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New developments are planned in the vicinity of the proposed 99-acre site for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in North St. Louis City, at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues. Graphic courtesy St. Louis Mayor's Office

North St. Louis City Confirmed As New NGA West Site
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 2, 2016 - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has issued its Record of Decision, declaring the City of St. Louis as the location to build its new NGA West.

NGA Director Robert Cardillo confirmed the decision to Mayor Francis Slay in a meeting late this afternoon. Mayor Slay issued the following statement in response:

"I could not be more pleased with the plans Director Cardillo shared about the NGA's future in the City of St. Louis. I am certain that the construction of a state-of-the-art intelligence agency in north St. Louis will have an immense impact. The NGA has expressed its commitment to connecting with its new community, partnering with local schools, creating a campus seamlessly integrated with the neighborhood, and working with us on surrounding development.

We are very proud of the work the Agency and its 3,100 employees have done from our City for the past 72 years and now will continue to do so for decades to come. This decision is a victory for urban America. The many benefits to the future of both St. Louis and NGA are immeasurable, promising and exciting."

Gov. Jay Nixon also issued the following statement regarding the final decision by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to locate its new state-of-the-art western headquarters in St. Louis:

"This is a proud day for St. Louis and for the entire State of Missouri," said Gov. Nixon. "This was a tough, high-stakes competition, and St. Louis won decisively. Not only will Missouri remain home to one of our nation's most important intelligence agencies, but soon a new state-of-the-art facility will revitalize and transform a blighted area into a safe and vibrant neighborhood. Today's final decision by the NGA to stay and expand in St. Louis is a shining testament to this region's vitality, competitiveness, and its people - the hardest working, most innovative men and women in the world. I applaud St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the many public and private sector partners who contributed to this landmark achievement, as well as Robert Cardillo and his team at the NGA for making the right decision to stay and grow in our great state."

In March, Director Cardillo issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which outlined why the Agency preferred the City's site for building a 21st-century campus. Reasons include: environmental, cost and policy advantages; partnerships with universities and innovative, technology-based companies; the ability to recruit new talent based on the environment the City offers; and proximity to its data facilities and current and future workforce.

Now that the decision is final, the City invites the community to engage in the design for the future of the neighborhood and begin finalizing property acquisition, which includes physically moving one resident's home to a nearby lot. Project Connect action planning will begin on Monday, June 6, 2016.

The St. Louis Development Corporation is responsible for clearing the site to deliver to the NGA in late 2017. The City will hold an Industry Forum for members of the local construction trades on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.


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NGA Press Conference at St. Louis City Hall
In a press conference, Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon joined state and local officials including (L. to R.) Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, St. Louis Mayor Slay and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt at the mayor's office to celebrate the announcement that the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected St. Louis City as its preferred site for its new western headquarters.
City of St. Louis Is Preferred Site for New $1.75 Billion Facility
by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 1, 2016 - Governor Jay Nixon joined St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay and other federal, state and local officials to celebrate the announcement that the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected St. Louis City as its preferred site for its new western headquarters.

In a crowded press conference, Friday morning, at the Mayor's Office, the Governor was jubilent as he spoke about the future of St. Louis as a global hub of high-tech jobs and investment.

"The State of Missouri has committed up to $131 million to support the development of the new NGA-West - a smart investment that will pay huge returns for this city, this region, our state and our nation for generations to come," Gov. Nixon said.

"Construction of NGA's new state-of-the-art western headquarters will invest more than $1.7 billion, create thousands of jobs, and transform what are now blighted city blocks into a vibrant neighborhood, teeming with vitality and economic activity."

"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 talented employees very likely will continue to do so well into the future," Mayor Slay said enthusiastically.

"St. Louis is very proud of the work the NGA does from its home here in our City. The construction of a new state-of-the-art intelligence agency in north St. Louis would have an immense impact. This preliminary decision is a victory for urban America. The many benefits to the future of both St. Louis and NGA are immeasurable, promising and exciting," stated Mayor Slay.

In the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) outlined why the City's site is preferred for building a 21st-century campus.

He noted the environmental, cost and policy advantages; partnerships with universities and innovative, technology-based companies; the ability to recruit new talent based on the environment the City offers; and proximity to its data facilities and current and future workforce.

Building the new NGA West in the well-connected, 99-acre urban site at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues will change the game in the heart of the City and reverse decades of disinvestment in a neighborhood.

It will be built adjacent to the old Pruitt-Igoe housing projects, righting the wrongs of federal policy from decades' past. The NGA West also will sit squarely in a Promise Zone, near a Choice Neighborhood, and within a Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) City. Those federal designations are important to build resiliency and grow St. Louis.

"History has come full circle in North St. Louis," Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay said. "A great federal failure will now be replaced by a transformative federal success. The decision to select north St. Louis as the preferred site for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's new western facility is a $1.7 billion victory - the largest single federal investment in the history of the City of St. Louis."

The new campus will also put thousands of people to work building it. St. Louis's local Building Trades has offered up a robust plan to make sure that nearly 40 percent of all labor hours are performed by minorities, more than doubling the federal guidelines. More than half of those hours would be performed by City residents. Together with the Trades, the City will expand its innovative Building Union Diversity program, giving priority placement to residents who live in the City or in the Promise Zone, which also extends through north St. Louis County.

The Agency-preferred decision is not the final decision. The NGA will accept public comment on its choice until April 16, 2016. A final Record of Decision will be issued no earlier than May 1, 2016.

When a Formal Record is announced, the City will invite the community to engage in the design for the future of the neighborhood and begin finalizing property acquisition, which includes physically moving one resident's home to a nearby lot.


NGA Site in North St. Louis City
Community amenities envisioned for the former Puitt-Igoe site include a mix use with retail, restaurants, service business, office, housing choices and a connected network for all modes of transportation. Graphic courtesy St. Louis Mayor's Office

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