Major geospatial tech jobs announced in St. Louis

The remaking of the St. Louis region's economy continues

Michael Calhoun
June 23, 2020 - 5:29 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated after announcement on Tuesday - A new coalition aims to make St. Louis the country's epicenter for geospatial technology development.

If you ever us Google Maps to direct you places, then you're using geospatial tech.

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"The GeoFuture strategic road maps lays out a clear vision for where the St. Louis community, and the broader geospatial industry, is going," said Jason Hall, CEO of Arch to Park and a member of the GeoFutures Initiative Advisory Committee.

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Dara Eskridge, executive director of InvestSTL, says this is a chance to truly build an industry in cooperation with the neighborhood.

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"Because of the GeoFutures work, we have a plan that sets the trajectory of an entire industry from the very beginning on a path that advances, includes and honors the community where this industry is taking root," she said.

The group's road map also includes plans to scale up the workforce through education and outreach and use developments from local companies to help solve urban problems.

KMOX's previous reporting:

We're watching for a "major tech jobs" announcement Tuesday morning.

The news conference is happening in west county at Maryville University. A source says it's the biggest brand new jobs announcement for the St. Louis area perhaps in decades.

It involves Accenture Federal Services, a consulting firm, opening a technology center. More than a thousand jobs are expected.

    The CEO, Gov Parson, Congresswoman Wagner, and County Executive Page are among those who are scheduled to be there.

    Meantime, the group GeoFutures will unveil a strategic plan to make St. Louis the global center of geospatial, or mapping, technology over the next decade.

    Both events are at 11 a.m.

    These twin developments, as digital payments firm Square prepares for a major expansion at a former newspaper palace downtown.

    The remaking of the St. Louis region's economy continues.

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