Next NGA West In Your Community Newsletter

Hello Neighbors! This is Issue #4 of the Next NGA West In Your Community newsletter, with up-to-date information on this project and its impact on your community.

Project Update

With the land transfer from the City of St. Louis to the federal government now complete, you might be expecting major construction to begin shortly. There are still several milestones ahead–including the selection of the design-build team. The design-build firm will be the company that actually constructs the facility and will also be responsible for employing the construction workforce.

The two-phase design-build process began in 2017. In phase one, interested teams submitted information related to their specialized experience, technical competence, teaming arrangements or other information.

In phase two, three design-build teams were selected. We anticipate the final award of the design-build team in spring of 2019. After the award, several months of “behind the scenes” work will be needed to finalize construction planning.

Recently, NGA hired a local minority-owned small business to build temporary roads inside of the fence for use by the NGA Police. These roads allow the NGA Police to patrol the site until construction begins in late 2019. NGA Police and St. Louis Metropolitan Police are working in coordination to maintain site security.

New signs have been installed and NGA has removed the screen on the fence around the site. The fence will remain on the perimeter of the site.

Saint Louis University and NGA Present: Geospatial 101

What is Geospatial? How does it impact our lives?

Join Saint Louis University and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for an upcoming presentation in which experts will explain exactly what Geospatial is, explore just how important Geospatial is in our everyday lives and provide insights as to why NGA is investing $1.8 billion in St. Louis.

Geospatial 101

Geospatial 101: How Humans and Machines Work Together

Date and Time: March 18, 2019 (5:00-6:00 p.m.)

Location: Saint Louis University Campus (Learning Resource Center) 3544 Hickory Street, St. Louis, MO 63104

Free and open to the public (reservations necessary)

This presentation explores how machines and humans can work together to create a better world. What does our future look like and how will geospatial data and technologies change it for the better?

This presentation is free and open to the public with parking vouchers available.

Reserve your space today through the following link:

BUD Program Leads to Construction Careers

The Building Union Diversity (BUD) program—a five-to-eight-week apprenticeship, depending on the trade—is an excellent option for individuals interested in a construction career but aren’t sure what specific trade is the best fit for them. By participating in the BUD program, trainees gain a wide range of experiences and the ability to find a career path that matches their strengths and interests. Participants also get transportation assistance and are paid during the training.

The program is a partnership between the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, the Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council and the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council.

Since 2015, 142 people have graduated from the BUD program, and 85 percent of graduates are now employed in well-paid union careers.

To be eligible, participants in the BUD Program must:

      - Be 18 or older.
      - Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
      - Have been laid off or long-term unemployed.
      - Be able to pass a drug test.
      - Have access to a vehicle at program completion.

To graduate BUD, participants must pass the WorkKeys Assessment Level 5 Applied Math and Level 5 Workplace Document exams—prepare now by visiting the WorkKeys for Job Seekers website at where you can view sample questions, online practice tests and other helpful information.

For more information about the BUD program, please contact Program Director Russ Signorino at 314-303-6082 or

The print edition of this newsletter is also available. Click here to download.

It’s Official: City transfers Next NGA West property to federal ownership

Neighborhood and government representatives celebrate land transfer
Photo provided by: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The Next NGA West site was officially transferred from the City of St. Louis to the federal government Dec. 13. This event marks a major milestone in a large-scale effort to prepare the land for the N2W construction effort expected to begin in late 2019.

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NGA leads St. Louis Public Schools in geography tournament

St. Louis Public School students play GeoPlunge
Photo provided by: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

The National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency led 64 fourth- graders from three St. Louis elementary schools in the second annual GeoPlunge geography card game tournament in St. Louis on GIS Day, Nov. 14.

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