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NGA proposed site in North St. Louis City
Proposed 99-acre site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in North St. Louis City. Graphic courtesy St. Louis Mayor's Office

NGA Announces Decision to Keep Western Headquarters in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 31, 2016 - "This is a great day for St. Louis and a shining example of what is possible when Missourians work together across regional and party lines for the good of their communities," Governor Jay Nixon said in a statement.

The NGA's decision is a testament to the city's innovative workforce and infrastructure, and the tireless leadership of Mayor Slay, our entire congressional delegation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the many other business and civic leaders who were involved in this effort. I also want to thank members of the Missouri General Assembly for passing legislation last year to support the development of the north St. Louis site and pave the way for this transformational investment in the region's future," stated the Governor.

In a press conference at City Hall, Mayor Francis G. Slay was excited to make the announcement that National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency had declared the City of St. Louis as the preferred site for new $1.75 billion facility.

"The NGA has called St. Louis home for the past 72 years, and I am thrilled that Director Cardillo has indicated that the Agency and its 3,100 employees very likely will continue to do so well into the future," stated Mayor Slay.

The Mayor noted that coming next will be a number of community meetings and a formal record of decision before May 30.

"BUilding this headquarters where we have proposed it would change the game in the heart of the city, reverse decades of disinvestment in a neighborhood and it would be built adjacent to the old Puitt-Igoe site. It would be righting the wrongs of a failed Federal policy from decades in the past."

Mayor Slay stated that "This is really a big deal and it's a win for the City." He added that the Federal designation was important because this was an area that the United States wanted to focus on when making investments and growing jobs.

Mayor Slay acknowledged that there is a comment period until April 16. "I'm sure that St. Claire County will continue to lobby for the site in Illinois near Scott Air Force Base. We will also be engaged in the comment period as well, reinforcing all the things we've been talking about to demonstrate that this is the right place."

The NGA is expected to begin building a $1.75 billion facility in 2017 to move its 3,100 employees.


NGA Press Conference at St. Louis City Hall
In a press conference, Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, and other state and local officials joined St. Louis Mayor Slay to publicly announce the plan to deliver a 99-acre site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at no cost.

St. Louis Steps Up Proposal for New NGA Headquarters
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 7, 2016 - Federal and State leaders joined Mayor Francis Slay to announce the City's ability to deliver a 99-acre site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at no cost.

"We know that a new NGA facility in North St. Louis will catalyze an entire community," Mayor Francis Slay said in the press conference.

"Jobs, economic investment, and the ability of the project to transform the neighborhoods near the old Pruitt-Igoe site will continue the revitalization we are seeing in other parts of the region's urban core. Not only is the NGA good for St. Louis, but St. Louis is good for the NGA. From our proximity to current employees and the next generation NGA workforce, to a ready-to-go construction force and our connection to the type of high-tech facilities on which our national security will rely in the future, St. Louis has built a strong case for locating the NGA West campus here in the City," stated the Mayor.

When the St. Louis Development Corporation is successful in its efforts to retain the NGA, the State of Missouri, through the Department of Economic Development, has agreed to make available up to $95 million in Tax Incremental Financing and approximately $36 million in Brownfield Tax Credits. This $131 million commitment by the state, in addition to a $1.5 million annual commitment for up to 30 years by the City of St. Louis, will cover:

  • Site acquisition, site preparation, and utility relocation and improvements;
  • A full highway interchange at Jefferson Avenue and I-64/Hwy 40;
  • Enhancements to N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues;
  • Delivering the land to the NGA at no cost.
Additionally, the City is working with Metro to adjust its current and planned rail and bus networks to connect NGA to the transit system as strongly as possible.

"Locating NGA within an urban setting is the only environmentally responsible solution that also promotes environmental and social justice, as well as economic equality," Mayor Slay said. "We truly value and welcome NGA and their employees into the next great neighborhood of St. Louis. The many benefits to the future of both St. Louis and NGA are immeasurable, promising and exciting."

Governor Jay Nixon has been a steadfast supporter of keeping the NGA in St. Louis. Last year, Gov. Nixon signed into law House Bill 514 to help keep the NGA and its thousands of high-paying jobs in St. Louis. The legislation provides additional capacity in the State Supplemental Tax Increment Financing program so that this performance-based redevelopment program can accommodate the NGA project.

"This is a transformational opportunity for St. Louis - and for the NGA," Gov. Nixon said. "Locating its new state-of-the-art headquarters in the heart of St. Louis will give the NGA access to the talent, technology, amenities and infrastructure it needs to continue protecting our nation here at home and enhancing security around the globe. Today's announcement further strengthens the City's proposal and makes the NGA's choice even clearer. St. Louis is where the NGA has made its home for more than 70 years, and St. Louis is far and away the best place for the NGA to build a brighter, more secure future."

The NGA is expected to name its desired site on April 1, 2016, to move its 3,100 employees to a new $1.75 billion intelligence campus. As outlined in the final edition briefing book, the City of St. Louis is offering a well-connected, urban site at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues. The Next NGA West video also highlights how St. Louis will continue to help the NGA meet its mission, just as it has for the past 72 years.


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