March 31, 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement applauding the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s announcement that its new west headquarters will be built in North St. Louis. Since 2010, Blunt has helped lead efforts to ensure that the NGA West facility, and the thousands of jobs it supports, remain in Missouri.
“Director Robert Cardillo and the NGA made the right decision in selecting North St. Louis as the preferred site for the new NGA West campus. Missouri is home to more than 3,000 dedicated, highly-skilled NGA personnel who, for more than 70 years, have provided critical intelligence and combat support to keep Americans safe. The North St. Louis location will allow the NGA to continue its mission, and recruit the next generation of intelligence professionals seeking the type of urban, car-optional lifestyle the city provides. In addition, the North St. Louis 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, Mo. I’m glad the NGA recognized North St. Louis as the best location for the new west headquarters, and I look forward to continuing to work with the agency as the project moves forward. The leadership of Mayor Slay, Senator McCaskill, Congressman Clay, and leaders in Jefferson City has been essential and united. Our continued support during the comment period will be important.”
In March, Blunt joined St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, and Governor Jay Nixon at a press conference to highlight the advantages of the St. Louis site.
On March 30, 2015, Blunt, along with Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.), sent a letter to NGA Director Robert Cardillo urging the NGA to keep its facility, its dedicated employees, and its critical mission in Missouri. Blunt met with Director Cardillo several times over the past year to underscore the benefits of maintaining the NGA site in St. Louis.
As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Blunt has consistently supported investments in the design and engineering planning for the new NGA facility.