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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Law Formalizing Commission to Preserve Installations

  • October 26, 2014
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) last week enacted legislation codifying the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission in state law. The move makes permanent the commission which was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC, reported the Chambersburg Public Opinion. “The commonwealth will be better prepared to defend our vital economic defense engine when the federal government considers cuts …

Nine Openings Available in FAA’s Military Airport Program

  • October 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s fiscal 2015 Military Airport Program, a valuable source of capital funding for former military airfields and joint use airports, has nine slots available for new participants or existing participants eligible for redesignation. None of the open slots, however, are available for general aviation airports, according to the Oct. 23 Federal Register notice. The program allows participating airports to receive grants from the Airport Improvement Program …

Pentagon Likely to Conduct Study of Excess Capacity

  • October 22, 2014
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DOD may study the need for additional base closures even if language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of excess infrastructure is stripped from the conference report, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said Wednesday. “Even if it doesn’t end up in the final version, I think it’s a signal that we can go ahead and do a capacity analysis at a parametric level,” Conger told CQ. “It’s not a bad thing to have those numbers,” he said. The bill language directs DOD to compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department …

Alabama Installations Are Ready for BRAC, Lt. Governor Declares

  • October 22, 2014
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After touring flight simulators and other facilities at Fort Rucker this week, Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey said she was confident state and local officials have taken the necessary steps to protect the installation from a prospective round of base closures. “We just don’t know when that is coming. But the name of the game is to be prepared in advance because when the call comes, it is too late to start preparing,” Ivey said. “We are prepared here at Fort Rucker.” She cited several steps the state has taken to position Fort Rucker to survive the next BRAC …

Army Plans for Prospect of Additional Growth at Fort Belvoir

  • October 21, 2014
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Officials at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia — which already ballooned to a population of 40,000 following the last round of base closures — now are planning for the possibility of additional growth that could take its population up to 56,700 workers by 2030. The planning exercise comes as the Army finishes updating the post’s 1993 master plan, a document that will guide development and transportation improvements over the next two to three decades, reports the Washington Business Journal. And while local officials embrace the prospect of further growth in Fairfax County, just as they did as new missions started to arrive in the aftermath of BRAC 2005, they are equally concerned about the impact on traffic …

Can Base Redevelopment Projects Attract Young Entrepreneurs?

  • October 21, 2014
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When it comes to site selection, the next generation of entrepreneurs is looking for a set of attributes much different than their parents were. Millennials are placing a much greater emphasis on accessible work locations with plenty of live and play options. That means a focus on amenities such shopping and eating, and outdoor spaces for recreation. Next month’s 2014 Base Redevelopment Forum in San Francisco will feature a special session on the needs of young entrepreneurs designed to help local redevelopment authorities better prepare and market their properties …

It’s Official, Monterey Is World’s Language Capital

  • October 20, 2014
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Monterey County has trademarked the slogan, the “Language Capital of the World,” as part of an effort to raise the profile of one of its most unique assets ahead of a looming BRAC round. The slogan, which was officially registered for the city of Monterey from 1997 to 2007, celebrates the Presidio of Monterey, home of the Defense Language Institute. The Monterey County Business Council opted to register the entire county this time to promote the whole region, reported the Monterey Herald. “[Local military institutions] bring critical national security capability to the United States, as well as enrich this community and make us what we are,” Monterey Deputy City Manager Danial Pick …

Navy Postpones Estimated Date to Transfer NAS Willow Grove

  • October 20, 2014
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Environmental issues at the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, including the recent discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in the groundwater on and around the installation, are forcing the Navy to push back the property’s transfer to the Horsham LRA until late 2015 or early 2016. The Navy had been planning to turn over about 600 acres at the 862-acre site located north of Philadelphia at the end of 2014, Gregory Preston, director of the Navy’s BRAC Program Management Office East, told the LRA last week. The groundwater contamination had not been anticipated, Preston said. “It’s an unfortunate outcome …

Navy Weighs in on Concord Weapons Station Reuse Plan

  • October 20, 2014
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The Navy has issued a draft environmental impact statement for the reuse of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California, bringing the city of Concord one step closer to gaining ownership of the 5,000-acre property. The study evaluates the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, which the city adopted in 2012, as well as an alternative that allows for higher intensity residential development. The city’s plan calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres near the North Concord/Martinez BART station, with about 70 percent of the site preserved as parkland or open space …

Army Answers Questions about Airborne Pollution in Homes outside Ft. Gillem

  • October 19, 2014
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The Army and the LRA for the former Fort Gillem hosted a public forum last week to address residents’ questions about test results from the summer that revealed toxic vapor in dozens of homes. The Army has conducted vapor intrusion tests in 68 homes and one daycare center surrounding the installation located outside of Atlanta. The vapors are believed to stem from groundwater contamination that seeped off the post. The Army plans to install ventilation systems in the daycare. In the other homes, scientists still need to determine whether levels of contamination are high enough to justify installing ventilation systems and whether the Army should be responsible for the work, said Tom Lederle, chief of the Army’s BRAC office …

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