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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Competition for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is heating up.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is going to Washington D.C. Thursday to meet with Missouri congressional leaders about the city’s proposed location for the spy agency.

Meanwhile local pastors are praying that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will build its new facility in North St. Louis.

In an effort to help St. Louis secure the site for the prominent spy agency, the clergy coalition has launched an online petition to keep the $1.6 billion project in the City of St. Louis.

Mayor Slay will meet with Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman William Lacy Clay to discuss a strategy to win the competition.

That would keep the prominent federal agency, which employees more than 3,000 people with high paying jobs in the Gateway City.

Three other locations, including a wide open field near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County are also being considered as the new home for the agency.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin wrote a letter to decision makers saying, "Locating it in close proximity to Scott Air Force Base best supports NGA's mission and organizational efficiency, while providing tremendous certainty and value to the taxpayer".