The success of the ARMS program at the Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa rests solely on public-private partnerships. A public-private partnership is an agreement between a government entity (in this case, the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant) and private industries (American Ordnance LLC) or entities to perform work or utilize facilities and equipment. Through this public-private partnership, the Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa has been able to build relationships with business from the community.

The public-private partnership initiative is directed toward improving the output and performance of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant through increased participation by the private sector via industrial partnering. The primary intent of the initiative is to improve support to the warfighter by enabling the plant to develop appropriate partnerships with the commercial sector that will also allow the plant to retain certain core capabilities. Appropriate partnering with private industry will help sustain core maintenance capabilities, facilities, and technical expertise in the workforce as well as reduce operating costs of the facility for the government. More information is available in the Public-Private Partnership Handbook (PDF).

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