ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Rock Island Arsenal hosted a strategic planning luncheon April 1 including Quad City area mayors, as well as business and education leaders striving to synchronize and promote regional growth and workforce development.

Scott Welker, U.S. Army Sustainment Command deputy to the commander, facilitated the meeting with the goal of maintaining the Rock Island Arsenal as a national treasure.

Communication was established to meet the future needs of the Quad Cities region and the Rock Island Arsenal.

"What do we want to look like five to ten years from now'" asked Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine, ASC commanding general. "The intent today is to discuss four strategic objectives to tie the community together so we can all benefit from the growth of the arsenal."

The strategic objectives discussed were:

-- Enhancing the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center as a critical asset for the nation's industrial base.
-- Developing a Human Capital Investment Plan to recruit and retain a diverse workforce with the skills needed for the RIA and the Quad City area.
-- Synchronizing efforts in promoting Quad Cities regional growth.
-- Reviewing the RIA Installation Master Plan to identify future key military construction improvements.

Many ideas were discussed, including expanding educational partnerships, improving the RIA infrastructure, pursing private sector industrial partnerships with the JMTC and marketing the RIA as a military-industrial complex that is located in an affordable cost of living area with a high-quality workforce.