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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

(via Flickr/breahn)

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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Business - Technology
5:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Major Boston-Area Startup Incubator To Join Wash U In New Cortex Facility

The new Cortex facility on Duncan Avenue will be known as @4240.
Credit HOK

One of the country’s largest startup incubators will soon be moving into the Cortex bioscience district in St. Louis.

The move marks Cambridge Innovation Center’s first expansion out of the Boston area, where it houses more than 500 small to mid-sized companies.

CIC’s president and CEO, Ranch Kimball, says he expects the new St. Louis facility to attract mostly technology startups, but says CIC will be open to a variety of businesses.

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A Good Year 2012
4:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

2012: A 'Good Year' For Sprouting Biotech Startups

An up-close view of a microscope.
(via Flickr/breahn)

The numbers are pretty impressive, more than three dozen new biotech startups now call St. Louis home and collectively they’re hauling in tens of millions of dollars from investors.

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Cortex
4:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Wexford Closes On New Lab Building

Wexford Science and Technology will spend about $70 million to turn the old Western Electric building into 183,000 sq. ft. of lab and office space.
(Missouri Department of Natural Resources)

One piece of a planned $2.1 billion expansion of the life sciences district Cortex has fallen into place.

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Cortex expansion
4:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Life Sciences District Cortex Secures First Round Of TIF For Expansion

Cortex CEO Dennis Lower makes his request for $35 million from the St. Louis TIF Commission
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

The life sciences district known as Cortex has gotten initial approval for the first phase of its $2.1 billion expansion plan.

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.

The phase includes new office and laboratory space, a new Shriners' Hospital, and a streetscape known as Cortex Commons. Here's how it breaks down:

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