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SLU, WashU open innovation center in Cortex

Take a peek inside the new space in Cortex
Credit: Dilip Vishwanat | SLBJ
The COLLAB workspace at 4220 Duncan Ave. in the Cortex District.

ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis University and Washington University on Tuesday officially unveiled the COLLAB, a joint venture innovation center in the Cortex district.

The two universities plan to use the 7,700-square-foot facility, located inside Cortex’s 4220 building, for education programs in cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and cutting-edge disciplines. 

California-based geospatial information company Esri said Wednesday that it will significantly expand operations in St. Louis, with plans to triple the amount of "professional services staff" it employs locally. The company currently employs about 70 people in the St. Louis region, 40 of whom are in Esri's professional services group.

SLU and Washington University also intend for COLLAB to foster collaboration between academia and industry, with plans to hold events that bring together academic, business, civic and innovation officials.

Koman Group and Green Street saw the intersection of culture and innovation at Chouteau and Sarah avenues. That's where the local developers built a 235-unit multifamily development that includes 18,000 square feet of ground-level retail, including the newest Seoul Taco location. Six permanent jobs and 400 construction jobs were added.

“All regional tech hubs have strong universities that provide talent, generate research, and produce technologies that launch entrepreneurial companies and advance the regional economy. The COLLAB is a powerful innovation focal point that will bring students, researchers, entrepreneurs and corporates together to propel Cortex and the region forward,” said Dennis Lower, president and CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community.

Read the rest of this story and see photos of the space here. 

Saint Louis University has chosen Cullinan Properties to acquire and develop a 14-acre site nestled between its north and south campus that will add more density to an already booming central corridor. Cullinan, the developer behind The Streets of St.

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