MOKAN http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Life Sciences District Cortex Secures First Round Of TIF For Expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/life-sciences-district-cortex-secures-first-round-tif-expansion <p>The life sciences district known as Cortex has gotten initial approval for the first phase of its $2.1 billion expansion plan.</p><p>The city's Tax Increment Financing commission voted today to authorize about $35 million in incentives for the first phase, which totals about $160 million.</p><p>The phase includes new office and laboratory space, a new Shriners' Hospital, and a streetscape&nbsp;known as Cortex Commons. Here's how it breaks down:</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:07:32 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 7305 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Life Sciences District Cortex Secures First Round Of TIF For Expansion MOKAN to MSD: employ more local businesses, women, minorities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mokan-msd-employ-more-local-businesses-women-minorities <p>The minority business advocacy group <a href="http://mokanccac.org/home.html">MOKAN</a> says the <a href="http://www.stlmsd.com/home">Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District</a> is not doing enough to include local minority and female workers in its sewer upgrade projects.</p><p>MOKAN executive director Yaphett El-Amin says her group wants MSD to increase the transparency of its hiring practices and invest at least $23.5 million in worker training programs.</p> Thu, 10 May 2012 22:53:02 +0000 VĂ©ronique LaCapra 3675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MOKAN to MSD: employ more local businesses, women, minorities