John Wagner, Ph.D.

Bi-State Development Research Institute

    As Director of the Bi-State Development Research Institute, Dr. Wagner works
    with St. Louis area communities and local, regional and national partner
    organizations in support of the Institute’s mission to study, plan and evaluate
    regional public policy, land use, economic development and the economic
    impact of regional infrastructure improvements and investment.

    John is also exploring the “future of mobility” in our communities, such as the
    impact of autonomous vehicles and the effect of ride-sharing programs on
    public transit.

    The Bi-State Development Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
    corporation under the organizational umbrella of Bi-State Development, a
    regional development authority chartered by Congress as an Interstate
    Compact in 1949 between Missouri and Illinois, and signed into law by
    President Harry S. Truman in 1950. The Institute serves the St. Louis region,
    including the City of St. Louis, St. Charles, St. Louis and Jefferson Counties in
    Missouri and Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois.

    Prior to becoming Director of the Bi-State Development Research Institute
    in July 2016, Dr. Wagner served for three years as a Project Manager for
    Economic Development at Bi-State Development. Before that, he was the
    Community Policy Director at FOCUS St. Louis from 2008 to 2012. He has
    also worked in the St. Louis region as an urban planner from 2000 to 2008,
    in both the public and private sectors.

    From 1989 to 2000, John worked as an environmental chemist in laboratories
    throughout the country, testing various substances for pollutants such as
    dioxin and PCB’s, among others.

    Dr. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science from
    Purdue University, a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas,
    and a doctorate in Public Policy from Saint Louis University.