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Mayor Gluba Touts R.I. Arsenal at Manufacturing Summit in D.C.


     Touting the manufacturing industry in the Quad Cities area, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba returned from Washington D.C. Friday. He was there for a Mayors Manufacturing Summit at the White House. He says he focused a lot on the Rock Island Arsenal.

     Mayor Gluba was one of 28 mayors from across the country invited to the summit. He says a lot of it was to brainstorm ideas of how to create a bigger manufacturing base in the country.  

     For the Quad Cities he shared how the Rock Island Arsenal's industrial foundry is cutting edge technology owned by the U.S. Government. Because large components for bridges are made there, Gluba invited new Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx to visit Arsenal island to see how the arsenal may be able to work with the Department of Transportation to build bridges.

     "Many of our bridges are in bad shape and we have to do something," said Mayor Gluba.

     He explained how the public/private partnerships are giant factor for the Quad Cities' largest employer, but that there's potential for more. The next step is to go after federal dollars with $1.3 billion that will be up for grabs in phase two of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership.


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