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Ikea
4:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

At Ikea Groundbreaking, Regional Leaders Hail Swedish Retailer's Economic Promise

Business and political luminaries broke ground Tuesday on an IKEA store in St. Louis' central corridor. The Swedish retail outlet is expected to open next year.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

In many ways, breaking ground on St. Louis's first Ikea store is a lot easier than putting together the Swedish furniture maker's latest bookshelf. For Mayor Francis Slay, he just needed a shovel and speech. 

“Fortunately for a groundbreaking, you don’t need an Allen wrench or instructions,” Slay quipped. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

How Did The Danforth Plant Science Center Attract European Seed Company KWS To St. Louis?

BRDG Park at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis County.
Credit Courtesy Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Out of all possible locations in the United States, German seed company KWS chose St. Louis as the site of its North American headquarters. What made St. Louis stand out from the rest?

According to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center President James Carrington and COO Sam Fiorello, KWS was attracted to the St. Louis region because of its community spirit and because of the world-class research facilities available at the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park (BRDG Park) on the Danforth Center campus.

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Innovation Centers
4:24 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Cambridge Innovation Center Is Starting Bigger (And Sooner) In St. Louis

CIC St. Louis will not just be housed in the @4240 building in Cortex. It's also taking over management and operations of the Center for Emerging Technologies at 4041 Forest Park Ave.
Credit (Courtesy Cortex)

The expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center to St. Louis is taking on bigger dimensions than originally planned.

CIC is well known for providing space and services to startups in the Boston area. It's attracted hundreds of startups and established tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook since its founding by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999.

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Economy & Innovation
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Report On Rise Of Innovation Districts Highlights St. Louis

Credit (Courtesy Cortex)

A new report out released Monday by the Brookings Institution on "innovation districts" prominently features St. Louis' Cortex.

The Rise of the Innovation District: A New Geography of Innovation in America looks at several of these areas in both Europe and the U.S. It defines the districts as "geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators."

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Entrepreneurial Boeing
2:38 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Boeing’s Ventures Moving To Cortex

Credit (courtesy Ventures)

Boeing Defense, Space & Security's start-up arm, Ventures, is moving to Cortex, the innovation and technology district in the Central West End. 

"We’re really looking forward to being part of the St. Louis’ rapidly growing hub of innovation, entrepreneurship, start-ups, and technology research," said Ventures' Vice President Tim Noonan.

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Politics & Issues
1:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

McCaskill Blasts 'Wild West' Approach In Missouri Politics

Claire McCaskill
Credit File Photo: UPI

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., contends that Missouri’s “Wild West” approach to politics — which imposes no restrictions on campaign donations or lobbyists — is partly to blame for her party’s lack of a candidate for state auditor this fall.

But the senator also asserts that the current state of affairs for Missouri campaigns isn’t good for anyone or any political party, calling it “bizarre and, frankly, not good for our government.”

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MetroLink
8:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Study Examines Possibility Of A Midtown MetroLink Station

Chris Beard of Bernardin, Lochmueller and Associates talks about a study looking at the cost and viability of a Midtown MetroLink station.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday)

A pro-transit organization released a study today that could lead to a new MetroLink station in St. Louis’ central corridor. 

A study by Citizens for Modern Transit examined the costs and viability of building a MetroLink station between Sarah and Boyle in Midtown. The station would be located close to CORTEX, a fast-growing bioscience and technology hub. And it would also be close to where furniture retailer Ikea is expected to set up shop in 2015.

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Business
5:22 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

TechShop Looking For Members In St. Louis

artist rendering of TechShop at Boyle and Forest Park Avenues.
(courtesy Cortex)

TechShop, a do-it-yourself industrial workshop, based in seven cities made its pitch Thursday to expand into St. Louis.

More than 200 people attended the TechShop's presentation. The company provides industrial equipment and classes for amateur and professional inventors. It is hoping to open a location in Cortex, St. Louis’ technology district.

But in order to open its doors, TechShop needs 1,000 memberships. Company COO and Vice President of Business Development Dan Woods pushed that point at the presentation.

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Business
9:35 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

St. Louis Looks To Land TechShop

TechShop CEO Mark Hatch says St. Louis has the right elements for the maker's shop company.
Credit (Bart Nagel)

Have an idea but no tools to develop it?

There may soon be a place in St. Louis where entrepreneurs and hobbyists can turn their plans into reality.

TechShop, a company already in seven U.S. cities, provides space, industrial equipment and classes for both amateur and professional inventors.

CEO Mark Hatch said St. Louis has the right elements for the company, including a robust start-up scene.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Part One: Starting Something In St. Louis

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Earlier this month, business leaders and St. Louis City and County officials announced a new effort to support entrepreneurs and startup companies in the St. Louis region.  The goal is to raise $100 million over the next five years.

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