US: T-REX, the downtown St. Louis nonprofit technology innovation center, has announced a collaboration with Deloitte to help build and equip Geosaurus with state-of-the-art resources and programming.
Geosaurus is a Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center currently under construction and slated to open this year on the 4th floor of T-REX. The center will be an inclusive community space for St. Louis’ growing geospatial ecosystem, with a focus on nurturing early-stage geospatial startups and inspiring geospatial innovation and industry workforce development.
“Our goal is to make St. Louis the global center of excellence and expertise in geospatial technologies,” said T-REX Executive Director Patty Hagen. “This generous support and involvement by Deloitte will not only help us nurture the local geospatial ecosystem but also provide the center much-needed expertise, support and investment.”
Deloitte committed a financial investment of $155,000 over five years, which will be critical to the development and success of the center. A representative from Deloitte will also join a Geosaurus advisory committee.
“Location data enables increased analysis and understanding that is critical to solving the toughest government and business challenges,” Craig White, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, who leads Deloitte’s government team in St. Louis as well as its work with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). “Our investment in T-REX’s Geosaurus Geospatial Resource and Innovation Center reinforces our commitment to this innovative sector and increases our role in delivering diverse geospatial solutions to both our government and commercial clients.”
With the NGA building its $1.75 billion Next NGA West headquarters just 1.6 miles from T-REX’s location in the historic Lammert Building in downtown St. Louis, T-REX and its resident companies and members are ideally positioned to support geospatial innovation. T-REX already houses a growing number of geospatial companies including Xeo Air, Geodata IT, Optimal Geo, and UNCOMN.