrepreneurs 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/12/15)

    Two local schools earned spots on a recent ranking by the Princeton Review of the top schools for entrepreneurs. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Washington University graduate raises $32 million for startup 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/11/15)

    Schoology, a classroom management software company that originated in a Washington University entrepreneurship course, has raised $32 million from a group of investors led by JMI Equity, a growth equity firm that invests in software and services companies.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    St. Louis area construction industry recognizes key projects
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/13/15)
    Projects at the Old Cathedral, the Laclede Group and a hospital in Joplin, Mo., are among the 2015 Keystone Award winners from Associated General Contractors of Missouri. The annual awards recognize a contractor’s success in resolving construction challenges faced on a project. Also recognized are industry leaders “whose skill, teamwork and spirit of innovation make a lasting contribution to a community,” the AGC said. Safety and workforce diversity also components of project performance. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Mathews-Dickey names new president & CEO
    (KSDK-TV, 11/10/15)
    The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club announced its new president and CEO. Wendell Covington Jr. was appointed at the club's board meeting Monday night. Covington succeeds interim executive Debra Denham, who will train Covington for his new duties.  
    LCCC & SIUE Nursing Partnership
    (Alton Daily News, 11/11/2015)

    There's a new partnership between Lewis and Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing.   The partnership agreement will enable community college students to finish their associate degrees and a majority of the general education requirements toward their Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SIUE at Lewis and Clark.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Our education: Engineering school adds robotics degree 
    (The Telegraph, 11/09/15)

    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering is adding a bachelor’s program in mechatronics and robotics engineering. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the program earlier in August. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Jennings schools readies to open its own foster home for homeless students
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/10/15)

    Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson has no problem getting her hands dirty with unique projects. On Monday, there she was: on her knees laying a carpet, dragging a desk into place, teetering atop a bed to reach old curtains that needed to come down, hanging paintings, putting books on a shelf. This was after her usual morning job in the district: working as school crossing guard.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Local deals make list of ‘most interesting’ health care transactions 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/11/15)

    Three deals involving local health care providers ranked on a new list of the 10 most interesting health care transactions of 2015.  >> CLICK FOR MORE

    Drones and Agriculture 
    (Alton Daily News, 11/09/15)

    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is incorporating them into the agricultural curriculum. Chris Clemons is one of the instructors and says, “The idea of not only presenting to our students that this is the technology, but, really, it's the application of the technology, when students have that first job out of college, they can speak to this. They know the science that is behind this, and they can explain that science to a potential employer.”>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Metro Transit may extend services further into Wildwood
    (KMOV, 11/12/15)

    The City of Wildwood wants Metro Transit to expand its services west to include St. Louis Community College’s Wildwood Campus and the Wildwood YMCA.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    NEW ADMINISTRATOR TASKED WITH MAKING ST. lOuis more accessible to walkers, bikers
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/09/15)

    St. Louis’ first Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator plans to start collecting data on bicycle traffic as the city ramps up its efforts to improve alternative modes of transportation.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    MCT to Implement Fixed-Rate Fare
    (Alton Daily News, 11/08/15)

    Madison County Transit will be making some adjustments to several routing changes near the River Bend. There will be changes to the number six Highland shuttle, the number seven Alton-Edwardsville, and the number twelve Bethalto shuttle. MCT will also begin enforcing a new fixed-route fare zone boundary and begin selling 2-hour passes. MCT Spokesman SJ Morrison tells The Big Z exactly what will be changing.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Metro testing fourth electric bus
    (St. Louis Post Dispatch, 11/09/15)

    Metro is testing another electric bus on three routes — the #32 ML King-Chouteau, #57 Maplewood-Manchester and the #99 Downtown Trolley — through Tuesday.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Renovations for Veterans Memorial to Begin in Spring 
    (KMOX, 11/11/15)

    One of the region’s most notable memorials to Veterans is getting a big facelift. As the Missouri Historical Society took over management of the Soldiers’ Memorial downtown on Wednesday, there are more details about the nearly $30 million renovation.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    IDOT building connection from MLK bridge to southbound Illinois 3 
    (Belleville News Democrat, 11/12/15)

    About a half mile east of the closed Martin Luther King Bridge, workers spread rock to form the base of a new ramp that is being put in place. Other workers pour concrete foam within concrete panels forming a wall.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    3 St. Louis companies among nation’s best workplaces for diversity 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/10/15)

    Two St. Louis-based companies are among the nation’s very best when it comes to workplace diversity, according to new rankings from Fortune and Great Place to Work.>> CLICK FOR MORE

    Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Glow features 1 million lights, family night pricing
    (The Telegraph, 11/11/15)

    The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, Now in its third year, the expanded event features 1 million lights as well as additional interactive installations for guests.>> CLICK FOR MORE

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    Nov 06, 2015
    Webster University marks a century of finding its niche
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/1/15)
    She started out in England, now she’s in Austria. And over the next six months, Anna Nichols is going to spend time in Thailand and Cuba before finishing up in Switzerland. But the St. Louis native’s life is not all glamour and jet-setting. She’s a student in Webster University’s international relations master’s program. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    The cornerstone for Loretto College is laid and dedicated in 1915. Photo courtesy of Webster University
    Extreme Study Abroad: The World Is Their Campus
    (The New York Times, 10/30/15)
    As educators question what college should look like in the 21st century, one answer is: global. And to higher education trailblazers, that means more than junior year abroad or overseas internships. They find campuses to be insular places that leave students ill prepared for a globalized world, and they question the efficacy of traditional pedagogy, especially the lecture format, at a time when the same information can be imparted online. >> CLICK FOR MORE

    W. Louis Brickman in a dorm at Minerva in San Francisco, the staging area for future travels.
    CreditPeter DaSilva for The New York Times

    New York Times spotlights St. Louis law firm
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis-based Bryan Cave was featured in a New York Times story Thursday about the rocky generational transfer of power between baby boomers and millennials at big law firms. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Office space in St. Louis is really, really cheap
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis is among the least expensive office markets in the United States, according to new research from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). BOMA’s data found that St. Louis, with an average office rental rate of $18.80 per square foot is the fourth cheapest in the nation, trailing only Fort Worth, Texas ($18.12 per square foot); Columbus, Ohio ($18.11 per square foot); and Detroit ($17.85 per square foot). >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis is home to the No. 1 copyright law firm
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis-based Thompson Coburn has the best copyright practice in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Only one firm is chosen as Copyright Law Firm of the Year among top law firms. U.S. News researchers arrive at the rankings — based on ability, professionalism and integrity — by interviewing clients and other lawyers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Karl Grice is 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year
    (The St. Louis American, 11/4/15)
    Architect Karl Grice spent many of his childhood days running around the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club in North St. Louis. Martin Mathews, co-founder and president emeritus of the club, is like a second father, he said. One of his proudest moments as an architect was designing the existing club facility in 1981 and incorporating perks that he didn’t have as a child, he said. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Fairview Heights Council approves creation of business alliance commission
    (Belleville News-Democrat, 11/3/15)
    Council members elected to form a business alliance to streamline the city’s efforts to attract, develop and retain business. Six of the nine voting council members approved the measure, which ends the Economic Development Commission and creates the Fairview Heights Business Alliance Commission. The new commission will merge the city’s hotel/motel screening committee and the Lincoln Trail TIF Subcommittee into one entity. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Nicklaus: Entrepreneurs and investors should approach crowdfunding warily
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
    Sometime next year, your social media accounts may be flooded with opportunities to invest in everything from a technology startup to the local microbrewery. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Splice Machine brought into Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    Splice Machine will participate in the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. The big data startup has its main research and development office in St. Louis. The accelerator, based in San Francisco, helps grow companies looking to disrupt the financial services sector. Splice Machine is in line for investments of up to $500,000 for participating in the program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Most Promising Start-Ups Chosen for Accelerate St. Louis Challenge
    (KMOX, 11/5/15)
    If you think the start-ups we keep hearing about are all about tech gadgets and phone apps… think again. Seventeen local start-ups of all stripes are finalists for a big cash prize that could really help them get off the ground.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Former PwC partner takes over at Arch Angels
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/6/15)
    Gil Bickel, the longtime chairman of the St. Louis Arch Angels who has held the post since the group’s founding in 2005, is stepping down. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Memorial Group, BJC finalize strategic affiliation
    (Illinois Business Journal, 11/15)
    With federal and state regulatory approvals secured, Memorial Group and BJC HealthCare announced today that the two systems have signed an agreement to proceed with a strategic affiliation announced in April. The decision follows a due diligence process which confirmed that the opportunity would provide significant advantage to health care in the Metro East region, the hospital systems said in a joint statement. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Rabo Agrifinance to relocate to Chesterfield
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/4/15)
    Construction has yet to begin but a developer already has leased half of the five-story office building planned for a five-acre site along Interstate 64 in Chesterfield. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Health and Dental Care for Kids merges into BJK People’s Health
    (The St. Louis American, 11/3/15)
    Health and Dental Care for Kids is now part of the services of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers. Leaders from both organizations signed the agreement Monday morning, November 2 at PHC headquarters in St. Louis on Delmar. The merger of the pediatric facility makes a fourth site for PHC. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Now hiring IT talent in St. Louis: SLU, Lockheed Martin, World Wide Technology, Peabody
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis is the 10th highest-paying city for tech professionals. And according to data from CareerBuilder, the supply of IT professionals in St. Louis remains lower than the number of jobs available.Meanwhile, St. Louis is among the best places to work for tech professionals. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Developer hopes to begin big Clayton project next year
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
    A development company based in suburban Nashville, Tenn., hopes to start construction next year on an office, retail and apartment complex at a busy intersection in Clayton. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    McGrath Begins $1.9M Renovation of Pi Beta Phi Headquaters in St. Louis
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 11/3/15)
    McGrath & Associates has begun construction on a $1.9 million expansion and renovation of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international headquarters in St. Louis. Construction is scheduled for completion in June 2016. HKW is the architect. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Massive mixed-use project planned for Clayton and Hanley
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/3/15)
    A giant mixed-use project that calls for more than 537,000 square feet of retail, office and residential space is planned for the corner Clayton and Hanley roads in Clayton. Ben Owenell, of Tennessee-based GBT Realty, is developing the site. A public hearing for the project will be held Nov. 17. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis set to win $1 million grant to improve near north side
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/5/15)
    St. Louis is nearly ready to be awarded a nearly $1 million, three-year violence prevention grant for the near north side. To receive the money, the Board of Aldermen just have to approve the measure. The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice totals $999,858.60 and is known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Responding to a Need
    (Diversity in Action, November 2015)
    Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, is responding to the need for trained cybersecurity professionals. The master’s and graduate certificate programs got their start in 2014 when the U.S. Air Force tapped Webster to train 1,400 employees to keep information secure and resist cyber attacks. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE receives 7th straight Military Friendly designation
    (The Alton Telegraph, 11/5/15)
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. SIUE attained the designation for the seventh-consecutive year. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Small class sizes, high placement rate for inaugural year of building trade diversity effort
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/4/15)
    In October 2014, Corey Harris was unemployed and looking for work. Now he makes $33 an hour as an ironworker apprentice in St. Louis. He made the transition from out-of-work retail manager to a career in construction through a pre-apprenticeship program called Building Union Diversity, or BUD. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    LaunchCode partners with Washington University to offer free coding class
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 11/2/15)
    LaunchCode, the paired programming organization based in St. Louis and founded by Jim McKelvey, is now partnering with Washington University to offer a free 16-week basic coding class beginning in early 2016. The class, called CS50x St. Louis, is similar to the course LaunchCode offered for free in 2013, when it teamed with Harvard University to offer the CS50 (Computer Science 50) course. LaunchCode attracted more than 1,000 aspiring coders to its first course held at the Peabody Opera House.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    SIUE School of Engineering Earns ASC National and Regional Awards
    (Construction Forum St. Louis, 11/3/15)
    Two Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering construction management competition teams placed in the top three during the Associated Schools of Construction Region III conference held in Downer’s Grove October 14-17.>> CLICK FOR MORE
    Metro East youth program preparing kids to be productive in the community
    (KMOV, 11/4/15)
    A youth mentorship program in the Metro East is preparing kids in the classroom to be productive in the community. Last year, the Youth Interaction Program started with nine young men and has grown into a group of 25 boys and girls. The group meets twice a week at the Urban League in Fairview Heights and they go out on different outings to learn how to be successful. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    National Blues Museum announces April opening
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 11/3/15)
    The National Blues Museum has set April 2, 2016, as its opening day. The project intends to tell the history of blues music through exhibits and community outreach. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Fashion Fund aims to rival New York garment district
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/6/15)
    The St. Louis Fashion Fund is out to make a name for itself and the city by launching a business incubator, education center, manufacturing hub and budding center of international fashion design. >> CLICK FOR MORE