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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Plan in Place to Secure Future of W.Va. Air Base, Governor Says

  • August 20, 2013
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Charleston Air National Guard Base would get a new access road and practice airstrip, under a plan announced Monday by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) to address concerns raised during the 2005 round of BRAC and secure the future of the 130th Airlift Wing. Building a new access route to the base — which requires construction of a bridge over the Elk River — would allow officials to close the current public road serving the facility. That route currently poses a security risk to the base …

Bayonne City Council Assumes Responsibility for Reuse at Ocean Terminal

  • August 19, 2013
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The Bayonne (N.J.) City Council will take over responsibility for redeveloping the former 432-acre Military Ocean Terminal Bayonne, after voting last week to dissolve the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority. The council had introduced the resolution earlier, but it needed the approval of the New Jersey Local Finance Board before the dissolution could become final, reported the Jersey Journal. The council also voted to issue a $75 million bond to pay off the LRA’s outstanding debt …

Inspector General Cites Geospatial Agency for Violating BRAC Law

  • August 19, 2013
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By failing to close one of its leased facilities in northern Virginia, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) did not comply with the BRAC 2005 recommendations and spent $11.4 million that could have been avoided, according to a report released last week by the DOD Inspector General (IG). The last BRAC round called for the NGA to close multiple sites primarily in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington and relocate those offices to what is now the NGA Campus East at Fort Belvoir, Va. Instead, the agency continued operations at the leased facility in Newington, claiming it did not have the authority to close it, according to the IG report …

North Carolina Legislators Create Commission to Support Military Facilities

  • August 8, 2013
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A panel charged with fostering North Carolina’s military installations was established Aug. 1 through legislation signed last month by Gov. Pat McCrory (R). The measure creating the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission abolishes the state’s Advisory Commission on Military Affairs and describes a broad set of goals for the panel as part of its mission to “increase the role that North Carolina’s military installations, the National Guard and Reserves play in America’s defense strategy and the economic health and vitality of the state …

See Rapid Transformation of Navy Base into Brunswick Landing at Redevelopment Forum

  • August 8, 2013
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Among installations closed in the last BRAC round, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick has been one of the fastest out of the gate, with the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) effort to create a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education already taking shape on the coast of Maine. The redevelopment authority started attracting tenants prior to the Navy’s formal closure of the base in May 2011. It now hosts more than two dozen businesses, including Kestrel Aviation and Swedish medical supply manufacturer Mölnlycke Health Care, and 250 workers …

Mississippi Officials Pledge to Preserve State’s Installations

  • August 8, 2013
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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and members of the state’s congressional delegation pledged Thursday to protect and promote the state’s military missions. Bryant and state congressional members met with the Mississippi Military Communities Council to talk about strategies to defend the state in a future BRAC round, reported the Clarion Ledger. When he became governor, Bryant re-established the council to advise state officials on actions that could affect the state’s military bases and communities that support them …

Lt. Governor Begins Tour of Pennsylvania’s Military Installations

  • August 7, 2013
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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (R) visited the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna on Tuesday, the first stop on a tour intended to kick off an initiative to protect the state’s 12 military installations in a future BRAC round. Cawley was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in September to chair the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission, a role requiring him to advocate for the state’s military facilities and the important role they play in the state economy and national security …

Process Needed to Settle Disagreements over BRAC Cleanup Requirements, DOD IG Says

  • August 6, 2013
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The Army Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management should establish a dispute resolution plan to settle disagreements over cleanup requirements at BRAC sites among the Army, Environmental Protection Agency, state officials and local redevelopment authorities, according to a report released Tuesday by the DOD Inspector General (IG). The recommendation stems from a review of increased costs and delays incurred in cleaning up and transferring property at three Army ammunition plants — Kansas; Lone Star, Texas; and Riverbank, Calif. — and two chemical depots — Newport, Ind., and Umatilla, Ore. — closed under BRAC 2005 …

Havelock Officials Remain Vigilant in Defense of MCAS Cherry Point

  • August 4, 2013
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and the surrounding region of eastern North Carolina offer the military multiple assets, a narrative that officials should not keep a secret. “We need to tell our story first,” Pete Rose, a partner of the Franklin Partnership, told the Havelock Board of Commissioners last week. “He who tells their story first controls the narrative,” said Rose …

ADC Forum to Focus on Challenges Associated with Large-Scale Redevelopment

  • August 4, 2013
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In seven weeks, ADC will hold its inaugural Base Redevelopment Forum in Portland, Maine, a three-day event designed to support the needs of economic development professionals involved in complex and large-scale redevelopment projects. The event will be far different from past ADC conferences — and not just because of its focus on redevelopment issues — but because the programming will be centered around the “tools of the trade” that redevelopment authorities need to succeed, including functional and leadership skills as well as a broader understanding of current trends …

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