Secretary Perdue Announces Middle List For ERS and NIFA Relocation

ERS/NIFA Relocation Middle List
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United States Department of Agriculture

Press Release

(Washington, D.C., March 12, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the initial down-select list of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 statesvying 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.

State Location Applicant(s)
AL Birmingham City of Birmingham; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Auburn University; Tuskegee University; Alabama A&M University; Economic Development Association of Alabama
AL Shelby County 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
AR Arkansas Arkansas Economic Development Commission
AZ Tempe Arizona Commerce Authority; Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Agriculture
CO Aurora Aurora Economic Development Council
CO Denver Cottonwood Management Company
CO Denver Forest City Trust
CO Denver Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
DE Newark University of Delaware
FL Tallahassee Tallahassee-Leon County
GA Athens-Clarke County Athens-Clarke County Development Authority and Nichols Land & Investment Company and Georgia Department of Economic Development
GA Griffin Spalding County Griffin-Spalding Development Authority, Rooker, UGA and Georgia Department of Economic Development
IA Ames City of Ames and Iowa State University
IA Ankeny City of Ankeny/ Greater Des Moines Partnership, Cultivation Corridor, and the Iowa Economic Development Authority
IA Ankeny DRA Properties
IA Des Moines City of Des Moines; Greater Des Moines Partnership
IA Council Bluffs Advance Southwest Iowa Corporation; City of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County
IL Algonquin Village of Algonquin
IL Barrington Village of Barrington; Bourns Inc
IL Des Plaines City of Des Plaines
IL DuPage County Economic Development Agency for DuPage County, Illinois
IL Huntley Village of Huntley
IL Kane County Kane County
IL Orland Park Orland Park, State of Illinois, Will County, Illinois Intersect and the Will County Center for Economic Development
IL Schaumburg Village of Schaumburg
IL Warrenville NAI Hiffman
IN Multiple Indiana Economic Development Corporation; AgriNovus Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Purdue University
KS and MO Kansas City HPI Group
KS and MO Kansas City 805 Penn
KS and MO Greater Kansas City Region The Kansas City Area Development Council
LA Baton Rouge 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
MD Montgomery County Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
MD College Park University of Maryland College Park
MI East Lansing 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
MN Falcon Heights Buhl Investors
MN Minneapolis University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (GREATER MSP), and the Minnesota Food and Agriculture Initiative
MN Shakopee The Opus Group
MO St. Louis 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
NC Kannapolis The North Carolina Research Campus; the city of Kannapolis, Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, and the state of North Carolina
NC Chapel Hill State Employee Credit Union
NC Research Triangle Region Wake County, Durham County and Research Triangle Park
NE Lincoln 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
NE Omaha SPW Partners G and S and CBRE MEGA
NY Greater Rochester 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.
OH Akron County of Summit
OH Geauga County Geauga County Department of Development
OH Middlefield Village Village of Middlefield
OH Twinsburg City of Twinsburg
OH Streetsboro City of Streetsboro
OH Portage County Brimfield Township
PA Hanover Township Private Citizen
SC Columbia State of South Carolina (including; South Carolina Department of Commerce, Clemson University, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, and Richland County’s Economic Development Office)
TN Knoxville 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)
TN Memphis Agricenter International
TX San Marcos Greater San Marcos Partnership; San Marcos, Hays County and Texas State University
TX College Station Texas A&M AgriLife Research
TX Dallas HPI Group
UT Tooele County Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Tooele County, Tooele City, Utah State University, and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah
VA Charlottesville University of Virginia Foundation
VA Greene County County of Greene; Central Virginia Partnership in Economic Development; Virginia Economic Development Partnership; Fried Companies, Inc; Jones Lang LaSalle
VA Madison County Madison County; The Lester Group
VA Caroline County Thompson (Richmond)
VA Caroline County Caroline County Department of Economic Development
VA Petersburg Virginia State University and the Petersburg metropolitan region
VA Richmond The Riverstone Group, LLC
VA Roanoke Roanoke Regional Partnership
WI Madison 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