Manhattan is included in the final round of possible places for new National Bio and Agro Defense Facility.
The Department of Homeland Security narrowed the possible sites
from 17 to five. The other finalists are in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia.
Leavenworth also had been in the running.
Sen. Pat Roberts says Kansas has a lot to celebrate with the decision to include Manhattan in the list of sites still under consideration.
The next step in the site selection process will be an environmental impact study, which is expected to be done next year.
After the studies are done, Homeland Security will choose the final site.
Construction is set to begin in 2010.
The new plant would replace the aging Plum Island, N.Y., facility, the federal government's most secure location for animal disease research.