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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Prospect of CR at Start of FY’15 Approaches near Certainty

  • July 21, 2014
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Congress almost certainly will resort to a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running starting Oct. 1 as the Senate is unlikely to take up any of the fiscal 2015 spending bills that have been approved by the Appropriations Committee, including the defense and military construction-veterans affairs measures. The Senate has not debated any spending bills this year, a record of total gridlock that can be attributed to a failure of the chamber’s Democratic and Republican leaders to allow virtually any legislation to advance …

Scott AFB’s Water Provider Earns National Recognition

  • July 20, 2014
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American Water, which has been upgrading the water supply infrastructure at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for the past five years in an effort to improve its quality and reliability, recently received the Director’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. In 2007, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) awarded American Water a 50-year utilities privatization contract, creating a $6.3 million cost avoidance for the Air Force. Since then the firm has replaced more than 95,000 feet of mains and distribution lines and developed an accurate water system map of the base …

DOD Needs to Consider ‘Electricity Reliability’ in Project Decisions, Panel Says

  • July 20, 2014
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The military services should account for candidate projects’ impact on “electricity reliability” at installations when making decisions about purchase power agreements, performance contracts and other energy purchases, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that the Senate Appropriation Committee approved Thursday. The lawmakers commend DOD for its efforts to trim installation energy costs — which total about $4 billion across the department annually — and cited the use of energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts in helping the military save money without the need for upfront federal investment …

State-Funded Boiler Trims Energy Use at Groton Sub Base

  • July 20, 2014
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Connecticut officials visited Naval Submarine Base New London on Thursday to mark the Navy’s first use of a $3 million natural gas and ultra-low sulfur diesel boiler the state paid for several years ago. The steam and hot water boiler and a second one the Navy recently purchased are 40 percent more efficient than the boilers they replaced, reported the Day. “It’s great; we advanced the base from 1960s technology to current technology, so that is just a tremendous leap forward in efficiency,” said Bob Ross, executive director of the state’s Office of Military Affairs …

Rival Files Lawsuit to Block Ft. McPherson Sale to Filmmaker

  • July 20, 2014
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An Atlanta entertainment company last week filed a federal lawsuit against the LRA for the former Fort McPherson seeking to block the sale of much of the 488-acre post to filmmaker Tyler Perry. In the suit, Ubiquitous Entertainment Studios states that it had met with the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority about purchasing 80 acres for a “movie studio entertainment complex” in 2011, but was told officials couldn’t negotiate until the Army transferred the property …

Towns’ Support Builds for Measure to Overhaul South Weymouth Reuse

  • July 20, 2014
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With a July 31 deadline looming for the Massachusetts Legislature to approve a measure to strip authority from the LRA responsible for the reuse of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth located 20 miles outside of Boston, officials in two of the base’s three neighboring towns so far are supporting the proposal sponsored by the project’s master developer. The plan put forward by Starwood Land Ventures would shift responsibility for public services and property tax revenue to the surrounding communities of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland, while giving Starwood more flexibility regarding the pace of the project …

LRA Launches Search for Roosevelt Roads Master Developer

  • July 18, 2014
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Puerto Rico’s Local Redevelopment Authority is seeking responses to a recently issued request for qualifications for master developers for the redevelopment of Roosevelt Roads, the island’s former U.S. Navy base in Ceiba. The RFQ includes 3,000 acres of prime Caribbean coastline that is ideal for hotel properties, ecotourism, marinas, light industrial, casinos, educational institutions and other mixed-use development …

North Carolina Needs Consultant for JLUS for Seymour Johnson AFB

  • July 18, 2014
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The North Carolina Department of Commerce is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Seymour Johnson Air Force Base including Dare County Range and associated special use airspace, military training routes, military operations areas and surrounding communities. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, agriculture preservation, land conservation, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. The RFP is available on the state’s purchasing website. Search by either Department (**Purchase and Contract**) or by Bid Number (43-1066-14). Sealed proposals will be received until 4 p.m. on Aug. 18. For further information, contact Casey Jones, purchasing agent, at casey.c.jones@nccommerce.com.

Ft. Meade Neighbor Growing, but Failing to Meet BRAC Expectations

  • July 18, 2014
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Following the 2005 round of BRAC, planners predicted Laurel, Md., would benefit from the influx of growth slated for nearby Fort Meade, and the city approved a number of apartments and housing developments to accommodate the surge. Nine years later, it’s clear that the projections missed the mark as Laurel’s population only climbed by 4,000 to 26,000 currently. The recession that took hold several years after the last BRAC played a major role in limiting new development in the city, but so did the decision by many personnel relocating to Fort Meade to commute rather than move closer to their new post …

Appropriations Panel Blocks Most Cost-Saving Reforms

  • July 17, 2014
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a $490 billion fiscal 2015 defense spending bill that rejects many of the Pentagon’s cost-savings proposals intended to comply with the Budget Control Act spending caps. The measure blocks DOD’s plan to slash subsidies for military grocery stores by $200 million in FY 2015; however, it embraced one of the department’s reforms — limiting housing allowances below the rate of inflation. The plan to slow the growth in the basic allowance for housing would save $8.8 billion in personnel costs over the next five years, according to a committee summary of the spending bill …

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