June 02, 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, a member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, celebrated the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s announcement today that it has finalized its selection of North St. Louis as the site for the new NGA West headquarters. Since 2010, Blunt has helped lead efforts to ensure that the NGA West facility, and the thousands of jobs it supports, remain in Missouri.
“Missouri has supported the NGA’s critical mission for more than 70 years, and I’m proud that we will continue doing so for decades to come," Blunt said. "With today’s decision, the NGA has rightly acknowledged the numerous benefits St. Louis provides to the current and future generation of intelligence professionals. I appreciate Director Robert Cardillo’s careful consideration, and look forward to working with him to move this project forward as quickly as possible.”
Blunt has met with Cardillo several times to underscore the advantages of keeping NGA West in Missouri, most recently in April of this year. Blunt also met with NGA Deputy Director Sue Gordon at NGA West last July to discuss plans for the new facility.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt secured funding in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, which passed the Senate in May, for land acquisition, design, and planning for the new NGA West facility. The National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to be considered by the Senate next week, also includes language authorizing funding for the new facility.
In April, Blunt and Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) filed comments supporting the NGA’s selection of North St. Louis as the preferred site for the new NGA West facility. Their comment letter followed an op-ed they published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in March making the case that the agency should remain in Missouri.
On March 30, 2015, Blunt and McCaskill also sent a letter to Cardillo urging the NGA to keep its facility, its dedicated employees, and its critical mission in Missouri.