Economy & Innovation

Northside Regeneration
4:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

McKee Announces Progress In North St. Louis But No Plans For Streets And Sidewalks

Developer Paul McKee outlines his plans for an urgent care hospital at 25th Street and Maiden Lane on Wednesday. He estimates the project will cost between $12-$15 million and will be financed privately.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

Developer Paul McKee unveiled plans Wednesday for an urgent care facility on the north side of St. Louis, but questions at the press event turned to the lack of infrastructure projects in McKee's massive, 1,500 acre redevelopment area.

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Economy & Innovation
4:02 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Department of Defense Mapping Agency Announces Six Possible Sites For New Facility

Creating maps and models of military targets, such as this model of Osama bin Ladin's complex in Pakistan, is part of what the NGA does.
Credit Natl GEOINT Agency

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has released the location of six sites under consideration for its new facility in the St. Louis region. 

The agency employs about 3,000 people at its current location at 3200 South 2nd St. and Arsenal Street in St. Louis.

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Northside Regeneration
12:22 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Work Begins And Project To Be Announced Within Northside Regeneration

Demolition and environmental cleanup began this week at N. 13th Street and N. Tucker Boulevard for a new food market.
Credit (provided by Northside Regeneration)

A new urgent care hospital is planned within the Northside Regeneration project in north St. Louis.

Developer Paul McKee will announce plans Wednesday for the first big project within the 1,500-acre footprint of the redevelopment zone. Mayor Francis Slay, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and state Rep. Penny Hubbard are expected to attend.

Although nothing official has been released, people close to the project say the facility will likely be about 16,000 square feet.

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Tech jobs in St. Louis
12:20 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Report Says STEM Jobs In St. Louis Are Hard To Fill

Credit Flickr user omervk

A recent Brookings Institution report looks at millions of job openings across the country to see how hard it is to fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in a hundred metro areas. The answer: hard.

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Crowdfunding
10:11 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hot Dogs And Socks: Exploring Crowdfunding In St. Louis

Don Schroeder is a regular at Steve's Hot Dogs and recently gave to the restaurant's crowd-funding effort for a second location in Tower Grove East.
Credit (Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

With items on the menu like the Storm Trooper Dog, the Al Hra-BRAT-ski and the Crazy Cajun Creole dog, it's clear that Steve’s Hot Dogs on the Hill considers its fare more than hot dogs.

"I could eat the entire menu," regular Don Schroeder laughed.

He hesitated before ordering but finally chose the Bacon, Bacon Jamaican, a smoked hot dog covered with cheese, peppers and sweet chipotle sauce. 

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Economic Development
7:47 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Illinois Leaders Pledge United Front To Attract Manufacturing Jobs

Southern Illinois President Randy Dunn promised that his institution's resources will help toward an effort to bolster manufacturing in southern Illinois.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Illinois’ higher education, business and political leaders are pledging cooperation for an effort to bring manufacturing jobs to the region. 

U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, convened a day-long manufacturing summit at Mid-America Airport in Mascoutah. It was aimed at presenting a united front for southern Illinois to compete for manufacturing jobs.

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Transportation Funding
3:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

LaHood: Inaction On Highway Trust Fund Could Be Disastrous

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaks on Tuesday at a St. Louis Regional Chamber event. The former Illinois Republican congressman is supporting an effort to raise the federal gas tax.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tuesday, updated on Wednesday, July 2 with "St. Louis on the Air" interview

Former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is sounding the alarm bells about the federal government’s dwindling Highway Trust Fund.

LaHood — a former Republican member of Congress from Illinois — wants Congress to raise the federal gas tax to prevent the fund from going belly up.

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St. Louis Parking
5:48 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Parking Study To Pave The Way For System Overhaul

A smart meter operated by Duncan Solutions accepts coin and credit card payments near the corner of Euclid and Maryland Avenues.
Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Treasurer’s Office announced last week it has selected the Boston-based consulting group Desmen Associates to examine all aspects of the city’s parking division. According to Treasurer Tishaura Jones, the study is meant to be the basis for overhauling the system, which the office has overseen since 1951, but in recent years been bogged down by inefficiency, misconduct and outdated technology.

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Renewable Energy
4:08 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lawsuit Seeks To Save Solar Rebates

Solar panels on top of the Dickmann Building on South Grand Avenue in St. Louis.
Credit : Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment and several solar panel companies have filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Public Service Commission in an effort to keep the state’s solar rebate program alive.

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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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