Archive for Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Biolab won’t be in Leavenworth

July 11, 2007

Leavenworth County's bid to be the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility has fallen short, but another Kansas site is on the list of five finalists.

The Department of Homeland Security today announced that a site in Manhattan, Kansas, is on a list of five finalist locations to host the new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, a $500-million, state-of-the-art laboratory devoted to researching human and animal health in the interest of America's national security.

"Kansas has so much to celebrate with the decision to include Manhattan in the list of sites still under consideration," said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. "While both Leavenworth and Manhattan had excellent qualifications, there is no mistaking the big win for Kansas. There is still much work to be done, but our state can be proud that we are considered one of the premier centers of biological and agricultural research, businesses and education. The merits are on our side."

U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, whose district includes both Leavenworth and Manhattan, said today's announcement dramatically increasing the odds that Manhattan will ultimately serve as lab's home.

"I'm thrilled that Kansas remains a strong contender to host the NBAF facility. Not only would Manhattan's scientific resources prove invaluable to NBAF, but the facility would tremendously benefit Kansas. Its construction would pump half a billion dollars into our local economy, enhance our state's reputation for excellence in bioscience research, and most importantly, allow Kansans to lead the way in modernizing America's biodefense capabilities."

The Associated Press reported federal officials also have chosen sites in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and North Carolina as finalists.

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