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The new, $1.75 billion western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is being built in north St. Louis. But even before shovels hit the ground, a thriving collection of geospatial companies put themselves on the region’s map.

Some 40 area businesses, including massive corporations like Boeing and Bayer, already are part of the geospatial ecosystem, delivering solutions for the federal government as well as private industry around the world. In mid-2019, California-based Esri announced it would dramatically expand its St. Louis operation, with a company executive calling St. Louis “the natural choice.”

Other companies with rich experiences in the sector, like Planet, have established major offices in the St. Louis region, gearing up to capitalize on the explosion in geospatial technology across multiple industries.  And major area educational institutions, including Saint Louis University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, have transformed their curricula to better serve the needs of the fast-growing field.

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