New Orleans is making an aggressive pitch to lure a Kansas City U.S. Marine Corps information technology data center facility to its Federal City campus in Algiers.
The Marine Corps is reportedly considering whether to keep the center in Kansas City or move it to one of four other sites under consideration.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas Mayor and the governors of Missouri and Kansas are making a big push to retain the data center, which employs about 400 workers with an average salary of $90,000. The majority of the facility’s employees are private citizens, not uniformed Marines, although many have ties to the Marines. They design, program and maintain the online payment system that pays Marines around the world, and handles other financial functions.
A decision by the Marines on a permanent facility is expected later this year.