Economy & Innovation

Wentzville GM Plant
10:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

General Motors Plans To Add 750 Jobs At Wentzille Plant

The addition of a third shift at GM's Wentzville Assembly plant will build, among others, the new Chevrolet Colorado truck.
Credit General Motors

General Motors says it will add a third shift and about 750 new jobs at its Wentzville Assembly plant in early 2015.

The new shift will help build two new midsize pickup truck models, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. It will also produce the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans, which GM describes as solid sellers.

"It's our belief that this is a long-term add for the plant and a very bright future for all the people working here," said plant manager Nancy Laubenthal.

Thousands of early orders

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Space Flight
5:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Boeing Wins NASA Contract For Spacecraft

Boeing's CST-100, one of two spacecraft chosen by NASA to return the launch of manned space flight to the U.S.
Credit Boeing Corp.

NASA announced Tuesday it will award Boeing $4.2 billion to build one of two spacecraft to take American astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX’s Dragon won the other contract, worth $2.6 billion.

NASA said it’s backing the two space taxis with the goal of returning the launch of astronauts from U.S. soil by 2017.

Administrator Charles Bolden said NASA chose two spacecraft because they plan to have more destinations than the International Space Station, including Mars.

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Public Transit
4:55 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

State And Local Officials Share Their Vision For The Future Of Transit

Mayor Francis Slay speaks at Citizens for Modern Transit's (CMT) annual lunch on Friday, September 12, 2014. Seated left to right are CMT Director Kimberly Cella, St. Clair Board Chair Mark Kern and MoDOT Director Dave Nichols.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Citizens for Modern Transit has been advocating for public transportation in the St. Louis region for thirty years. But at a lunch last week celebrating its anniversary, the focus was on the future. Keynote speakers included Missouri Department of Transportation Director Dave Nichols, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.

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Employment
7:36 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Urban League Job Fair Attracts Crowd Of Employers And Job-Seekers Alike

Job seekers speak with employer representatives from companies looking to hire on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Florissant Valley Community College.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A large crowd of eager job-seekers lined up at St. Louis Community College ag Florissant Valley  Saturday for the Urban League’s Job and Resource Fair. At least 90 companies, many with positions to fill, joined the fair, including BJC Healthcare, the Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis Community Credit Union.

Available jobs ranged across the spectrum of careers and education levels, from law enforcement to health care. BJC alone had a thousand jobs to fill.

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CORTEX
6:37 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

CORTEX Secures Key Funding for MetroLink Station

U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff indicates where MetroLink's new station will be constructed with a $10.3 million TIGER grant.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff praised St. Louis' "vision" on Friday after the city received a $10.3 million federal grant for a new MetroLink station.

The planned light-rail station at Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street is a key part of the master plan for the Cortex innovation hub in St. Louis' Central West End. Rogoff said it will make it easier for workers to get to and from the developing high-tech area of midtown.

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STEM Workforce
8:43 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Report Says STEM Jobs Are On The Rise. But Can St. Louis Fill Them?

The 2014 State of the St. Louis STEM Workforce Report suggests the region needs more workers with the specialized knowledge and skills required to fill a growing number of jobs in science, engineering, technology and math.
Credit Image courtesy of St. Louis Community College

By 2022, employment in the STEM fields ― science, technology, engineering and math ― is projected to grow by 12.4 percent in the St. Louis region.

That’s compared to an expected growth of only 9.2 percent for non-STEM jobs.

Those are among the estimates provided in the sixth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report, released this week by the St. Louis Community College.

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Agricultural Biotechnology
10:40 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Emerging Ag Tech Companies Compete For Funding, Partnerships At Danforth Center Conference

The Danforth Center's Ag Innovation Showcase brings together hundreds of agriculture industry representatives from all over the world.
Credit Melanie Bernds, Danforth Plant Science Center

"Precision agriculture" is the trend to watch at this year's Ag Innovation Showcase at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.

The Danforth Center’s Chief Operator Officer, Sam Fiorello, said that's a change for the international gathering.

When the Showcase started in 2009, most of the participating start-ups were using genetic engineering to develop crops that could resist pests, drought or other agricultural stresses.

This year, none of the products presented involve GMOs.    

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Cortex
9:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Federal TIGER Grant Funds New MetroLink Station

The new MetroLink station will be located between Boyle Ave. and Sarah St in St. Louis' Cortex innovation district.
Credit Courtesy of Citizens for Modern Transit

Metro Transit has secured most of the funding it needs to build a new MetroLink station in the Cortex innovation district.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is granting $10.3 million from its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program.

“This is the lion’s share of the funding,” said Metro Transit President and CEO John Nations. The federal grant covers nearly all of the project’s nearly $13 million cost.

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Southwest Airlines new route
9:15 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

St. Louis Entrepreneurs Take Off On New San Francisco Flight

Credit (Flickr, Stu Seeger)

Business class will take on a whole new meaning when Southwest Airlines begins its first non-stop service from St. Louis to San Francisco on Tuesday.

The CEOs of 21 St. Louis-based startups will be aboard the inaugural flight where a few of them will give their elevator pitches at 30,000 feet.

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Parking App
3:07 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Advance Parking: Rams Home Opener Brings New Service

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons)

Rams fans can get their parking reserved in advance of Sunday’s game through a service called Parking Panda.

The company, which was founded in 2011 and provides parking services in 40 U.S. cities, arrived in St. Louis earlier this summer. It has agreements with the Rams and the Cardinals organizations.

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