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USDA seeks new home for 620 federal jobs. Why not Orland Park?


Orland Park is vying to become the new home for 620 U.S. Department of Agriculture jobs that the federal government wants to relocate by the end of 2019.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week announced a list of 136 entities nationwide that have submitted “expressions of interest” in hosting the USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Purdue announced in August plans to relocate the agencies from Washington, D.C. Each agency needs about 80,000 square feet of office space. A decision on a new location is expected in January. Orland Park was among 13 applicants from Illinois…Please click here to read Ted Slowik’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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