To succeed in the global economy, cities must invest in what makes them unique. So says a recent blog post by the Brookings Institution.

In their blog The Avenue, the Brookings Institution calls out St. Louis as a practitioner of this winning strategy. Excerpt:

St. Louis is concentrating on global engagement to strengthen and extend its regional specializations. Leaders have proactively sought out global innovators and startups to fill gaps and expand the local ecosystem around their plant technology and bioscience sectors. Leaders at the local agriculture-technology-focused innovation district 39 North, the Danforth Plant Science Center, Washington University in St. Louis, cluster organization BioSTL, and other partners also collaborated to strategically showcase regional opportunities to global industry leaders at an annual ag-tech conference. Relationships built there led to a two-week accelerator program hosting European and Central American ag-tech startups in a local incubator and connecting them to the St. Louis ecosystem.

Read more in The Avenue blog.