Illinois Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Policy Ben Brockschmidt recently said the chamber is disappointed with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) decision to build its western headquarters elsewhere.
“The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is disappointed by the announcement ... that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is going to construct its next western headquarters in St. Louis instead of next to Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois,” Brockschmidt said.
“This has been anything but a fair analysis," Brockschmidt said. "The St. Clair County site is not only more secure, but also provides a clear and concise timeline for construction of a new facility. It would also provide more of an economic impact for the region. The 2012 economic impact study commissioned by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation found that Scott AFB generates over $4 billion in regional GDP. That report also found that the more than 5,000 civilian employees and more than 4,000 active personnel on the base support over 30,000 jobs in the St. Louis region. The addition of the NGA would further add to this well-established regional impact.”