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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Hammack Insists on New BRAC Round for Army

  • October 24, 2013
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During remarks introducing a conference session devoted to the benefits of partnering with the public and private sector, the Army’s top installations official made it clear there is no substitute for a new BRAC round when it comes to efficient management of the service’s scarce resources. “In order to right-size our infrastructure and footprint in line with force reductions, we need BRAC authorization from Congress,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment …

$2M Federal Grant Helps Establish Manufacturing Accelerator at Brunswick

  • October 23, 2013
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A $2 million federal grant awarded to the LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station Brunswick and the regional workforce development board for Maine’s coastal counties will help establish an advanced manufacturing accelerator at Brunswick Landing. TechPlace will be an advanced office, shop, laboratory and workspace for high-tech research, development and manufacturing. When completed, TechPlace will provide an ideal location for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) target industries — aerospace, aviation, composites/advanced materials, biotechnology and renewable energy …

Event to Address Potential for DoD to Trim Installation Costs outside of BRAC

  • October 22, 2013
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Faced with finding $1 trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years, the Defense Department has twice recommended a new round of BRAC as a way to cut bloated overhead costs and reduce excess infrastructure, and twice it has been rebuffed by lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Given congressional intransigence, DoD is forced to look for new ideas when it comes to installation management. To help defense policymakers explore innovative ways for either trimming the department’s real estate holdings or operating them more efficiently, ADC next month is holding a special Defense Policy Forum, BRAC/Alternatives to BRAC: Reducing the Cost of Defense Infrastructure …

Shutdown Costs Fort Ord LRA

  • October 20, 2013
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The local redevelopment authority for the former Fort Ord, Calif., estimates it lost up to $100,000 during the government shutdown due to delays in multiple projects that rely on oversight by federal agencies. “If it’s not $100,000, it’s at least tens of thousands of dollars in consultant time,” said Michael Houlemard, executive officer of FORA. “It’s not the big dollars you hear about, but it is probably $100,000 in impact costs in all of our projects and in the delays …

Massachusetts Officials Seek Innovative Partnerships with State’s Installations

  • October 20, 2013
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Local and state officials from Massachusetts kicked off an initiative Thursday intended to identify ways the state’s six military installations could collaborate with their host communities. The aim of the community support initiative, led by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, is to help the bases become more efficient and to form stronger ties to their neighbors as the Pentagon faces declining budgets, reports MetroWest Daily News. If DOD carries out a new BRAC round, the department will look favorably at innovative installations, said former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray …

Local Hiring Goals Prove Challenging to Meet at Hunters Point Redevelopment

  • October 17, 2013
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The lead contractor working on the redevelopment of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has encountered difficulties meeting its goals to hire local subcontractors and workers, but said that it still is early in the $8 billion project and that its efforts are starting to pay off. As part of its redevelopment deal with the city of San Francisco, master developer Lennar Urban agreed to a goal of awarding 50 percent of supplier, construction and professional service contracts to “economically disadvantaged” businesses …

$25M Gift to Support Effort to Connect Presidio to Crissy Field

  • October 17, 2013
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A $25 million gift from the Bechtel Foundation will bolster a long-term plan to transform the Presidio, creating an unbroken landscape from the Main Post of the historic Army installation to Crissy Field and San Francisco Bay. The gift will go to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and fund more than half the cost of the Tunnel Top Parkland project, the construction of a new bluff to cover the rebuilt Doyle Drive …

DOD Needs to Look Beyond BRAC for Savings

  • October 15, 2013
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Efforts to trim spending on the Pentagon’s infrastructure should not be limited to bases in the United States, but should cover DOD’s foreign facilities as well, according to a commentary published in Reuters. Despite downsizing in recent decades, the department still uses a large number of facilities in places such as Germany and South Korea, write Kay Bailey Hutchison, who served as a Republican senator from Texas from 1993 to 2013, and Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution …

Rantoul Nears Final Agreement over Transfer of Former Chanute AFB

  • October 11, 2013
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The Air Force has sent the village of Rantoul, Ill., an economic development conveyance (EDC) for the former Chanute Air Force Base, bringing a property transfer closer to its final step. The conveyance, coming 20 years after the installation was closed, would help the village redevelop the base by providing greater flexibility to generate revenue through leasing and property sales. “It’s good to finally get these documents,” Mayor Chuck Smith told the News-Gazette. “It goes to the reduction of the footprint of the Air Force and the EDC process of property transfer itself, demolition of the steam plant and demolition of White Hall,” added Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl.

Navy Transfers East Bank Portion of Support Activity to New Orleans

  • October 8, 2013
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The Navy on Friday transferred the portion of the Naval Support Activity site on the east bank of the Mississippi River to the city of New Orleans. The 25-acre facility, located in Bywater, was slated to be turned over through a no-cost economic development conveyance, reported the Times-Picayune. The Navy shuttered it two years ago after it was designated for closure during the 2005 BRAC round. The city plans to convert the site, which includes three large buildings with a total of 1.5 million square feet of space, into a resiliency center, a hub for disaster relief agencies to deliver services and supplies during a catastrophe. City officials still are working out a partnership agreement with the master developer, EMDRC Partners, according to the story.

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