Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2007

Gilstrap joins task force

February 22, 2007

Sen. Mark Gilstrap, D-Kansas City, Kan., has been appointed to the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility Task Force, Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, announced this week.

Members of the task force will lead the effort to bring a planned $451 million, 500,000 square foot bio- and agro-defense facility to Kansas.

Two sites in Kansas, Manhattan and Leaven-worth, are currently under consideration by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The task force will coordinate community outreach and advocacy and serve as a vocal point for public input on proposals. It will also assist in the preparation of an environmental impact statement on the proposed sites.

"This center would create highly-skilled jobs and would put Leavenworth at the forefront of bioscience research," Gilstrap said. "The efforts made by this task force will be crucial to bringing the facility to our state."

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