A full geospatial ecosystem is shaping the sector from talent pipeline to synergistic alignments with major industry sectors, like agtech and mobility and transportation. In addition to the NGA, major geospatial employers like Maxar, Leidos and GDIT are locating offices here. Funders like Arch Grants and Cultivation Capital are deliberately creating geo-focused funding opportunities. And incubators offer space, services and support for entrepreneurs. T-Rex, for example, houses a Geospatial Innovation Center alongside Moonshot Labs, a collaboration with the NGA — the first ever unclassified innovation space for NGA professionals to work with community colleagues.

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Home to Next NGA West

This $1.75 billion facility being built north of downtown St. Louis includes unclassified space to collaborate with private sector businesses and academic institutions on solutions for the future. Learn more.

The New Taylor Geospatial Institute

Funded by a legacy investment from Andrew C. Taylor, the Taylor Geospatial Institute brings together eight of the Midwest's leading research institutions to support a collaborative research and training environment for geospatial advancement. Learn more.

Major Geospatial Corporations & Federal Agencies

Today, the St. Louis metro is home to more than 80 geospatial companies including Esri, GDIT, Leidos, and Maxar, who have located offices here to capitalize on the explosion in location-based technology across multiple industry sectors.

An Expanding Talent Pipeline

To meet the needs of the growing geospatial sector, our school systems, colleges and universities, and workforce development programs are rapidly expanding their curriculum and offerings to train and upskill talent. Learn more.

Thriving Startup Ecosystem

Our nationally acclaimed ecosystem is scaling up to drive innovation and research capacity in location sciences to not only serve today’s demand, but to also serve as catalysts for the future of geospatial. Learn more.

Robust Investor & Support Network

To fuel the growth of dynamic startups, venture capital, accelerator programs, and other forms of startup support are actively engaging to help entrepreneurs turn their vision into reality. Learn more.

Alignments with Major Industry Sectors

To create synergistic growth, geospatial companies are connecting with the region’s advanced industries, including national security, transportation and logistics, precision agriculture, and health care delivery and research.

Collaborative Research Universities

Our universities are using geospatial sciences and data analytics to collaborate with existing industry sectors on research and applied projects. Learn more.