COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Colorado Springs is currently home to the U.S. Space Command, and is now one of the finalists for the permanent location.
On Thursday, the Colorado Springs Chamber announced Peterson Air Force Base is on the shortlist that includes Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and bases in Florida, Nebraska, Alabama and Texas. On May 15, Peterson Air Force Base was notified that it would remain the provisional headquarters of USSPACECOM for at least six years.
“Colorado Springs is without question the ideal location to serve as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command considering our incredible quality of life, five military installations, significant existing talent base, and experience as a community that has long supported the U.S. Armed Forces. Along with these assets, we also already have the infrastructure to house this operation, and much of USSPACECOM’s future leadership will be trained right here at the U.S. Air Force Academy. I commend the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC on its tireless work in continuing this bid process, and look forward to the announcement in January,” says Mayor John Suthers.
USSPACECOM will employ approximately 1,400 space professionals. Funding for a new headquarters building will add between $500 million and $1 billion in MILCON, or military construction investment, to the community.
A final decision is expected in January.
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