Chapter 6: The Economic Impact of Cortex

The Cortex Innovation Community has had an undeniable and transformative effect on the surrounding area. Its founders were instrumental in bringing companies like IKEA and Square to the area. 

About this Project

Our new, one-hour documentary elevates the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in St. Louis. Smart People. Cool Places. The Story of Cortex tells the compelling story of an innovation hub in St. Louis attracting national attention and promising to take the region’s economy in a new, positive direction.

Here, in the most comprehensive oral history of the Cortex in existence, they tell that story in their own words. The interviews collected here were used for the making of the documentary film Smart People. Cool Places. The Story of Cortex​.

The Story of Cortex was made possible by the generous support of Dr. William H. Danforth, Dan and Connie Burkhardt, Constance and John McPheeters, and Aries Rental Company.