Three St. Louis-based innovation hubs are teaming up on a new initiative focused on advancing projects that pair together agriculture and geospatial technologies.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur said Wednesday it has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to launch the Center for AgTech and Applied Location Science and Technology (CATALST). The Danforth Center will spearhead the initiative in partnership with innovation hub BioSTL and downtown innovation and entrepreneurship center T-REX.

“Intentionally pairing the region’s emerging location science cluster with our globally recognized agtech cluster provides a perfect combination to scale innovation-based entrepreneurship that will stimulate new company growth and the commercialization of new technologies that will create jobs for a broad and diverse population,” said Stephanie Regagnon, executive director of innovation partnerships at the Danforth Center. “This provides St. Louis with a distinct competitive advantage to take a leadership role in the fourth industrial revolution and strengthen our economic competitiveness for future generations.” READ MORE