Taking a bi-state approach
Scott Air Force Base is home to many major commands like United States Transportation Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, and 375th Air Mobility Wing. These units lead efforts around the globe in cybersecurity and provide a wealth of knowledge and talent for the community. The base creates over 6,800 jobs for the region. Many of those focused on cyber.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is the nation’s primary source of geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT for the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community. As a DOD combat support agency and a member of the IC, NGA provides GEOINT, in support of U.S. national security and defense, as well as disaster relief.
With over 30 four-year colleges and universities enrolling more than 125,000, the St. Louis area produces more than 25,000 graduates with bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s or professional degrees each year (NCES).
The area also has an extensive network of community colleges, which enroll an additional 65,000 plus students, as well as vocational and technical training facilities and some of the most highly rated elementary schools and high schools in the country. As a result, Greater St. Louis is a great learning environment in which to grow up, as well as a sought-after destination for thousands of people from around the country — and the globe — who are attracted to its top-tier education resources every year.
Greater St. Louis also includes strong small and mid-sized business communities. Recent progress in landing startup companies, coupled with nearly $1 billion in venture capital already invested in technology firms since 2013, is establishing St. Louis as the center of innovation in the Midwest.
For startups, the resources are terrific. The region has numerous business incubators where fledgling firms can find advice, nurturing, and inexpensive office and lab space; additional information regarding entrepreneurial resources are available.
In 2015 Popular Mechanics named St. Louis number one out of the “14 Best Startups Cities in America.” In the two years since it was formed, the Regional Entrepreneur Exchange, or T-Rex as it’s known, has grown to over 100 companies with 80,000 square feet of co-working and incubator space in downtown St. Louis.