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Gov. Kelly working to bring U.S. Space Command headquarters to Kansas

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 12:48:51-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wants the state to be the home of the U.S. Space Command and is working to make it happen, she announced Friday.

The governor said four Kansas communities including, Kansas City, Wichita, Leavenworth and Derby, submitted proposals to become headquarters of the U.S. Space Command, which is responsible for military operations in outer space.

"Our strong teams of state and local economic development professionals have the tools available for the attraction, growth, and retention of the U.S. Space Command headquarters. Kansas is the perfect place for this facility, and we are prepared to do the work to get it here," Kelly said in a statement. "We look forward to further discussion with the U.S. Air Force as it works toward a decision on the U.S. Space Command headquarters’ location.”

The four proposals submitted each address a number of topics, including facility space requirements, workforce needs, proximity to a military installation, and other vital elements.

Kelly said the four communities are in a "National Security Crossroad," which would "allow U.S. Space Command to quickly leverage this critical national security infrastructure and skills in establishing its permanent headquarters in Kansas."