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USDA Announces KC Region Among Top Three Finalists for Two Facilities

by Lexi Ryan | May 03, 2019

The Kansas City Area Development Council and its partners across the two-state region are proud to be chosen as one of three possible locations to become the new home of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The Kansas City area is home to more than 5,000 skilled USDA employees and contractors located throughout the KC region. The region is also home to more than a dozen USDA agency operations which have strong connections with industry partners across the two-state area. There are nearly 40,000 federal employees and a robust Federal Executive Board already in place in our region.

“This short list of locations took into consideration critical factors required to uphold the important missions of ERS and NIFA. We also considered factors important to our employees, such as quality of life,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “Relocation will help ensure USDA is the most effective, most efficient, and most customer-focused agency in the federal government, allowing us to be closer to our stakeholders and move our resources closer to our customers. Our commitment to the public and our employees is to continue to be transparent as we proceed with our analysis.” Read more.

These existing USDA operations are enhanced by the close proximity to research capabilities and industry led initiatives like the KC Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC).

The KC region’s bid has had broad unified support from federal and state officials in Kansas and Missouri.

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