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Source: USDA news release

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today 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 is below.

Listed are: Location, State and Applicant(s)

Birmingham, AL: City of Birmingham; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Auburn University; Tuskegee University; Alabama A&M University; Economic Development Association of Alabama

Shelby County, AL: City of Hoover, Shelby County, 58 INC. - The Nonprofit Economic Coalition of Shelby County, the Birmingham Business Alliance, Alabama Power Company, Harbert Realty Services, and Select Income REIT / RMR Group

Arkansas: Arkansas Economic Development Commission

Tempe, AZ: Arizona Commerce Authority; Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Agriculture

Aurora, CO: Aurora Economic Development Council

Denver, CO: Cottonwood Management Company, Forest City Trust, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Newark, DE: University of Delaware

Tallahassee, FL: Tallahassee-Leon County

Athens-Clarke County, GA: Athens-Clarke County Development Authority and Nichols Land & Investment Company and Georgia Department of Economic Development

Griffin Spalding County, GA: Griffin-Spalding Development Authority, Rooker, UGA and Georgia Department of Economic Development

Ames, IA: City of Ames and Iowa State University

Ankeny, IA: City of Ankeny/ Greater Des Moines Partnership, Cultivation Corridor, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, DRA Properties

Des Moines, IA: City of Des Moines; Greater Des Moines Partnership

Council Bluffs, IA: Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation; City of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County

Algonquin, IL: Village of Algonquin

Barrington, IL: Village of Barrington; Bourns Inc

Des Plaines, IL: City of Des Plaines

DuPage County, IL: Economic Development Agency for DuPage County, Illinois

Huntley, IL: Village of Huntley

Kane County, IL: Kane County

Orland Park, IL: Orland Park, State of Illinois, Will County, Illinois Intersect and the Will County Center for Economic Development

Schaumburg, IL: Village of Schaumburg

Warrenville, IL: NAI Hiffman

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

KS and MO: Kansas City, HPI Group, 805 Penn, Greater Kansas City Region, The Kansas City Area Development Council

Baton Rouge, LA: The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), along with partners Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF), Louisiana State University (LSU), and Southern University and & Mechanical College (SUAM) Agricultural

Montgomery County, MD: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

College Park, MD: University of Maryland College Park

East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, State of Michigan, Capital Region International Airport (LAN), Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Farm Bureau

Falcon Heights, MN: Buhl Investors

Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (GREATER MSP), and the Minnesota Food and Agriculture Initiative

Shakopee, MN: The Opus Group

St. Louis, MO: A consortium of regional leaders across six counties in Missouri and Illinois; State of Missouri and Missouri's Departments of Agriculture, Economic Development, and Workforce Development, as well as the Missouri Partnership

Kannapolis, NC: The North Carolina Research Campus; the city of Kannapolis, Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, and the state of North Carolina

Chapel Hill, NC; State Employee Credit Union

Research Triangle Region, NC: Wake County, Durham County and Research Triangle Park

Lincoln, NE: The Nebraska consortium, led by Governor Pete Ricketts and former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns and including the State of Nebraska, University of Nebraska system, City of Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and public and private business

Omaha, NE: SPW Partners G and S and CBRE MEGA

Greater Rochester, NY: FLX Food and Beverage Consortium is led by Greater Rochester Enterprise, a not-for-profit economic development organization. Members of the Consortium include Cornell University and the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the Cornell Agriculture and Technology Farm; Empire State Development; the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; the New York State Governor's Office; Rochester Institute of Technology; Tompkins County Area Development; the University of Rochester; and Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

Akron, OH: County of Summit

Geauga County, OH: Geauga County Department of Development

Middlefield Village, OH: Village of Middlefield

Twinsburg, OH: City of Twinsburg

Streetsboro, OH: City of Streetsboro

Portage County, OH: Brimfield Township

Hanover Township, PA: Private Citizen

Columbia, SC: State of South Carolina (including; South Carolina Department of Commerce, Clemson University, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and Richland County's Economic Development Office)

Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee, Knoxville/University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTK/UTIA); University of Tennessee, Martin (UTM); Tennessee State University (TSU); and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Memphis, TN: Agricenter International

San Marcos, TX: Greater San Marcos Partnership; San Marcos, Hays County and Texas State University

College Station, TX: Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Dallas, TX: HPI Group

Tooele County, UT: Governor's Office of Economic Development, Tooele County, Tooele City, Utah State University, and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah

Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Foundation

Greene County, VA: County of Greene; Central Virginia Partnership in Economic Development; Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Fried Companies, Inc; Jones Lang LaSalle

Madison County, VA: The Lester Group

Caroline County, VA: Thompson (Richmond)

Caroline County, VA: Caroline County Department of Economic Development

Petersburg, VA: Virginia State University and the Petersburg metropolitan region

Richmond, VA: The Riverstone Group, LLC

Roanoke, VA: Roanoke Regional Partnership

Madison, WI: City of Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of University Relations, University Research Park, State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and 910 Mayer, LLC

Questions regarding the USDA site selection process should be directed to

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