Economy & Innovation

Economy
5:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

St. Louis Aldermen Push City-County Economic Partnership Bill Forward

St. Louis City Hall.
via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

A new economic development agreement between St. Louis City and County is a step closer to reality.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved a bill forward Thursday that would create a long-talked about partnership.

The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Fred Wessels of the 13th Ward, says it will create entity to serve businesses that want to move into the region.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

New Jobs Initiative Helps At-Risk Youth In St. Louis Help Themselves

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The City of St. Louis and local organizations and businesses are teaming up to try to alleviate the problems of poverty and crime in the community.

The new initiative is called STL Youth Jobs, a summer pilot program aimed at high risk youth between the ages of 16 and 23.

St. Louis Public Radio reported on the initiative when it was first announced.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Do Companies Have A Responsibility To Give Back To The Community?

Panera Bread's shared meal of responsiblity, a turkey chili
(Courtesy: Panera Bread)

It’s not uncommon for companies to have a policy concerning corporate social responsibility.  But, do companies have an obligation to help communities?  If so, is it just certain types of businesses?  Plus, how do you factor in a company’s desire to help and, at the same time, benefit the bottom line?

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MSD Storm Water Case
5:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Hears MSD Storm Water Case

Credit Andrew Wamboldt/KOMU News - via Flickr

The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday for and against the constitutionality of a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District storm water fee.

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Business
11:47 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Downtown St. Louis Macy's Store Closing, Cites Insufficient Customer Activity

(via Flickr/Tim Pearce, Los Gatos)

Department store giant Macy's has announced that it's closing its downtown St. Louis location.

94 people work at the approximately 189,000 square-foot facility at 601 Olive St.

The reason? Insufficient customer activity, Macy's says.

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Business
3:38 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'STL Can't Survive on $7.35' Campaign Continues With Rally At Jimmy John's

Olivia Roffle speaks with a woman about unfair employee treatment practices.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and community supporters passed out flyers at Jimmy John’s in Soulard today in the continuing fight for better wages and the right to unionize as part of the STL Can’t Survive on 7.35 campaign.

The flyers were passed out in the parking lot of the restaurant around Noon and called for better managerial treatment and higher wages.

Olivia Roffle is a college student who works at another fast food restaurant. She says that if Jimmy John’s wants better service, then they need to create a welcoming environment.

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Economy
6:31 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Climate Change Prompts Renewed Interest In Native Missouri Grapes

Vitis Rupestris (Sand Grape) Vitis Riparia (Rock Grape)
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

If you are a fan of wine, particularly European wines, from France, Italy or Germany, you can be proud of the role Missouri plays in creating that wine.

Ever since the mid-1800s roots from Missouri grapes have been grafted on to European varieties, because of their natural resistance to certain pests.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Broadening The Discussion: Is Raising The Minimum Wage A Good Idea?

(via Flickr/c_ambler)

Hundreds of thousands of American workers are paid the minimum wage.  It’s $7.25 nationally and $7.35 in St. Louis.  While the perception may be that minimum and low wage jobs are mostly held by teens, the vast majority, 75 percent, are adults over the age of 20.

Recent local news reports have highlighted protests by minimum wage earners.  They are demanding that their pay be nearly doubled.  The campaign is called “St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35.”

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Business
4:07 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'STL Can't Survive On 7.35' Campaign Continues Rally For Change

Kenta Jackson, a shift leader at Church's Chicken, marched in solidarity with the campaign. She makes $8.50 an hour and says she doesn't receive additional pay for overtime.
Erin Williams

Fast food workers and supporters donned ponchos and held signs today as they rallied for change in the Central West End as part of the STL Can’t Survive on $7.35 campaign.

Protesters marched between Arby’s, McDonald’s, and Domino’s Pizza as they seek a pay increase for employees to $15 an hour and the right to unionize without backlash.

One of the protesters was Kenta Jackson, a shift leader at Church’s Chicken who makes $8.50 an hour. She didn’t tell her manager she wouldn’t be at work, but isn’t worried about the repercussions.

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Business
4:52 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

St. Louis Jimmy John's Workers Stage Walk-Out For Higher Wages

(via Flickr/stevendepolo)

Employees at a Jimmy John’s franchise in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood staged a walk-out today.

The workers are seeking $15 an hour, rather than the $7.35 minimum they currently make.

In a statement, workers also complained of being publicly disciplined for trivial incidents and forced to wear signs.

Shamniqua Clark says it was the right decision for her to take part in the walk-out.

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