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Government Intelligence Agency Looking for New Home

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a secret group that mapped out Osama bin Laden’s hiding place, has more than 3,000 workers in the St. Louis-area.

But it’s looking for a new home.

Congressman Lacy Clay says he believes they won’t just stay in the regionthey’ll stay in the city, too.

“We know that they have been here for a number of years, that they are happy with the city of St. Louis as their home base, and I think they will continue to remain in the city of St. Louis,” he says.

The agency, current based at a site near Soulard, needs more space for a modern facility.

“This is not just any ordinary office building that can go anywhere,” says the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford. “This is a spy agency that has some extraordinary security issues, and we’re going to have to be able to have a location in the city that can meet all of their needs, including a very large footprint.”

The agency is scouting locations in St. Louis, including Illinois.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed raised suspicions when he tweeted that the feds could close the facility, and that it would cost the city $4 million.

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