Sen. Moran: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Kansas

Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced on January 14, 2014 that the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility would be built in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Omnibus appropriations bill includes $404 million for the construction of the NBAF. The state of Kansas also contributed $202 million to the project which, once complete, is expected to have a $3.5 billion effect on the Kansas economy in its first 20 years of operation.

"For those who have questioned whether NBAF will be built in Kansas, the passage of this funding bill will provide a clear answer: yes," Moran said. "This investment means Kansas will become a research epicenter, and the construction of this modern, world-class facility will ultimately create jobs for Kansans in the fields of engineering, science and technology. The talented young men and women who grow up here will have more opportunities to work and live in Kansas."

The high-tech facility will be built adjacent to Kansas State University. It is expected to employ 326 permanent employee positions and support more than 750 construction jobs.

"As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have worked to make certain NBAF remains a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security, the administration and among Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle," Moran said. "Thanks to Governor Brownback, the Kansas legislature and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz for their leadership and support as this process continues."

The Omnibus appropriations bill is expected to be voted on in the Senate and House this week.