Montana State Innovation Campus hoping for two USDA Office headquarters

Posted at 3:38 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 18:20:53-04

BOZEMAN – The MSU Innovation Campus is hoping to bring the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Economic Research Service headquarters to Bozeman.

The Innovation campus plans to submit a letter of interest to the US Department of Agriculture after Secretary Purdue announced that he planned to relocate both headquarters outside of Washington DC.

The USDA hopes to find a location that offers a high quality of life, close to a university that offers intellectual capacity, and to an airport to provide transportation for workers. MSU Campus Executive Director, Justin Cooke says that not only does Bozeman meet those requirements, it would also give students many opportunities.

“For students, it gives them an opportunity to work with a major headquarters of USDA in the state of Montana. Agriculture is important, we have a school of agriculture, and those students could be involved potentially for an internship as well as employment opportunities.” MSU Innovation Campus Executive Director, Justin Cook said.

If the MSU Innovation Campus wins the bid it would relocate 600 government workers to Bozeman.

Reporting by Carson Vickroy for MTN News