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St. Louis County AgTech District looking to attract startups, worldwide companies

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ST.LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis County’s soon-to-be AgTech district, named 39 North, is expected to attract AgTech companies while improving quality of life and agriculture conditions.

AgTech focuses on agriculture technology and its connection with plant science. Most of the research centers around plants and animals, the development of technical machines and chemicals to improve farming and production of food.

“In short, AgTech is about how we use our knowledge of plant science and the latest technology to find better ways to feed the world,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said. “There has never been a time when this work was more important.”

The new district will cover 600 acres stretching from: Bauer Boulevard to the north, the edge of Monsanto’s campus to the south, Warson Road to the east, and old Olive Street Road to the west.

A $500,000 federal planning grant awarded in May 2015 funded the development of 39 North.

39 North will also be geared toward the lifestyle of highly-skilled scientific workers. There will be multiple retail, residential and office space connected by walking and biking trails and green space, which will connect Monsanto to Helix Center.

"39 North will attract people and businesses from around the world,” said Sheila Sweeney, CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

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