NGA makes it official: New HQ will stay in St. Louis

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ST LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- After a lengthy process that ultimately pitted civic leaders on both sides of the St Louis bi-state region against each other, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced Thursday a final decision to locate its new Western Headquarters in North St. Louis, according to our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The agency previously announced the North St. Louis site, 99 acres at the corner of North Jefferson and Cass Avenues, as the preferred site over land adjacent to Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County.  When that announcement was made in March, NGA Director Robert Cardillo said St. Louis’ site provides the agency with “the most technological, academic, and professional environment for 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 decision angered St. Clair County leaders and members of the Illinois congressional delegation, who have all continued to make the case to have the initial decision overturned, saying the St. Clair site would be more secure and would better serve Scott Air Force Base, a major agency client.

The new location will replace the existing NGA facility in South St. Louis near the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and means more than three thousand jobs will stay in the city, along with new construction jobs needed to complete the $1.6 billion dollar project.