Kit Bond and Team Help Win NGA Facility in St. Louis

Civic leaders in southern Illinois were disappointed last month when Missouri was chosen as the home for a $1.75 billion federal satellite spy agency project they’d pitched aggressively to get.

But unlike Illinois, Missouri had paid a Washington lobbyist to help persuade the government to build the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Western headquarters in North St. Louis.

He wasn’t just any lobbyist, either. Kit Bond, a former four-term Republican senator and two-term governor of Missouri, was personally involved in pitching the St. Louis site to members of Congress and federal agencies.