Funded by Prominent St. Louis Businessman, New Research Institute Launches to Focus on Geospatial Technology

April 21, 2022
Former NGA Director Robert Sharp (at left), who joined UMSL Chancellor Kristin Sobolik in signing an Educational Partnership Agreement between UMSL and NGA last year, is joining the UMSL Geospatial Collaborative as a research fellow and will help guide efforts to lead collaborative K-16 workforce and talent development. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Daues/NGA)


Eight research institutions are joining forces to create the Taylor Geospatial Institute, a new entity based locally and aimed at expanding St. Louis’ position as a hub of geospatial research and innovation. 

With the newly created center envisioned as becoming a key component in St. Louis’ ongoing effort to bolster its burgeoning geospatial technology sector, officials behind the Taylor Geospatial Center say they believe it can play the same role in geotech that the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has in elevating St. Louis’ prowess in plant science and agriculture innovation.