1. Our startup and research scene continues to evolve. When it comes to tech and entrepreneurship, St. Louis punches above its weight. A lot of that stems from the region’s investment in people, as well as incubators like CortexTRex, and OPO Startups. Soon, the Next NGA West facility will allow St. Louis to plant a flag as a hub for geospatial research and technology. The 39 North campus in Creve Coeur is also growing as a center for agtech innovation and development, housing such industry leaders as Benson Hill, a plant-based food tech firm, which just became the latest unicorn in St. Louis’ startup scene. READ 24 MORE