How a Seed Changed Its Surroundings: The 39 North AgTech District

APA Missouri Chapter


Wednesday, October 24, 2018
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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39 North is a 600 acre AgTech District, in to which St. Louis County and the Partnership are investing millions of dollars to attract startups and AgTech companies from around the world.  While the District boundaries are fully in the City of Creve Coeur, 39 North has energized long range planning efforts in adjacent jurisdictions and organizations.

The goal for this presentation is to focus on:

     Economic Development

In a County with over 80 municipal jurisdictions, a strong leadership is necessary to implement a 600 acre vision into reality.  The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has lead the way for planning and implementation of the 39 North AgTech District, and in doing so has built a coalition of support from adjacent communities and organizations.
The communities of Creve Coeur and Olivette have actively engaged in the planning and implementation process as Core Working Team Members.  In doing so, 39 North has opened its doors to collaboration and given communities an opportunity to both participate and further their community goals and objectives.

Learning objectics:




  • the definition of an ag-tech economic cluster
  • how the region around St. Louis has focused on this economic development priority over the last two decades
  • how the organizational and physical structure of 39 North (planned 600 acre district) builds upon the strength of existing proximate bioscience businesses, R&D institutions and incubators to leverage additional investment from public and private sectors and create a walkable mixed use urban environment for startups and research organizations of all sizes associated with the ag-tech cluster.



Carlos Trejo, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Carlos Trejo, AICP Carlos Trejo is the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Olivette. He has been with the City of Olivette since 2001, serving as the City's first on-staff planner under the direction of the Public Works Department. A graduate of the University of ... Read More

Janet Wilding

Confirmed Speaker

Janet Wilding is currently the Vice President of Major Projects for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. She manages strategic initiatives related to the plant and agricultural technology innovation district branded as "39 North". Formerly with organizations such as St. Louis County Economic Council, Great Rivers Greenway, and contractor with ... Read More

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