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Posts Tagged ‘BRAC’

Georgia, Kansas Defense Communities among Fastest-Growing Areas Last Year

  • April 1, 2013
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Communities surrounding Forts Benning, Ga., and Riley, Kan., ranked among the fastest-growing places in the nation for the year ended July 1, 2012, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last month. Chattahoochee County, Ga., was the nation’s fastest-growing county of 10,000 or more residents as its population climbed 10.1 percent between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012 …

Furloughs Would Be Replaced by ‘Other Options’ if Sequester Continues, Hale Says

  • April 1, 2013
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If sequestration continues into fiscal 2014 and beyond, the Pentagon will not rely on furloughs of civilian employees to find savings, but rather will explore “other options,” DOD Comptroller Robert Hale said Monday. “They may not be pleasant, and they may force us into some difficult choices. But we definitely don’t want to repeat what we’re doing now …

Mayor to Discuss Chinese Investment in San Francisco Reuse Projects on Overseas Trip

  • March 31, 2013
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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will try to help close a deal between the state-supported China Development Bank and Lennar Corp. to invest $1.7 billion in two base redevelopment projects during his eight-day trip to China that began Friday. Lee is expected to sit down with officials from the Chinese bank to discuss the investment in the redevelopment of two former Navy bases, Treasure Island and Hunters Point Naval Shipyard …

Army’s Sudden Transfer of Ft. Monroe Property Alarms LRA

  • March 31, 2013
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The Army unexpectedly transferred 313 acres at the former Fort Monroe on Thursday to the site’s LRA, leaving a series of unanswered questions regarding the ongoing environmental cleanup, the border of the property reverting to Virginia and other matters. The Army and state officials had been discussing for more than a year the terms of how the Army would transfer the portion of the 570-acre post slated to revert to the commonwealth. The negotiations were intended to resolve who is responsible for the cleanup, long-term building maintenance, and the transfer of utilities and roads, reported the Daily Press …

Governor Establishes Panel to Protect California Bases

  • March 28, 2013
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California Gov. Jerry Brown established a state military council Thursday to preserve the military’s role in the state’s economy and expand defense-related investment in California. The panel will be responsible for protecting California’s military installations and operations amid ongoing Pentagon budget cuts, and it will respond to changes in military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission …

Montana Legislature Advances Bill to Create Military Task Force

  • March 27, 2013
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The Montana House on Wednesday approved a measure to establish a statewide task force to prepare the state for a future BRAC round. The bill, which now goes to the state Senate, would create a “military strategic and economic impact task force,” reported the Great Falls Tribune. HB 579 would provide the task force $163,000 in annual funding through June 30, 2015, for administration and $250,000 to conduct a study of the military’s economic impact in Montana …

Members of Congress Visit Installations, Express Optimism Against BRAC

  • March 26, 2013
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Several members of Congress are re-assuring their communities that they are ready to fight if a BRAC round is proposed or approved.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), said during a visit Monday to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that Congress will not consider a BRAC round soon. Shea-Porter serves on the House subcommittee that held a hearing this month on the timing of BRAC.

Horsham LRA to Serve as Master Developer for Willow Grove Redevelopment

  • March 25, 2013
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The LRA for the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove intends to act as master developer for the 862-acre property, and now is preparing an application for an economic development conveyance to obtain the entire site. The LRA’s consultant, Matrix Design Group, is working on the project’s business plan, which it plans to complete later this year. The Navy and the Horsham LRA likely won’t complete negotiations over an EDC before March 2014 …

Support Group Launches BRAC Evaluation to Gauge Robins’ Standing among Depots

  • March 25, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has commissioned a series of 15 studies for $175,000 to assess how the installation compares to 12 other service depots as part of its effort to prepare for a future BRAC round. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is conducting the studies, which will evaluate Robins’ strengths and weaknesses on 15 different military and community factors, including education, encroachment and economic impact …

States Hires Consultant to Prepare Virginia’s Bases for BRAC

  • March 25, 2013
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The Virginia governor’s office has hired an Alexandria, Va.-based consulting firm to review the state’s military installations for possible vulnerabilities in a future BRAC round, the second of two recent actions the state has taken to preserve military missions located throughout Virginia. The Spectrum Group will visit each of the state’s installations and develop a closure risk assessment for each …

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