The NGA is moving out of its current location and is expected to begin building a $1.75 billion facility in 2017 to move its 3,100 employees. The City of St. Louis location has offered a 99-acre urban site at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass Avenues to the NGA at no cost.
“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.
Gov. Nixon has been a steadfast supporter of keeping the NGA and its 3,100 employees in St. Louis. Last year, Gov. Nixon signed into law House Bill 514 to help keep the NGA and its thousands of high-paying jobs in St. Louis. The legislation provides additional capacity in the State Supplemental Tax Increment Financing program so that this performance-based redevelopment program can accommodate the NGA project.
Gov. Nixon also travelled to Washington, D.C. where he met with NGA Director Robert Cardillo, to convey the state’s full support of keeping the operation in St. Louis. In May of 2015, Gov. Nixon and Missouri Economic Development Director Mike Downing toured the existing NGA site in St. Louis and met with senior NGA officials including Deputy Chief of Staff Ed Donaldson and Program Director Susan Pollmann.
Gov. Nixon also spoke at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ public meeting in St. Louis, urging the NGA to keep its western headquarters in St. Louis.
The State of Missouri, through the Department of Economic Development, has agreed to make available up to $95 million in Tax Incremental Financing and approximately $36 million in Brownfield Tax Credits.
The new NGA site is also located within a federally-designated Promise Zone, which the Governor worked actively with state and local leaders to obtain.
Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments from April 1 to April 16. Following a review and assessment of the comments received, the NGA will issue a Record of Decision (ROD) no earlier than May 1, 2016.
Gov. Jay Nixon today released the following statement regarding the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency’s decision to build its new western headquarters in St. Louis:
“This is a great day for St. Louis and a shining example of what is possible when Missourians work together across regional and party lines for the good of their communities. The NGA’s decision is a testament to the city’s innovative workforce and infrastructure, and the tireless leadership of Mayor Slay, our entire congressional delegation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the many other business and civic leaders who were involved in this effort. I also want to thank members of the Missouri General Assembly for passing legislation last year to support the development of the north St. Louis site and pave the way for this transformational investment in the region’s future.”