Columbia Mo is in the running for a Level 4 research (germ) lab. It will be located in the SE part of the city. For those who don't know what Level 4 means, it's the most secure facility classification. This facility will be able to research the most dangerous viruses and bacteria known to man, such as anthrax and Ebola. There is an anti-lab website that tries to address the concerns of many Columbians. Most of these concerns stem from the proximity of the purposed site to schools, neighborhoods, and subdivisions.
Sites are usually chosen where there is less resistance to having them built. So the squeaky wheel usually doesn't get a lab.