Newberry seeks to house two USDA agencies

NEWBERRY, Fla., (WCJB) --- The city of Newberry is one of 136 cities across the country that have expressed interest in becoming the home of two USDA departments. Newberry is the only city in the state of Florida to apply.

"Bringing USDA to Newberry would have a regional impact on the entire North Central Florida. It brings over 600 high-quality jobs, but most importantly for my town, agriculture is and always has been the heart of Newberry. And bringing the USDA to Newberry would be the perfect marriage," said Jordan Marlowe, Newberry Mayor.

Marlowe is hoping that the state of Florida rallies to support Newberry.

“I think this is a great opportunity for all of our elected officials and our community to come together, this is exciting,” said Chuck Clemons, District #21 State Rep.

Marlowe believes Newberry is the best place to house the departments because he believes the city has a lot to offer, both the agency and its employees.

"We have lots of affordable land, lots of affordable housing, we have no state income tax, and we have perfect weather, “ stated Mayor Marlowe.

According to Marlowe, the land east of the former Canterbury Equestrian Show Place could be the potential site. The same spot is also the proposed site for the AG Tech Park, which Marlowe believes would be the perfect situation.