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Good news is coming to the Rock Island Arsenal.

An announcement was made on Monday, June 9, 2014 that the United States Army has allocated $110 million in funding for the Arsenal through the Arsenal Sustainment Initiative.

Proponents say the initiative will help ensure the Arsenal remains competitive as it bids on additional workload through its partnerships with the private sector.

The funding was included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Industrial Mobilization Capacity, a fund which helps arsenals keep their work rates competitive.

The allocation of IMC funding for Rock Island and other arsenals was based on the Army's analysis of each facility.

The announcement of the funds was made by members of the Illinois / Iowa Congressional Delegation: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Bruce Braley (D-IA-01), and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02).

The delegation said in a statement they hope this funding will help the Rock Island Arsenal, as well as other arsenals, "compete more effectively for public-private partnerships and other business to help sustain capacity, cost efficiency and technical competence in peacetime, while preserving the ability to provide an effective and timely response to mobilizations, national defense contingency situations and other emergent requirements."

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