A&M Seeks Input on Security Center

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Texas A&M University will hold two public forums Tuesday, March 21 to receive input from students, faculty and staff, as well as local citizens regarding the university’s plans to explore the option of hosting a proposed multi-million dollar federal homeland security facility. The planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is expected to play a critical role in the nation’s defense against bioterrorism and emerging diseases.

The first forum will be held on the Texas A&M campus at 1:30 p.m. in Room 301 of Rudder Tower. The second forum is set for 6 p.m. at the Brazos Center in Bryan.

“Community support is a key factor in the university’s effort to attract such an important and prestigious scientific research facility to our thriving community and the two forums provide an excellent opportunity to discuss its potential impact on the Bryan-College Station area, the state and nation,” said Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates.

“In addition to providing important research for the health and safety of our nation, the facility’s potential local economic impact would be significant with the initial federal grant for construction of $450 million,” Gates said.