How St. Louis Is Turning Heads in Europe

Michael Calhoun
June 03, 2018 - 4:45 pm

via GlobalSTL


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- More jobs, more scientists, more investment in St. Louis. . . and it's coming from international tech companies.

The group Bio STL just inked a memorandum of understanding with the Burgundy region of France to help agriculture and food technology companies here and there expand into each others' markets.

It's a strategy that's paid off, with companies from Israel, Ireland, Argentina and other countries choosing St. Louis for their North American hubs.

Bio STL president Donn Rubin says that street cred led to France reaching out to St. Louis.

"They are aware of those companies and the fact that those companies have chosen St. Louis over the east or west coast of the U.S. to put down their stake in North America is tremendously impressive and it really builds our resume."

New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis were the only three U.S. cities invited to take part in Amsterdam's recent "Startup City" summit.

Now, Rubin is in a region of the Netherlands that's considered the agriculture tech hub of Europe. There, he just met with a company that plans a visit to St. Louis because they're interested in setting up their North American hub here.