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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.

2020 State and Future of GEOINT

The GEOINT industry has experienced a lot of growth since humans first invented computers and have been busy improving them. Now we are coming up with innovative ways to work productively alongside computers and advanced technology. USGIF members, academic affiliates, staff, and Board of Directors came together to help define the future of GEOINT and generate new ideas. Read the sixth edition of USGIF’s annual State and Future of GEOINT Report here.

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