The Cortex Innovation Community is a 200-acre thriving innovation ecosystem nestled among impressive institutions such as partner Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, University of Missouri—St. Louis, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since the completion of the master plan, the rapidly growing district is now home to a network of 200 companies, over $500 million in investment, and 3,600 new jobs. Cortex is a model for a university-affiliated innovation district that harnesses a single urban location to build a culture of collaboration and discovery. Each building, each lobby, each green space, is intentionally designed and choreographed so that people bump into each other, share ideas, and create connections.
In 1998, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) held its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Ayers […]
In 2002, several major St. Louis institutions had a great idea: they would combine forces to create the Cortex Innovation […]
The Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant, 200-acre hub of business, innovation, and technology integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods.
The mayor of Louisville and two Brookings scholars tout the effectiveness of Innovation Districts in general and the Cortex Innovation Community in particular.
A new, one-hour documentary tells the compelling story of the Cortex Innovation Community and how it went from an idea to a model for urban economic development
Partnerships with the startup world have changed how universities invest in cities.