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GeoFutures Leads St. Louis Geospatial Team to GEOINT Symposium 2022

#STLMade geospatial delegation heading to Denver for the largest annual gathering of geospatial industry leaders; Jason Hall of Greater St. Louis, Inc. to participate in Main Stage panel discussion

April 22, 2022
2021 Illinois Legislative Session

ST. LOUIS – GeoFutures — the initiative of Greater St. Louis, Inc. working to advance St. Louis’ geospatial ecosystem — is leading a delegation of #STLMade geospatial businesses, economic development officials, workforce development organizations, and academic institutions to Denver for GEOINT Symposium 2022, the largest annual gathering of global geospatial industry leaders. The delegation traveling to GEOINT Symposium will focus on attracting geospatial businesses and talent to St. Louis.

“We are building the nation’s geospatial center of excellence in St. Louis, and we want everyone to know that we stand ready to help them meet their geospatial mission,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “From NGA West to a thriving geospatial startup scene, a new first-of-its-kind geospatial research institute to inclusive workforce development programs, affordable office space to flexible SCIF space, we are working to ensure that anyone who wants to set a course in geospatial technology will see that St. Louis is a place they can start up, stand out, and stay.

The St. Louis delegation heads into GEOINT Symposium fresh on the heels of the launch of the new Taylor Geospatial Institute, the first-of-its-kind research collaborative bringing together eight of the Midwest’s leading research institutions to focus exclusively on geospatial research and development.

#STLMade @ GEOINT Symposium

Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s Hall will participate in a panel discussion Monday, April 25, at 10:30 a.m. MT/11:30 CT on the Symposium’s Main Stage. The discussion, titled “A High Resolution GEOINT Community: Taking Action to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” will highlight specific organizational and personal initiatives that are helping to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the GEOINT community and tradecraft.

To promote its business and talent attraction efforts, the St. Louis delegation will include subject matter experts on workforce development, business attraction, startup support, and the Taylor Geospatial Institute. St. Louis will also partner with #STLMade geospatial companies GDIT and AWS to host a “Mappy Hour” reception for GEOINT attendees Tuesday evening.

In addition to the launch of the Taylor Geospatial Institute, key points the St. Louis delegation will stress in their business and talent attraction efforts are:

  • Home to Next NGA West. The $1.75 billion Next NGA West headquarters under construction north of downtown St. Louis will include unclassified space so private sector businesses and academic institutions can collaborate with NGA employees on solutions for the future.
  • Flexible SCIF Space. To assist companies with a need for secure space, leasable SCIF space (an enclosed area used to process sensitive types of classified information) has been constructed in the Globe Building near NGA West with plans underway for construction of additional SCIF spaces in the region.
  • Inclusive Workforce Development. To meet the needs of the growing geospatial sector, St. Louis’ school systems, colleges and universities, and workforce development programs are rapidly expanding their curriculum and offerings to train and upskill talent.
  • A Thriving Startup Ecosystem. Louis is home to several thriving startup support and innovation hubs to help entrepreneurs start up and grow. 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.
  • Alignment with Major Industry Sectors. To create synergistic growth, geospatial companies connect with the St. Louis region’s advanced industries, including national security, transportation and logistics, precision agriculture, and health care delivery and research.
  • GeoFutures Initiative. In June 2020, GeoFutures, an initiative of Greater St. Louis, Inc., released its Strategic Roadmap, which lays out strategic priorities as well as signature initiatives to help strengthen and grow the region’s geospatial sector and to leverage existing strengths and generate greater prosperity and inclusive growth in the community.

GEOINT Symposium Returning to St. Louis

Having just hosted GEOINT Symposium at America’s Center in October 2021, St. Louis will again welcome GEOINT to the Gateway City in 2023 and 2025.

“That the leading annual geospatial industry gathering will be held in St. Louis three times in five years is proof positive that we are quickly becoming the nation’s center of geospatial technology,” added Hall.