National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency locations up for discussion

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The future home for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency currently located in Soulard will be up for discussion this week.

There will be three meetings over the next three days. Today’s meeting will be in north St. Louis. The agency commonly known as the NGA is important when it comes to gathering intelligence for all kinds of projects including top secret ones. The first of three open houses will happen Tuesday at the St. Louis Gateway Classic Foundation building on Dr. Martin Luther King.  At issue, where will the NGA be in the future.

There are four potential locations being considered.  One in Fenton at the old Chrysler plant, another in Mehlville on Tesson Ferry, a third in north St. Louis near Cass and Jefferson and a fourth in St. Clair County along I-64 adjacent to Scott Air Force Base.

Agency officials say the current facility is outdated with some of the structures dating back to the 1800`s. 3,000 people work in the facility which helps to provide critical intelligence in areas including national security. In fact, workers at the St. Louis office helped with details that played a role in tracking down and killing Osama Bin Laden. The information provided in part by workers in the St. Louis NGA office helped to build a scale model of the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was located.

Besides the open house today, there will be another one tomorrow in O`Fallon, Illinois and then a third one Thursday in Crestwood. All of the open houses will run from 4-6pm. This is all part of an environmental impact study on the potential new sites. A move for the agency isn’t expected until 2021.

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