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Ill. state representative following NGA decision: 'We needed something like this'

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The current NGA facility. (Credit: KMOV) The current NGA facility. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Thursday night it was announced that St. Clair County, Illinois lost the bid for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to north St. Louis.

Leaders in the county were so dedicated to getting the headquarters move there they offered to give the NGA another 200 acres free of charge. Last month, Governor Bruce Rauner announced the state would give $116 million in road and other infrastructure upgrades if the NGA needed it. 

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State Representative Charlie Meier spoke with News 4 Friday morning and voiced his disappointment about the NGA’s decision.

“Jobs were very important to us here, we need the jobs, southern Illinois economy is tanking,” Meier said. “Illinois has underperformed according to all other states around us and we are becoming a very depressed area because of it. So, this would have been a huge turnaround, a moral victory.”

Meier continued by stating he has been working with companies to try to bring them to the area, but due to workman’s compensation and “chart reform issues” it has been difficult. He also stated many times the area is losing the jobs to Missouri.

“This was one of those chances where we thought we had the best facility and the best site. We were ready to go, they could have started construction tomorrow and we wanted something like this, we needed something like this,” said Meier.

Friday morning, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis and U.S. representative Mike Bost released the following statement regarding the decision: 

“We are disappointed that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has not decided to build its new facility here in Illinois. Scott Air Force Base remains one of our nation’s most important defense installations. We’re going to continue to work hard and see through this process of relocating the agency to the site adjacent to Scott Air Force Base. During the upcoming comment period on this decision - and beyond - we will continue working with the Department of Defense and stakeholders at home to protect the future of Scott, its dedicated employees, and its enormous impact on the regional economy.”

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