COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The U.S. Air Force announced Thursday that Colorado Springs is a top six finalist for the permanent headquarters of U.S. Space Command.
Mayor John Suthers praised the announcement and thanked the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Commission for continuing their work in the bid process.
“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," Suthers said.
City officials say Colorado Springs already has the necessary infrastructure to house U.S. Space Command. Suthers also says much of the USSPACECOM's employees will be trained at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
“We’re thrilled that Colorado Springs has advanced in the process,” said Reggie Ash, the chief defense development officer for COS Chamber & EDC. "Colorado Springs is the center of gravity of national security space; and we have the military assets, infrastructure, and professional space workforce to support the breadth of U.S. Space Command’s operations.”
The remaining five contenders include JB San Antonio, Ouffut AFB, Huntsville, Kirtland AFB, and Cape Canaveral.
Before a final decision, the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Commission would need to fill out an additional detailed questionnaire, hold a site visit, and complete a virtual presentation with Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, highlighting the assets and qualities of the Springs.
A final decision is expected in early 2021. About 40 communities requested to be considered for the headquarters.