Gov. Perry: Texas Is One Step Closer to Becoming Home Of National Biological and Agro-Defense Facility
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement upon learning that Texas Research Park in San Antonio, promoted by Texas Biological and Agro-Defense Consortium, was selected as one of five finalists for the site of the National Biological and Agro-Defense Facility. This $500 million federal program will address biological and agricultural national security risks.
"As a leader in homeland security efforts, and a state rich in diversified technology and resources, Texas is one step closer to becoming the home of the national site for leading bio-terrorism and agricultural defense research," Gov. Perry said. "This is great news for Texas and San Antonio, which could soon become the site of national security research efforts that protects our country against bio and agro-terrorism."
The other four finalists in the running are in Kansas, Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi. The new laboratory site selection is a joint project by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal government is expected to reach its final decision by early 2008.