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The Insider: 8.21.19

Bayer, the pharmaceutical and life science giant that snapped up Monsanto in 2017, has announced a $1.5 million grant for the new headquarters of BioSTL. Located at the Cortex Innovation Community, the nonprofit promotes the region’s burgeoning bioscience and technology initiatives. New office space, lab facilities and startup support programs will grow out of the grant funding.

The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra will take center stage on From the Top, NPR’s radio program celebrating young classical musicians, during a May 2020 concert at Powell Hall. The weekly show has more than half a million listeners across the nation. The orchestra, directed by Gemma New, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season.

Ferguson Roofing is on the philanthropic track as well. The commercial and residential contractor is celebrating eight decades in business by awarding 80 grants to area nonprofits. Recipients include faith-based, health care, education and animal welfare organizations, among others. Nominations are being accepted at


A national magazine has taken notice of St. Louis’ flavorful culinary scene! Real Simple spotlighted the StL in its August issue in the article “5 Small Cities to Visit This Summer.” We are listed as a great destination for foodies, and readers are urged to sample delicacies from dining spots like Balkan Treat Box, Lona’s Lil Eats and Pastaria. The piece especially highlighted the countless international offerings from restaurants in vibrant immigrant communities.