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BJC Expansion
Renderings of new traditional intersection at Kingshighway and Forest Park near the Barnes-Jewish north expansion, courtesy BJC Healthcare
Construction on New Intersection at Kingshighway and Forest Park Near BJC to Begin December 5
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 27, 2016 - A project to create a traditional intersection at Forest Park Parkway and Kingshighway is slated to begin December 5.

Forest Park Parkway west of Kingshighway will close to through traffic for up to a year. Local traffic west of the construction will be maintained. Detours will be marked. Contractors will keep Kingshighway open in both directions. The existing Kingshighway bridge over Forest Park Parkway will be left in place and filled underneath.

In a release, June Fowler, BJC senior vice president communications and marketing, stated, "The configuration of Kingshighway and Forest Park Parkway does not lend itself to easy and safe navigation for patients and families seeking to access this part of the campus. This much-improved intersection is an integral component in the renewal of the medical campus and will provide a new front door to the Central West End and medical center from the west."

Safety near the Euclid intersection is a concern that should see relief when the new intersection is completed. Today, faster eastbound traffic emerging from beneath Kingshighway mixes with slower eastbound vehicles. The volume of pedestrians crossing Forest Park Parkway adds to the already tenuous situation.

A related project just west of Kingshighway will reconstruct the Forest Park Parkway bridge over the MetroLink tracks. That construction will be overseen by the city.

In August 2017, the Barnes-Jewish north expansion will open, substantially increasing the volume of patient care on the north end of the campus. The new intersection will help to reduce confusion, improving access to the medical center as well as the Central West End neighborhood.

The $10 million project is funded with a $2.5 million federal grant (for the MetroLink bridge portion), $5 million from BJC and $2.5 million from Washington University School of Medicine. The project is expected to be completed summer 2017.


BBB Offers Tips to Beware of Scams When Giving to Charieis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 27, 2016 - From collection kettles to toy drives to end-of-the-year tax deductions, the spirit of the holidays means giving to favorite causes and to those less fortunate. American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.

With that in mind, several charities started Giving Tuesday to follow the busy shopping weekend after Thanksgiving (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday). 2016 marks the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, which falls on November 29 this year.

In a release, BBB Wise Giving Alliance urges donors to research charities before giving to ensure that their generous contributions are going to trustworthy organizations. BBB WGA evaluations give donors insight into charity trustworthiness so that their hard-earned dollars go to charities that operate ethically.

TRENDS

  • Digital + Grassroots: Research shows that to better reach Millennials, organizations will continue digital communications, but will also incorporate grassroots efforts (peer-to-peer or personal challenges, events, ambassadors).
  • Traditional Holds Strong: 93% of funds donated in 2015 came from traditional means (major gifts, annual funds, events, checks, snail mail and phone).
  • Mobile Giving: Even though traditional ways of donating are holding strong, organizations are recognizing the shift to mobile. On Giving Tuesday in 2015, 17% of donations came from a mobile device. In 2014, it was 13%.
  • Donations By Sector: The top three most popular sectors to receive donations during #GivingTuesday are faith-based (21%), higher education (17%), medical research (13%) and healthcare (13%).
  • Give.org: Donors research before giving. In 2015, Give.org saw a 162% increase in site traffic on #GivingTuesday.
TIPS
  • What's In a Name: Be on the lookout for name similarities. When charities seek out support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity you want to support.
  • Charity Disclosure: Avoid charities that don't disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don't disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Visit Give.org to find out if your selected charity is nondisclosure.
  • Take Your Time: Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.
  • Give a Guide: Request a free Holiday issue of the BBB Wise Giving Guide to be sent to a friend or family member this giving season! The guide features evaluation results for thousands of charities. Simply email Guide@give.org with "Free Guide" in the subject line, and a name and address of where you'd like the guide to be sent.
Gov. Nixon Announces Support for Pfizer's New Facility in Chesterfield
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), November 27, 2016 - Gov. Jay Nixon has announced a plan to support the building of a new, state-of-the-art facility in Chesterfield to be leased by Pfizer Inc., one of the world's premier biopharmaceutical companies. Pfizer has been in Missouri for more than 13 years and currently employs more than 450 scientists and other professionals in the state.

The company expects to create more than 80 new jobs through the Chesterfield project over the next few years. To support Pfizer's new facility, the state has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation criteria. The expansion is also being made possible through local incentives offered by St. Louis County.

Construction of the $200 million facility is expected to begin in mid-2017 and be completed by 2020. St. Louis-based CRG together with Clayco will be the developer and owner of the new facility in Chesterfield.

In a release, Gov. Nixon said, "From startups on the brink of discovery to global companies moving the needle on advanced medicine and solutions, Missouri continues to garner expansions and job creation, further solidifying its position as the epicenter of bioscience and tech innovation."

"Our education and research institutions are shaping the brightest minds that are eager to get into the lab and make a difference in the world. Companies like Pfizer benefit from this growing talent pool and the natural synergy that comes with being part of the region's burgeoning bioscience community."

Once the new building in Chesterfield is complete, Pfizer will bring together colleagues from two sites and multiple buildings under one roof to house its bioprocess, analytical and formulation development, non-GMP processing, as well as GMP cell banking operations, and cell bank storage necessary to support both its R&D and commercial biologic and vaccine products.

"Missouri is an important part of Pfizer's R&D network, and we're proud of the world-class employee base we've built here," said John Ludwig, Senior Vice President of BioTherapeutics Research for Pfizer. "Thanks to the support we've received from the state of Missouri, St. Louis County and Chesterfield, our new St. Louis laboratory facility will provide the right location and space as we continue to evolve our business over the coming years."

"Pfizer is yet another example of an innovative company that has chosen St. Louis County as an important base. The company had several location options, but wanted to be here because St. Louis County is a great place to live and do business. That's why we continue to attract businesses with diverse talent and true vision. John Ludwig and his team are at the forefront of biopharma, and they will be a true asset to our community," said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.


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