NGA promises to build St. Louis businesses, too
By Jacob Barker
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Four years ago, houses still dotted the streets near Cass and Jefferson avenues, the remnants of a neighborhood that had seen residents leave and investment dwindle for decades.
On Tuesday, top federal intelligence and military officials gathered here, now a cleared 97-acre site, and promised to pour $1.7 billion into a new campus for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, hopeful that the 3,000-plus NGA jobs will draw even more private investment to the near north side.
Intelligence officials see the opportunity for innovative design that allows them to better collaborate with the private sector, developing new ways to analyze mapping data.
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