Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for the National Defense Authorization Act which included two important provisions for the Rock Island Arsenal.
The first provision is a two-year extension of the Arsenal Support Program Initiative (ASPI). ASPI renovates unused office and manufacturing space at Rock Island Arsenal to lease to commercial firms. It currently has 33 tenants and generates $900,000 per year in revenues. ASPI has dedicated $33.5 million to facility improvement projects over its existence. In FY 2009, the program created or retained 670 jobs and had an economic impact of $80.5 million.
The second provision encourages the Department of the Army to take all prudent steps to ensure Quarters #1 is restored and renovated to a state that will retain its proud and historic character. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) took special note of Quarters #1 during his April visit to the Arsenal.
"Simply put, ASPI has been a major source of job creation for the Arsenal," Hare said. "As our economy inches toward recovery, it is important that we do everything in our power to put people back to work. That makes this extension both timely and important."
"I am committed to working with Chairman Skelton to secure the funding necessary to renovate Quarters #1," Hare added. "This language clearly demonstrates Congress' support for this renovation and will hopefully set the stage for future action."