Purdue, State of Indiana lose bid for USDA research facility

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Indiana was one of the final three locations out of nearly 140 other bids in 35 states.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 11:30 AM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:38 AM

WASHINGTON D.C. (WLFI) — Purdue University will not be the site for the United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday the USDA facilities will move from Washington D.C. to Kansas City.

Purdue, the State of Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation were all listed in the application. Indiana was one of the final three locations out of nearly 140 other bids in 35 states.

The USDA announced in August it wanted to move from Washington to retain qualified staff, get resouces closer to stakeholders and to benefit taxpayers.

Gov. Eric Holcomb released the following statement.

“I am extremely proud of Indiana’s efforts to pursue USDA’s headquarter divisions. Our economic development teams worked around the clock with key partners to create a superior proposal and coordinated our efforts with leaders throughout the state. Indiana landing in the USDA’s top three showed the nation that once again Indiana is an ideal destination and thriving community for agriculture. We will continue positioning ourselves for further growth and momentum, ensuring we are the very best place to live, work and play.”

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