The Global Institute on Innovation Districts recently launched its 2021 agenda to advance strategies that support geographies uniquely positioned to drive new waves of innovation, inclusive and sustainable growth. At the top of the list are Innovation Districts connecting businesses, academia, startups and innovation intermediaries in clusters centered in mixed-use, walkable communities.

There’s no shortage of innovation centers in the St. Louis region—home of the highest concentration of plant science PhDs in the world. 39 North is the newest innovation district to sprout up in the area. It’s 600 acres and is designed to foster innovation and opportunities for plant science research and the commercialization of products. 39 North is anchored by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, BRDG Park, the Helix Incubator, Bayer Crop Science and the Yield Lab. READ MORE