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
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.