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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

State leaders rally to keep NGA facility in St. Louis city

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State leaders rally to keep NGA facility in St. Louis city

State and local leaders are hoping to keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facility in the city of St. Louis. The NGA held a public meeting Thursday evening for the four sites competing to house the new $1.6 billion replacement facility. Governor Jay Nixon said there are three strong reasons why the city should retain […]

State and local leaders are hoping to keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facility in the city of St. Louis. The NGA held a public meeting Thursday evening for the four sites competing to house the new $1.6 billion replacement facility. Governor Jay Nixon said there are three strong reasons why the city should retain the site.

  1. “NGA was not always the size it is,” Nixon said. “It has not always been the asset it’s been, but the city of St. Louis has played an important role.”
  2. Gov. Nixon said this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve the site of the Pruitt–Igoe housing complex. “It was a significant mistake made by the federal government,” he said. “We have the chance to—in one fell swoop—solve what’s been a very vexing development problem.”
  3. Gov. Nixon also said this site has the closest access to the necessary amenities. “Both the professional amenities. The universities. The entertainment amenities of Bush Stadium, the parks, the trails and all that sort of stuff,” he said. “This is clearly the best site.”

 

The three other sites competing for the facility include two St. Louis County sites—Fenton and Mehlville—and a site located near Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

The public comment period continues until Nov. 23. To send a public comment, email nextngawest@usace.army.mil.

 

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