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Key Points on NGA Status Update


April 11, 2016 • Arch Grant News

On March 31, NGA Director Roberto Cardillo announced the north St. Louis site as its preferred location for its much anticipated move. Although St. Louis was announced as the preferred location, the deal is not yet done. Now begins a public comment period through April 16. This is the next step in the process of bringing the NGA to north St. Louis. This vitally important project will bring 6,000 new construction jobs to the City of St. Louis; it will retain 3,100 jobs, and will result in $1.6 billion dollars invested in the near North Side. To read the full analysis of the various sites under consideration by the NGA CLICK HERE.

In the statement announcing St. Louis as the NGA’s preferred option, Director Cardillo stated, “The St. Louis 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.”

Key points from the NGA’s analysis are below:
  • From an industry partner perspective, St. Louis is receiving national attention in its success as a city for technology industry startups. 
  • The relationships NGA has established with the TREX incubator in downtown St. Louis and the firms in the CORTEX Innovation Community in midtown are promising in terms of future technology supporting GEOINT. 
  • NGA currently enjoys strong relationships with Washington University and St. Louis University, both located in the City of St. Louis. 
  • Proximity to Lambert International Airport also was considered as an advantage to the St. Louis City Site.