Maria Altman http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Arch Grant Finalists Announced http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arch-grant-finalists-announced <p>Arch Grants named the 46 finalists Friday who will compete for the 2014 round of grants.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty companies will receive $50,000 grants each in exchange for moving to St. Louis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The finalists have businesses proposals that range from education and consumer products to biomedical devices and technology. They represent four countries, including Canada, Colombia, the United Kingdom and the U.S., as well as 11 states.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Maria Altman 35226 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Arch Grant Finalists Announced Monsanto, DuPont Meet With Farm Bureau About Big Data http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monsanto-dupont-meet-farm-bureau-about-big-data <p>The American Farm Bureau Federation met Thursday with Monsanto and several other agribusiness companies, such as DuPont and John Deere, to talk about the use of big data in agriculture.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The meeting comes as farmers grapple with whether to share information with major </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">agricultural</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> businesses.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:23:13 +0000 Maria Altman 35214 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monsanto, DuPont Meet With Farm Bureau About Big Data Laclede Expands Into Alabama http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/laclede-expands-alabama <p>Laclede Group has acquired another natural gas utility, this one outside Missouri.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company announced Monday it will buy the Alabama Gas Corporation, known as </span>Alagasco<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, from </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Energen</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Corp. for $1.6 billion.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Energen had been seeking a buyer since early this year.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:29:50 +0000 Maria Altman 35104 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Laclede Expands Into Alabama Laclede Extends “Cold Weather Rule” http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/laclede-extends-cold-weather-rule <p>Laclede Gas announced Wednesday that it will honor Missouri’s Cold Weather Rule for an extra month.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State law prohibits utility companies from turning off customer’s service if the temperature dips below 32 degrees within a 24-hour period.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ordinarily, the rule is in effect from Nov. 1 through March 31.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This winter has been so cold, however, that&nbsp;</span>Laclede<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decided to extend the rule through April.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:51:03 +0000 Maria Altman 34963 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Laclede Extends “Cold Weather Rule” Missouri Businesses Push For Medicaid Expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-businesses-push-medicaid-expansion <p>Missouri’s business community is getting more vocal in pushing the state’s legislators to expand Medicaid.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Regional Chamber held a panel Friday with business leaders who expressed frustration that the state is not capturing federal dollars to provide Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, the state will pass up $2 billion dollars in federal funds.</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:44:54 +0000 Maria Altman 34822 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Businesses Push For Medicaid Expansion Bioscience Boost: BioSTL Gets $2.5 Million Grant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bioscience-boost-biostl-gets-25-million-grant <p>Monsanto is giving a $2.5 million grant to BioSTL, the non-profit organization that advocates for bioscience in St. Louis.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The announcement came Thursday during </span>InvestMidwest<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the venture capital conference that’s showcasing more than 40 innovative companies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">BioSTL’s mission includes growing the St. Louis area's economy through the bioscience industry.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:16:25 +0000 Maria Altman 34787 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bioscience Boost: BioSTL Gets $2.5 Million Grant Census Update: Population Shifts In St. Louis Continue Same Path http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/census-update-population-shifts-st-louis-continue-same-path <p>The population trends in the St. Louis metropolitan area continued in 2013, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The census estimates the city of St. Louis had 696 fewer people in July of 2013 than at the same time the previous year, 0.22 percent drop. At the same time surrounding counties in Missouri added population.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:31:00 +0000 Maria Altman 34745 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Census Update: Population Shifts In St. Louis Continue Same Path New Opportunities: Apprentice Program Enstitute Looks To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-opportunities-apprentice-program-enstitute-looks-st-louis <p>A New York-based apprentice program aimed at giving young adults experience within innovative companies is expanding to St. Louis.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:04:41 +0000 Maria Altman 34715 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Opportunities: Apprentice Program Enstitute Looks To St. Louis 2013 A Banner Year For STL Startups http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2013-banner-year-stl-startups <p>St. Louis’ startup scene gained big momentum last year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.stlregionalchamber.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2014-startup-capital-report-with-attachment.pdf?sfvrsn=2" target="_blank">A new report</a> by the St. Louis Regional Chamber finds area startups raised more than $380 million in equity investments. That was more than six times the amount raised in 2012.</span></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:33:01 +0000 Maria Altman 34610 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2013 A Banner Year For STL Startups Loss Of Rebate Clouds Missouri's Solar Industry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/loss-rebate-clouds-missouris-solar-industry <p>Those in Missouri’s solar industry are losing their sunny outlook.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A combination of lower solar equipment costs, a federal tax incentive, and an attractive state-mandated rebate pushed sales through the roof in 2013. The solar industry <a href="http://adminmoseia.hypermart.net/uploads/Solar%20Jobs%20for%20Missouri%20v2.pdf" target="_blank">reported</a> an additional 1,700 jobs in the state.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:46:15 +0000 Maria Altman 34543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Loss Of Rebate Clouds Missouri's Solar Industry