The Cortex Innovation Community is a 200-acre thriving innovation ecosystem nestled among impressive institutions such as partner Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, University of Missouri—St. Louis, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Just over four years since the completion of the master plan, the rapidly growing district is now home to a network of 200 companies, over $500 million in investment, and 3,600 new jobs. Housing, retail, hotels, open spaces, and public amenities are all part of the development to attract young entrepreneurs and small companies in addition to seasoned scientists, large corporations, and local residents.
In 1998, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) held its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Ayers […]
In 2002, several major St. Louis institutions had a great idea: they would combine forces to create the Cortex Innovation […]
The Master Plan broadens the St. Louis area’s world-wide leadership in AgTech with a dynamic innovation district to drive leading-edge research in food, water and energy.
The mayor of Louisville and two Brookings scholars tout the effectiveness of Innovation Districts in general and the Cortex Innovation Community in particular.
A new, one-hour documentary tells the compelling story of the Cortex Innovation Community and how it went from an idea to a model for urban economic development
Partnerships with the startup world have changed how universities invest in cities.
A new bridge, a new Metrolink station and a soon-to-be new chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis.