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Perdue Announces Middle List For ERS and NIFA Relocation
Indiana Ag Connection - 03/13/2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Tuesday announced the initial down-select list of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become the new homes of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). USDA is following a rigorous site selection process to identify the new locations with involvement from USDA, ERS, and NIFA leadership.

"The announcement of this middle list shows that we are committed to the important missions of these agencies and transparency in our selection process. USDA will make the best choice for our employees and customers," Perdue said. "Relocation will help ensure that 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."

For this initial down-select, USDA applied a set of guiding principles against the Expressions of Interest locations including USDA travel requirements, labor force statistics, work hours most compatible with all USDA office schedules. Sixty-seven Expressions of Interest remain under consideration.

The complete list of Expressions of Interest still under consideration includes:

- Alabama, Birmingham and Shelby County

- Arkansas, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

- Arizona, Tempe

- Colorado, Aurora and 3 sites around the Denver area

- Deleware, Newark

- Florida, Tallahassee

- Georgia, Athens and Clarke County, and Griffin Spalding County

- Iowa, Ames, 2 sites in the Ankeny area, Des Moines and Council Bluffs

- Illinois, Algonquin, Barrington, Des Plaines, DuPage County, Huntley, Kane County, Orland Park, Schaumburg and Warrenville

- Indiana, Indiana Economic Development Corporation; AgriNovus Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Purdue University

- Kansas and Missouri, 3 sites in the greater Kansas City region

- Louisiana, Baton Rouge

- Maryland, Montgomery County and College Park

- Michigan, East Lansing

- Minnesota, Falcon Heights, Minneapolis and Shakopee

- Missouri, St. Louis

= North Carolina, Kannapolis, Chapel Hill and Research Triangle Region

- Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha

- New York, Greater Rochester

- Ohio, Akron, Geauga County, Middlefield Village, Twinsburg, Streetsboro and Portage County

- Pennsylvania, Hanover Township

- South Carolina, Columbia

- Tennessee, Knoxville and Memphis

- Texas, San Marcos, College Station and Dallas

- Utah, Tooele County

- Virginia, Charlottesville, Greene County, Madison County, 2 sites in Caroline County, Petersburg, Richmond and Roanoke

- Wisconsin, Madison

Questions regarding the USDA site selection process should be directed to relocation@usda.gov.

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