CORTEX: St. Louis' Life Sciences and Technology District

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^ According to multiple media accounts Microsoft's move to Cortex officially will be announced tomorrow. Supposedly Grietens will be there so maybe there's more than just a relocation of jobs from Creve Couer.
STLrainbow wrote:^ According to multiple media accounts Microsoft's move to Cortex officially will be announced tomorrow. Supposedly Grietens will be there so maybe there's more than just a relocation of jobs from Creve Couer.

Cool!

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^ nice!
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It says Microsoft could take up to 25k sq ft of the 180k sq ft building.
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New reports today say 30k-40k sf
Microsoft moving offices from Creve Coeur to Cortex
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... um=twitter

150 employees, but not sure how many may be new. And with other companies and the hotel, 800 total jobs are expected with this phase.
60 existing and 90 new jobs

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news ... j=77593501


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Some new renderings from NextSTL:

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Glorious news!
Major tech employment investment = Fantastic
Building design = Excellent
Footprint of this single project = Shocking (but consistent with Cortex), especially for its transit proximity.
Looks like parking only on the south side of Duncan.
Anyone have any details on what the actual positions are for the existing jobs and new jobs? Descriptions and/or salary estimates would go a long way in understanding the quality of the jobs.

There's lots of talk about the Microsoft Technology Center that sounds great, but the devil is in the details. Based on what I've read and the lack of actual details, I can envision a broad spectrum of possibilities. Anything from top notch design and implementation of technical solutions all being done at Cortex (hopefully). Or, at the other end of the spectrum, product salespeople show off and suggest technical possibilities with actual heavy lifting done elsewhere (hopefully not).
RFT wrote:Vicia Opens Today in Cortex — and It's Simply Stunning

Vicia (4260 Forest Park Avenue), which opens today in the city's Cortex district, is that rare St. Louis restaurant capable of drawing national attention before it's served a single dish. Co-owners Michael and Tara Gallina are both alumni of the Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and their decision to leave New York for Michael's native St. Louis drew headlines even before they honed their concept.
http://www.riverfronttimes.com/foodblog ... y-stunning

This place looks and sounds great.
Tried out Vicia for the quick service lunch. The mixing and matching options are very nice. They're vegetable focused but do serve meat. It's clear they want to offer tasty wholesome food with excellent service. I'm looking forward to seeing what a dinner menu looks like. The best part was seeing how full they were with lots of guests walking from the businesses in the area over to lunch.
That's awesome - I was wondering how busy they were going to be. :)
Press conference going on now.....

"Ameren launches initiative to spark energy innovation and attract job-creating tech startups to St. Louis
Collaborative program starts today at Cortex, St. Louis' innovation and technology district

ST. LOUIS, March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) announced today the launch of Ameren Accelerator, an innovative public-private partnership with the University of Missouri System, UMSL Accelerate and Capital Innovators, that will assess, mentor and invest in energy technology startup companies.
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Read more here:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases ... 32595.html


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So much for St. Louis standing out as a tech hub... Almost every large city except St. Louis is on this list:

https://www.citylab.com/work/2017/04/ca ... os/521703/
Mandel’s startup index for metros is based on the percentage of job postings that contain the word “startup” normalized according to the median percentage across all metros. The table below shows America’s top ten tech hubs on this metric.
that's a real solid metric right there. :roll:
urban_dilettante wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:31 pm
Mandel’s startup index for metros is based on the percentage of job postings that contain the word “startup” normalized according to the median percentage across all metros. The table below shows America’s top ten tech hubs on this metric.
that's a real solid metric right there. :roll:
Yeah, I was thinking that too. I think Richard Florida has a serious vendetta against St. Louis. He hardly ever mentions St. Louis unless it's something negative.
These tech articles really seem bizarre to me. I also get perplexed by what St Louis is trying to market itself as. Are we a biotech, innovation, Ag science, technology hub? I'm not sure. Either way, St Louis still is regarded for its booming start up scene


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Kansas City is regarded as a tech hot bed yet its not on the list either.
Lists. Pftttttttttt.
Looks like CORTEX/Wexford filling more Cortex 3.0 space as per Bizjournal article. Behind pay. Still at a loss why some more wet lab space not being developed if their is a shortage.

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news ... ts-in.html

Wexford Science and Technology's planned $53 million tech building in Cortex will be anchored by Microsoft, Cambridge Innovation Center, BJC and an innovation hall.
Unsure of the status of all the concrete pours, but looks as if the base slab is almost done. I would expect to see steel rising soon.