The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has reportedly chosen to remain in St. Louis and not move to St. Clair County, Illinois. The NGA decision means a significant financial investment for the city of St. Louis and the retention of around 31-hundred jobs. The director of the NGA is expected to make the formal announcement today.
St. Louis city officials say they were notified of the decision Thursday evening that the spy-agency would be moving to a current vacant tract of land in the financially struggling northwest portion of the city. It is currently housed in south St. Louis. The NGA provides intelligence and mapping services for the U.S. Department of Defense. Illinois officials were pushing for the NGA to move across the river to a large vacant piece of property near Scott Air Force Base.