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DOT TIGER Grant to Improve Access to Ft. Carson

  • September 14, 2014
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A $1.2 million federal grant will help upgrade a recently opened gravel road to Fort Carson needed to accommodate extra traffic generated by a new helicopter brigade. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, will pay for pre-construction activities required to pave and straighten the route to the post’s Gate 19, located near Fountain, Colo. …

Stakes are High for Hospitality Industry over Next Round of Army Cuts

  • September 14, 2014
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Fifty weeks out of the year thousands of family members travel to Fort Jackson to celebrate the graduation of a close relative from basic training, accounting for $45 million a year in direct spending in the Midlands region of South Carolina. For the dozens of hotels and restaurants near the post in Columbia, the Army’s next round of personnel cuts — slated to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops — offer the prospect of a significant reduction in economic activity as Fort Jackson faces losing almost half of its personnel …

University Considers Becoming Anchor Tenant at Hunters Point

  • September 14, 2014
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San Francisco State University intends to lease 60,000 square feet or more in the planned innovation district at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, making it the first major commercial tenant at the reuse project. “We’re going to plant our flag at Hunters Point,” University President Leslie Wong told the San Francisco Business Times. “We want to be, we plan to be, the anchor institution at Hunter’s Point.” Subjects including IT, digital arts and hospitality could be offered at Hunters Point, Wong said …

Federal City Project Names New Master Developer

  • September 14, 2014
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The Federal City project on Friday selected a new team to spearhead redevelopment at the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans, a step local officials believe will jump start reuse efforts at the project located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Vista Louisiana LLC — composed of Manning Architects in New Orleans, Vista Trust, real estate manager Larry Starkman of Illinois and DeVere Construction in Michigan — would be responsible only for the 114 acres outside the 29-acre Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans …

Top House Appropriator Seeks Omnibus during Lame-Duck Session

  • September 14, 2014
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Harold Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is trying to steer House leaders to embrace a yearend fiscal 2015 omnibus spending package during a lame-duck session when the continuing resolution now under consideration would run out. Rogers is hoping to recreate the 12-bill package he negotiated with his Senate counterpart Barbara Mikulski for FY 2014 in less than a month last December and January, reported CQ. “I want to see us get our business done and come in to the new year with a clean slate. I don’t want the new Congress in January to spend their first weeks or months dealing with past problems. I’d like to have a fresh start …

Fort Chaffee LRA, National Guard Land Swap on Hold over Valuations

  • September 11, 2014
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A proposed property exchange between the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority and the Arkansas Army National Guard has been held up over a large disparity in property appraisals between the two parcels. Appraisals obtained by the LRA concluded that the tract it is offering the Guard for a new training center is worth $2 million more than the land it would receive in return, said Ivy Owen, the authority’s executive director. Owen sent the appraisals three months ago to the Army Corps of Engineers to review …

Officials Dedicate Intrepid Center at Ft. Campbell

  • September 11, 2014
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Military leaders and members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund formally dedicated the new Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Monday to treat returning service members with traumatic brain injuries and other conditions. The Fort Campbell facility is the third of nine planned Intrepid Spirit Centers nationwide. The first two centers — dedicated last fall at Fort Belvoir, Va., and at Camp Lejeune, N.C. — already have provided care for 2,000 service members, reported the Army News Service. Centers are currently under construction at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Hood, Texas. The Fort Campbell center anticipates treating 1,300 to 1,500 patients annually …

Air Base Can Learn from Losing Competition for KC-46, Support Group Official Says

  • September 11, 2014
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Although the Air Force did not select Robins Air Force Base as one of the first installations to host the new KC-46A tanker, Middle Georgia can learn from that decision, according to the new head of the base’s local support group. “Because there will be other decisions to be made, what can we do to make sure, we first of all understand the process, and second, how do we cultivate the right atmosphere or fix what might need to be fixed, to ensure we have the right numbers,” said Charles Stenner, CEO of the 21st Century Partnership …

Many Military Families Seek Food Aid, Survey Finds

  • September 11, 2014
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An estimated 25 percent of households with a member currently serving in the military receive food assistance from the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans, according to a recent survey conducted by the nonprofit. The survey estimated that 620,000 households that seek food assistance from a Feeding America network agency include at least one member serving in the military. Jennifer Gilmore, executive director of the Feeding America San Diego food bank, said she was shocked recently to see 300 people lined up at a military housing development to collect bags of produce …

House to Take up CR Next Week

  • September 11, 2014
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The House is expected to vote by next Wednesday on a continuing resolution (CR) needed to keep the federal government running after Sept. 30, even as Republican leaders have not yet decided whether to include language requested by President Obama authorizing the training and arming of Syrian rebels who are fighting the Islamic State. Regardless of the House leadership’s decision, the rest of the fiscal 2015 stopgap spending bill, which would fund the government through Dec. 11, will remain unchanged from the version introduced Tuesday, reported CQ. At the same time, other issues that could endanger support for the CR, including a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, seem to have diminished with the discussion over how to respond to the Islamic State now the primary focus …

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