Public meetings focus on the future of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - An environmental impact study is underway looking at four potential sites for a new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency facility in the St. Louis region.  Area citizens have been invited to three open houses to voice their opinions about the locations.  They can also file comments on line until January 19th.

The first meeting was held Tuesday afternoon at the Gateway Classic Foundation office in north St. Louis City.  St. Louis City Comptroller Darlene Green said city leaders are doing all they can to keep the agency's 3000 jobs inside the city limits. NGA is currently operating in outdated buildings in Soulard.

The agency uses a variety of tools to prepare intelligence information for the military and other government agencies.

There will be three meetings over the next three days. Today’s meeting was 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Agency officials say the current facility is outdated with some of the structures dating back to the 1800`s. 3,000 people work in the facility which helps to provide critical intelligence in areas including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.

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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