Governor announces effort to have Kansas selected as site for U.S. Space Command headquarters

By the Associated Press and KFDI News:

Four Kansas cities have submitted proposals for the new U.S. Space Command headquarters.

The governor’s office said Friday that Wichita, Derby, Leavenworth and Kansas City, Kansas, responded to requests from the federal government with proposed development sites in their communities.

Governor Laura Kelly says she has directed her Cabinet to use all resources necessary to support the selection of Kansas as the headquarters for U.S. Space Command, which is responsible for military operations in outer space.

The communities are within an area called the National Security Crossroads, a bi-state region with unique national security assets and talent.   The proposals submitted by Wichita and the other cities address facility space requirements, workforce needs, proximity to a military installation, and other elements that would be needed for a Space Command headquarters.

Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland said in a press release that Kansas is the best place in the nation for the headquarters, because of its central location, talented and educated workforce, existing military infrastructure and a network of higher education institutions across the state.