April 19, 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) filed comments yesterday supporting the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s selection of North St. Louis as the preferred site for its new NGA West headquarters.
“The NGA made the right decision in keeping the NGA West headquarters, and its more than 3,000 dedicated personnel, in St. Louis,” Blunt said. “I’m glad that the NGA recognized the numerous advantages the city provides over the alternative sites, and look forward to working with the agency, Mayor Slay, and local leaders to move this project forward.”
In the letter, Blunt and McCaskill note that “the St. Louis City site will allow the NGA to recruit the next generation of highly-skilled intelligence professionals seeking the type of urban, car-optional lifestyle the city provides. In addition, the St. Louis City site provides unparalleled access to graduate school opportunities and high-tech neighbors, is a designated Promise Zone, and is convenient to Lambert Airport and the NGA’s other facility in Arnold, Missouri.”
McCaskill continued, “NGA leadership and the Administration listened to our bipartisan arguments for the benefits of the unparalleled infrastructure, experience, and the skilled workforce Missouri provides to continue the NGA’s critical mission of protecting our national security. The agency’s decision to keep its more than 3,000 employees in Missouri is excellent news for its talented workforce, and for the entire St. Louis region—and I’m eager to continue working with them to get moving on this project.”
The full text of Blunt and McCaskill’s comment letter is available here.
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, which provides funding for land acquisition, design, and planning for the new NGA facility.
In March of 2015, Blunt and McCaskill sent a letter to NGA Director Robert Cardillo urging the NGA to keep its facility and its critical mission in Missouri.