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STL Partnership Nominated For Two Arcus Awards

St. Louis Regional Chamber to hold awards in February.

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is thrilled to announce that two programs and initiatives that are nominated for the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s 6th Annual Arcus Awards: 39 North and St. Louis Mosaic’s Project’s International Spouses Program. Learn more below!

39 North: The Global AgTech Innovation District

39 North is the global hub for AgTech located in Creve Coeur, and the district partners are working to make it the premier destination for plant science and AgTech companies around the world.  A $500,000 federal planning grant awarded in May 2015 funded the development of the 39 North project.  39 North is a 10-year effort that began in earnest in December 2016 to transform a 600-acre area in Creve Coeur into a new AgTech innovation district. The area is already home to Bayer, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Helix Center BioTech Incubator and BRDG Park, as well as a number of startups and entrepreneur support organizations. The goal is to leverage and build upon the area’s assets by physically connecting the district.

39 North Plant Science District

Aerial Rendering of 39 North Innovation District

With more than 1,000 plant science PhD’s in the region (the highest concentration in the world), 39 North is rapidly emerging as a world leader in academic and corporate AgTech research and innovation.  Highly-skilled experts contribute to world-class research institutions like the Danforth Center, Missouri Botanical Garden and many local colleges and universities.  The 39 North district is such an exciting and growing area in St. Louis that the Brookings Institution highlighted it as a model for successful cluster initiatives nationwide.  The development of 39 North is led by the St. Louis Partnership, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Cities of Creve Coeur and Olivette, Bayer, and several of the companies operating out of the Helix Center and BRDG Park.

Rendering Courtesy: Christner Architects

The strategic master plan to develop 39 North is an extension of Dr. William Danforth’s vision to make St. Louis a world center for plant science and innovation.  By connecting regional assets, improving mobility, creating development opportunities and additional greenspace we will enhance our ability to grow, attract and retain companies and top talent.

St. Louis Mosaic Project’s International Mentoring Program

Photo Courtesy: Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of St. Louis Mosaic Project

St. Louis International Mentoring Program connects international women with St. Louis local women. International women get matched up for one year with a St. Louis mentor who helps them integrate into the St. Louis Community. In return, International women provide their cultural knowledge and prospective to the St. Louis local women. The first year program is coming to an end and five more groups of 5 international, 5 local women have been added.

Become a mentor or mentee today:

Photo Courtesy: Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of St. Louis Mosiac Project

St. Louis International Spouses Meetup Group’s held their second annual International Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner last November at the World Trade Center-St. Louis. This group is for foreign-born expat spouses who have moved to St. Louis with their partner. 250 women have joined this Meetup, and they represent 54 countries, with more than 40 languages spoken among the group. New friendships were made at the potluck over the delicious food from all over the world: Korea, Switzerland, Philippines, Iran, Azerbaijan, Spain, Czech Republic, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, India, and the U.S.A. A similar group for expat men kicked off its first year in November as well.

Photo Courtesy: Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of St. Louis Mosaic Project