Kansas towns vying to be home for US Space Command

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IN SPACE – In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) on July 17, 2014, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this image of the Earth reflecting light from the sun whilst aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Gerst returned to earth on November 10, 2014 after spending six months on the International Space Station completing an extensive scientific programme, known as the ‘Blue Dot’ mission (after astronomer Carl Sagan’s description of Earth, as seen on a photograph taken by the Voyager probe from six billion kilometres away). (Photo by Alexander Gerst / ESA via Getty Images)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly says she is pushing to get the new U.S. Space Command headquarters in Kansas.

In a news release Friday morning, Kelly said Wichita and Derby, along with Leavenworth and Kansas City, Kan., have submitted proposals to become home for the headquarters.

The U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) is responsible for military operations in outer space.

The Kansas towns have responded to requests for information from the federal government with proposed development sites in their communities.

“I have directed my Cabinet to use all resources necessary to support the selection of Kansas as the headquarters for the U.S. Space Command,” Kelly said in a news release. “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. 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.” 

Officials said that the four towns are in the National Security Crossroads, a bi-state region with unique national security assets and talent.

This would allow U.S. Space Command to quickly leverage this critical national security infrastructure and skills in establishing its permanent headquarters in Kansas.

“There’s no question Kansas is the best place in the nation for the U.S. Space Command headquarters,” said Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland, in the same news release. “Our central location, talented and educated workforce, existing military infrastructure, the advanced network of higher education institutions across our state – the list of advantages is unmatched. I am confident that Kansas is the most strategic choice for the Space Command headquarters’ location, and we look forward to supporting these four outstanding Kansas cities throughout the process.”

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