Economy & Innovation

St. Louis on the Air
7:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Discussion: The Broader Implications Of Changes In Normandy Schools

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The Normandy School District is undergoing a series of changes that have broad implications for education throughout the St. Louis region.

Thursday on St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh led a wide-ranging discussion about what those changes mean for the future of education in St. Louis. The conversation began with St. Louis Public Radio education reporters Dale Singer and Tim Lloyd.

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Economy & Innovation
5:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

New Agreement Between St. Louis County And Sewer District Promises More Business

The agreement between MSD and St. Louis County could result in construction projects — such as the new building for the Reinsurance Group of America in Chesterfield — moving forward more quickly.
Credit / Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

It's being billed as another way to spur economic development in the region.

St. Louis County and the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District announced Wednesday a new agreement to share software that will track and manage construction permits.

Officials from the two entities said having one system for permitting will be more cost-effective for both governmental agencies. It will also speed up the process for those seeking permits.

Speed is important when businesses are choosing between cities, said Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

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Strategic Planning
10:04 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Economic Development Partnership Charts Priorities For St. Louis And St. Louis County

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley speaks during the unveiling of the St. Louis Development Partnership's strategic plan.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership unveiled its first strategic plan for St. Louis and St. Louis County. 

The 33-page document list the priorities for the agency, which was established last year, when portions of the city and the county economic development agencies merged. 

Among the goals outlined in the strategic plan are:

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Bus Fare Stays The Same
4:18 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Public Transit: MetroLink Rate Increases Go Into Effect July 1

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Starting this summer, it will cost more money to ride some of Metro’s public transportation services. 

Metro’s Board of Commissioners on Friday approved transit fare increases that will go into effect on July 1. It comes after the agency solicited public feedback on how to raise fares for bus and train services.

Here’s what the fare increase will mean for riders:

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River Management
12:58 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Water Resources Reform Passes Including Projects Here

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The U.S. Senate passed the first legislation authorizing infrastructure upgrades on the nation’s waterways since 2007, including improvements to locks and dams along the Mississippi River.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act passed 91-7 Thursday, sending the bill to the president. The House passed the measure Tuesday on a 412-4 vote.

The 34 projects authorized by the omnibus legislation will cost an estimated $12.3 billion. Missouri's and Illinois’ senators all voted for the bill. It includes several projects that directly affect this area.       

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Private Air Travel
4:17 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Jet Linx Finishes Work On Private Airplane Terminal At Lambert

Jim Mauze of Jet Linx St. Louis stands next to one of his company's planes. Jet Linx started operating at Lambert last fall and just finished work on its terminal.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

With pearly-white hangar floors and a private lounge stocked with comfy furniture, it's not too hard to believe that Jet Linx spent more than $1 million refurbishing its Lambert-St. Louis Airport terminal.

The Omaha-based private jet company spent the last few months sprucing up the former home of the Missouri National Guard. The terminal's stylishness is part of the company's appeal. Even the bathrooms have an elegant touch.

But Jim Mauze, president and base partner of Jet Linx St. Louis, said his company is attracting attention for more than just coziness.

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Lyft Hearing
7:58 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Testimony In Lyft Hearing Ends; Decision About The Ride-Sharing App To Come

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The courtroom battle between ride-sharing app Lyft and the taxi commission came to a close Wednesday. After four days of testimony. Both sides have called their last witnesses. The taxi commission is seeking a preliminary injunction in St. Louis Circuit Court to prevent Lyft from doing business. 

Lyft's strategy during the trial was essentially tit for tat. For every expert the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission called, Lyft had one to match -- and more.

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Economy & Innovation
1:23 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Arch Grants Board Announces 2014 Class

The winners of the 2014 Arch Grants competition pose after Wednesday's announcement.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

All but a handful of the 20 Arch Grants winners will be making a move, some farther than others.

While six companies already are based in St. Louis, two of the startups are coming from London, England, and another from Cali, Colombia. The rest will relocate from Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago and Columbia, Mo.

The global startup competition gives each winning business $50,000 and free support services, in exchange for moving to St. Louis for at least a year. The clock will begin ticking July 1.

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Lyft Hearing
8:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Lyft Hearing Day Three Is About Insurance; Taxi Commission Open To Talks With The Ride-Sharing App

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The legal battle between the ride-sharing app Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission continued for a third day today at the Carnahan Courthouse. 

Lyft representative Joseph Okpaku spent yet another day on the witness stand. Okpaku testified Monday that the company is not a cab service, that its cars are not "vehicles for hire," and that Lyft's insurance was better than what St. Louis requires of its taxis. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which is seeking a preliminary injunction against Lyft to stop doing business in St. Louis, challenged Okpaku's assertions Tuesday. 

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Economy & Innovation
1:06 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Arch Grants: Attracting and Keeping Entrepreneurs In St. Louis

Dheeraj Patri, one of three co-founders of FoodEssentials. In the startup's downtown St. Louis office, employees get to ring a gong when a project is completed.
Credit Maria Altman (St. Louis Public Radio)

(This story aired Tuesday on NPR’s Morning Edition.)

FoodEssentials has the typical startup vibe.

The company gathers and organizes food label data for retailers and brands, like which products are gluten free or are heart healthy.

But co-founder Dheeraj Patri says they still need to figure out just where to put a foosball table and bar.

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