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  • ADC Recognizes Eight Communities for Exceptional Support to Service Members, Military Families

    ADC Recognizes Eight Communities for Exceptional Support to Service Members, Military Families0

    ADC on Wednesday designated eight communities as “Great American Defense Communities,” a recognition of the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. The association launched the Great American Defense Communities initiative in conjunction with the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses last year to showcase the efforts communities take to support installations and their personnel. The 2017 class, along with the neighboring installations, includes: the Alamo – San Antonio region, Texas (Joint Base San Antonio); the Charleston region, S.C. (Joint Base Charleston); Christian County, Ky. (Fort Campbell); the Fort Hood – Central Texas region (Fort Hood); Hampton Roads, Va. (multiple installations); Maricopa County, Ariz. (Luke Air Force Base); Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Fort Huachuca); and the Governments of Southeastern Connecticut (Naval Submarine Base New London, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and other Coast Guard and National Guard facilities ) …

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  • House Leadership’s Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations

    House Leadership’s Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations0

    The greater sage grouse, a black and brown grassland bird whose habitat encompasses parts of 11 western states, has taken on an oversized role in House-Senate negotiations over a conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. The House’s Republican leadership is insisting the compromise bill retain language from the House version barring the sage grouse from being placed on the endangered species list through 2025 even though the issue is only loosely connected to the use of military training grounds. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said he would not allow the final version of the annual defense policy to be considered on the chamber floor without that provision, in a bid to protect energy, mining and ranching interests, reports Defense News …

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  • Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor

    Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor0

    Officials from Northwest Florida gathered Wednesday to celebrate the designation of the Eglin Air Force Base – Hurlburt community as one of 10 Great American Defense Communities. “Everyone in this room is aware of the importance of our military installations,” Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, told the hundreds of military, business and community leaders. “We also know that those installations are made up of people with families, and all of you here are working to find ways to serve them …

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  • SBA Rule Incorporates Statutory Changes Easing HUBZone Eligibility Requirements at BRAC Sites0

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) last week issued a final rule implementing changes to the HUBZone program enacted in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill designed to provide a boost to base redevelopment projects attempting to attract tenants interested in qualifying for the program. The legislation included two key provisions intended to make it easier for companies to meet the eligibility requirements of the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas. One change expands the boundaries of BRAC-related HUBZones beyond the actual base, allowing businesses to hire employees from surrounding areas to meet the program’s requirement for 35 percent of a participant’s workers to live within a HUBZone …

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  • OEA Survives Lawmaker’s Attempt to Restrict Assistance Programs0

    An effort by Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell (R) to limit the availability of a variety of community assistance programs offered by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) was deflected in recent weeks, following a joint effort by ADC, the Defense Communities Caucus and the office of Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam). Russell initially filed an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill before it was marked up by the House Armed Services Committee in April. The provision would have severely restricted OEA’s defense industry adjustment, compatible use and BRAC assistance programs …

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