The geospatial industry produces a nearly $5B economic impact for the bi-state St. Louis metro—and it’s growing. Geospatial or location-based data is changing the way we all make decisions and live our daily lives.

GeoFutures, an initiative of Greater St. Louis, Inc., stewards a community-developed strategic roadmap for capitalizing on the growth opportunity for our metro while also advancing greater economic inclusion and equity. You can watch the launch event of the GeoFutures initiative here.

This week, NewCities—a global non-profit committed to shaping a better urban future—featured St. Louis as a “New Urban Champion.” This distinction is focused on metros and cities leading the charge in innovative solutions. Check out Jason Hall’s editorial and the video interviews of St. Louis contributors.

Greater St. Louis, Inc., recently launched a collaboration with St. Louis’ two leading tech innovation centers, T-REX and Cortex, that brings some of the brightest minds in the geospatial industry to a national audience while highlighting St. Louis’ place as the global center for geospatial and location technology. This project advances the GeoFutures Roadmap and reinforces St. Louis’ leadership with a unified voice. The next event will feature Tony Frazier of Maxar and former Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. You can register here.

With initiatives like GeoFutures at the forefront of our growth plan, these systems can be rebuilt by and for the communities where they exist creating broader economic prosperity and demonstrating for the nation that growth can be inclusive—and St. Louis is leading the way.