• ADC Membership to Cast Ballots for New Officers0

    ADC members will have an opportunity to usher in new leadership for the association next month at the 2017 Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., when they vote on a slate of new candidates for board president, vice president and treasurer, and two new candidates to join the board of directors. William Parry, city manager for Gatesville, Texas, has been nominated to become ADC’s next president. Parry has been the association’s vice president since 2016 and has served on the board since 2014. He would replace Mike Cooper, chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, as board president. Joe Driskill, the Missouri military advocate, has been nominated for vice president. Driskill was first elected to the ADC board in 2015. Susan Morris, a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been nominated to become board treasurer …

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  • Greater Direction from Congress Needed to Sustain Installations, ADC President Says0

    Five years of budget turmoil in Washington has harmed military readiness and forced the Pentagon to shrink its force structure, while also threatening the long-term health of its installations.
    Without greater certainty about future funding levels and explicit direction from Congress as to how DOD should cope with tight fiscal constraints, defense communities will continue to face heightened challenges as they strive to support the nation’s military installations, ADC President Mike Cooper states in an op-ed published in the Hill. “Our nation’s defense infrastructure — its bases, facilities and training grounds — is feeling the brunt of this indecision and uncertainty. So too are the communities, regions and states that steadfastly support our nation’s military bases and families. They are experiencing the economic hits of falling tax revenues, struggling small businesses and declining home values as departing service members and their families move away …

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  • Southeast Leaders Discuss Uncertainty Facing Defense Communities at ADC Forum0

    Speakers at ADC’s Defense Community Regional Forum in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday discussed a variety of ways communities can prepare for impacts at local installations stemming from statutory spending caps, force structure reductions and a looming BRAC round. Mike Cooper, president of ADC and chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, told attendees it was a precarious time for DOD and defense communities. While an installation such as Fort Bragg likely is safe from a potential closure, its host community shouldn’t get “fat, dumb and happy,” said John Robinson, managing partner of the D.C.-based The Roosevelt Group. Robinson encouraged communities, or the state, to invest local monies in infrastructure projects needed by the installations they host …

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  • Editor’s Note0

    360 will take tomorrow off. Look for the next issue on Friday, Sept. 25.

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  • Base Redevelopment Forum to Feature Special Track for LRA Board Members0

    ADC’s 3rd Annual Base Redevelopment Forum, which will run from Oct. 21-23 in San Antonio, will feature a new format focused on three topics — redevelopment trends, tools of the trade and LRA leadership. The track for LRA board directors will include sessions on the different organizational models for LRAs and a look at how those organizations need to evolve over time, as well as a variety of networking opportunities. “LRA board members who have attended previous forums have found the experience extremely valuable. That led the LRA Directors Council to suggest that this year’s forum include a special track for board leaders,” said ADC CEO Tim Ford …

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  • Northwest Community Leaders Prepare for Defense Changes at ADC Regional Forum0

    At the two-day Defense Communities Regional Forum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., this week, community and industry leaders are discussing ways to prepare for a variety of impacts on installations and regions stemming from budget cuts, force reductions, a looming BRAC round and evolving missions. The Northwest Regional Forum is providing local and state government officials, community leaders and other key stakeholders an opportunity to understand the current defense environment and the role leaders can play in supporting their defense infrastructure. This week’s event is the first of a series of regional forums hosted by ADC to introduce community leaders and other local officials to the broad range of issues facing defense communities …

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