The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency officially announced on March 31 that it has chosen St. Louis as the preferred site for its $1.75 billion expansion. The expansion means more than 3,000 jobs will be retained in the region. Missouri’s workforce and strength of our higher education resources in the region were cited by NGA director Robert Cardillo in his statement about the decision to stay and expand in St. Louis.
“After careful consideration of all of the available information, I have determined that the St. Louis City site is the agency’s preferred alternative,” director Cardillo said in a statement. “The St. Louis City site provides NGA with the most technological, academic and professional environment for this agency to develop the capabilities and solutions necessary to solve the hardest intelligence and national security problems entrusted to us by the American people.”
The victory is a result of diligent work by state and local leaders to make the case for St. Louis.
The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry was strong proponent of keeping the NGA in the state.
For more information, read these press reports about the expansion: