Have you heard about Missouri’s Cortex Innovation Community?
Chances are if you live outside of St. Louis the innovation center, located in the city’s Central West End, and its coming expansion are probably a mystery to you. So what exactly is it all about?
St. Louis’ Channel 5 News team went inside the CIC to figure that out.
The Cortex Innovation Community was created in 2002 through an initial investment of $29 million from Washington University, BJC HealthCare, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden. It has since grown into the region’s largest innovation hub, generating more than 4,000 jobs and upward of $500 million in investment.
Companies like Square, founded by St. Louis natives Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, TechShop, and Boeing all have offices there, and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) singled out the Cortex Innovation Community as a key reason they chose St. Louis as the site for their new NGA West headquarters.
With its strategic location, globally connected infrastructure, economic diversity, competitive business and labor costs, highly-skilled and hard working talent and a statewide commitment to attracting companies and investment, Missouri is a place where companies come to grow and thrive.
Check out more of what Missouri has to offer and get in touch to learn why Missouri is the best place for you to do business.