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Texas Bio and Agro-Defense Consortium promoting San Antonio as the site selection from the 12 cities for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
A multi-billion dollar Department of Homeland Security Lab 500,000 sq. ft. high containment research building $500,000,000 construction cost Several hundred scientific jobs 30 acres Animal, plant, human disease threats NBAF
Working on behalf of the San Antonio/South Texas Community Texas Research and Technology Foundation Brooks Development Authority Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research UT Health Science Center at San Antonio University of Texas at San Antonio Many community partners/supporters TBAC
March 31, 2006 29 “Expressions of Interest” August 9, 2006 14 Sites for further review CA, GA, KS, KY, MD, MS, MO, NC, OK, WI Texas A&M 3 San Antonio sites February 16, 2007 – Additional information submitted Site visits in Spring 2007 June 2007 down select for Environmental Impact Statement 2008 One site selected NBAF Site Selection
Research Capabilities Work Force Acquisition/Construction/Operations Community Acceptance NBAF Site Selection Criteria
Existing comprehensive research community (veterinary, medical, public health, agriculture) Proximity to skilled research/technical staff and training programs Title to 30 acres deeded at no cost to Federal government In-kind contributions, infrastructure upgrades offered to DHS Offering consortium and others in proximity assist DHS with EIS Offering consortium demonstrates local and national agriculture stakeholders support for NBAF site DHS Strong Preference Criteria
Gathering information Writing teams Broadening community awareness/support Financial support Advisory groups Texas A&M Texas political support Prepare for site visit Potential mini-EIS Letters of support Tasks/Strategies
Research Environment, Examples of formal exchange between veterinary, agricultural, and public health communities Vaccine industry capabilities, agricultural research programs and existing animal disease research programs Data on scientists who are acknowledged leaders in medical/veterinary/agri research relevant to NBAF In-kind contributions utility provisions and/or upgrades and sources of funds Extent to which your consortium will be able to assist DHS in EIS process, coordinating community outreach meetings, educating the public Demonstrate support and engagement from affected agriculture stakeholder community. Short and long-term plans local, state, national agri community Consortium’s short and long-term plans to coordinate community outreach and advocacy for the NBAF project.