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Brookings Institution Praises S. Louis for Agricultural Technology, Resilience

July 26, 2018 - 9:49 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The prestigious Brookings Institution holds St. Louis up as the nation's heart of agriculture technology, and says the city is an example of how to build a corporate community from the ground up.

Brookings looked at cities that focus on an area of expertise and strength, with centers of innovation, and research funding available, also large corporate anchors, and most importantly, taking the long view over a quick bump in jobs.

“Those are things that we’ve all faced. We had the leadership of Dr. Danforth 25 years ago bringing the community together saying first of all, what are we best at? How do we focus on that best in class and then leverage that and bring folks together? In fact Dr. Danforth and his family foundation were putting funding into, Monsanto fund put funding into it,” says Sam Fiorello at the Danforth Plant Science Center.

He says having a full community around an industry means it's more resilient to stresses, like lay-offs at one company. Just like when AB cut workers who went on to start craft breweries, scientists in St. Louis now have the resources to start hopefully the next Monsantos.