Growth at Former George AFB Offers Hope to Struggling City
Victorville’s effort to turn the former George Air Force Base into a multimodal logistics hub recently has soared, offering a beacon of hope to a city that has fallen on hard times.
Leading Edge Aviation Services provided some of the best news at Global Access, the city’s name for the 8,500-acre reuse project, when it won a contract from United Airlines to repaint 650 aircraft after the carrier merged with Continental Airlines, reported the Seattle Times. In addition, Dr. Pepper/Snapple opened a new hub at the site to serve the western United States and Asia.
An aviation maintenance firm’s proposal to build a hangar complex brings the potential for thousands of new jobs to the project, which consists of Southern California Logistics Airport and Southern California Logistics Centre. In the planning stages is the 3,500-acre Southern California Rail Complex. The city’s goal is to develop an inland port at Global Access to take advantage of its location to distribute goods arriving in Los Angeles across the United States by rail, highway and air.
Growth at the former base won’t be able to rescue Victorville — which suffers from high unemployment and home foreclosure rates — all by itself, but it certainly is providing a dose of optimism during a difficult period.