A city in St Louis County of Missouri, Clayton borders the city of St Louis and has a population of around the 15,939 mark. It was named after Ralph Clayton who donated land for the town's courthouse in 1877. Today it's known for its large number of skyscrapers dominating its business district. A jumble of mid-century modernist low and high-rise structures sit in stark contrast with earlier mansions, flats and stores. This is an enclave for the wealthy and educated young professional of the dual-income variety. Cloaked in art galleries, restaurants, cafes with outdoor seating for the coffee sipping crowd and boutiques for the shopaholics, Clayton hosts major culinary and cultural events annually, such as the St Louis Art Fair and the Taste of Clayton food festival. Home to the Fontbonne University and other education institutions, its tech savvy youth and established entrepreneurs are found hanging out in coworking venues getting creative.
Missouri is lumped in with Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas as the "Silicon Prairie" for having a wealth of innovators, investors, entrepreneurs and talented minds within the area and for being the best cities for tech startups. The Missouri startup community is focused on building quality, high paying jobs to leverage regional industries within its state making the most of its resources and talent. Its government launched the Innovation Task Force in June 2017 to "spur startup activity and innovation" within its state. It's reaping the rewards of such a move creating a robust tech landscape involved in a diverse range of markets from software development to hardware and services/SaaS firms.
The startup scene of Missouri is evolving rapidly with a combination of talent and entrepreneurial spirit driving the momentum and now that coworking venues have opened their doors, the tech savvy folk have the perfect place to hang out in collaborative mode.
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