Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The city’s growing reputation as a tech hub will be back in the spotlight today.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is planning a mid-afternoon stop at CORTEX, the sprawling 200-acre tech incubator located in the Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods.

CORTEXnow more than a decade oldwas formed by BJC Healthcare, the Missouri Botanical Garden and several local universities to act as an incubator for corporate research and claims to have created $350 million worth of investments and 2500 high-paying tech jobs.

McCaskill will be there at 2:30 p.m. to host a question-and-answer session with those in the technology sector to learn more about the opportunitiesand challengesthat lay ahead.

They’ll also discuss how to further advance the region’s status as an “epicenter of technology and innovation”, and how that can lead to more jobs for Missourians.

McCaskill’s visit will come at the tail end of an online webinar hosted by CORTEX that begins at 1 p.m. The webinar will focus on legal issues currently impacting not-for-profit agencies.

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