Approximately 400 guests, including state and local politicians, military leaders, residents, NGA employees, business representatives, and federal intelligence officials, attended the Nov. 26 groundbreaking ceremony for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) project.
The 1 million square foot, 100-acre, 3,100 initial jobs, $1.75-billion new western HQ for the NGA, at the heart of the 1,500-acre mixed-use NorthSide Regeneration Development in North St. Louis, is being touted in the national media as a signal of both St. Louis’ prospective emergence as a Global Geospatial-Intelligence Hub and as a nationally significant breakthrough in urban revitalization of the long-neglected and disinvested North St. Louis community.
“NGA Breaks Ground On Nearly $2 Billion Western Headquarters In North St. Louis.” | St. Louis Public Radio
The new NGA HQ and the surrounding 1,500-acre NorthSide Regeneration Development are adjacent to downtown St. Louis and are connected to Downtown via the several block-long “Gigabyte Corridor” along North Tucker Blvd — which includes the adaptive reuse now under construction at the former Post-Dispatch Building by Square Co-Founders Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, which will become home for 1,400 square workers, and The Globe Building, the 500,000 square foot high tech anchor.
“St. Louis Gigabyte Corridor” | 2019
The Globe Building has already attracted national and international geospatial-intelligence firms such as MAXAR and T-Kartor in recent months. Sweden-based T-Kartor has opened its North American HQ in The Globe Building.
Examples of national media coverage following the NGA HQ groundbreaking includes reporter John Jordan’s article in GlobeSt:.com:
“Construction Begins on $1.75B National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency HQ in St. Louis | GlobeSt. The NorthSide Regeneration is a 1,500-acre mixed-use development led by McKee and his real estate development company M Property Services to revitalize blighted North St. Louis City.”
St. Louis now has the opportunity to emulate the broad-based civic collaboration over the past 19+ years in its BioBelt Plant & Life Sciences Strategy, which now has advanced St. Louis to become one of the top biotech regions in the nation.
It’s time to join forces as a community to fulfill this immense new potential, just as we did back in 2000 in making St. Louis into a national BioBelt Plant & Life Sciences leader!
—– Dick Fleming, CEO, Community Development Ventures< Inc., CIC@4220, CORTEX Innovation Corridor