• 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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  • We’re Updating 360!0

    Starting Monday, Defense Communities 360 will be getting a makeover. The static five-stories-a-day format will be replaced with a more flexible one that will be easier to scroll through on mobile devices. If you only have two minutes a day to catch up on the news from the Pentagon, Capitol Hill and defense communities, the new format, with its emphasis on streamlined teasers of news articles, will allow you to do that. And if an article piques your interest, you can click on a link to the original story for more details …

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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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  • Coming Soon: 360 3.00

    Starting next month, Defense Communities 360 will be getting a makeover. The daily newsletter’s new format will be easier to scroll through on mobile devices and be more flexible in how it covers news — many stories will be covered with a brief teaser, with more important stories receiving more thorough coverage. In-depth stories will be part of the regular coverage as well. Look for The Insider soon.

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  • Editor’s Note0

    360 will take tomorrow off. Look for the next issue on Monday, Sept. 12.

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  • ADC’s Fall Conference to Address Redevelopment Issues at Active, Closed Bases

    ADC’s Fall Conference to Address Redevelopment Issues at Active, Closed Bases0

    ADC will hold its first Installation Reuse Forum in October to discuss redevelopment issues affecting both active and closed installations. Much of the three-day event, scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Atlanta, will focus on topics common to both active and closed bases — primarily, how to return excess property and infrastructure to productive use. Communities and developers tasked with converting closed bases to residential, commercial and other uses face a unique economic development challenge — how to rejuvenate property burdened with antiquated infrastructure and contamination. The challenge is similar for communities with active installations where services are struggling to manage the increasing volume of vacant facilities, leaving base commanders with the task of finding new uses for those properties or spending scarce resources to maintain them …

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