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Hotel Groundbreaking at Brooks City Base Could Prompt Additional Development

  • August 28, 2015
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Last week’s groundbreaking at Brooks City Base for an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel could mark the start of a boom in investment in the hotel and tourism industry at the project located on San Antonio’s South Side. One factor expected to play a role in boosting tourism south of downtown San Antonio is the recent designation by UNESCO of the city’s five historic missions — the Alamo and four other Spanish colonial missions — as a World Heritage Site, reports the San Antonio Business Journal. Three of the missions are near Brooks. “I expect that the World Heritage designation of our missions will only lead to additional opportunities,” Brooks City Base President Leo Gomez told the publication. Brooks needed to convince Phoenix Hospitality Group, which will develop and manage the new Embassy Suites, to take a chance on the Southeast Side …

OEA Grants to Help Virginia, Kentucky Bolster Defense Economies

  • August 25, 2015
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The commonwealths of Virginia and Kentucky plan to use new grants from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to support companies and workers affected by defense cutbacks and boost defense-related economic development. Virginia’s $5.4 million community planning grant will be used to assist communities, businesses and employees in defense-related areas respond to reductions in DOD spending; expand entrepreneurship opportunities for defense-related employees and businesses; and support displaced defense contractors seek other employment opportunities, according to a press release from Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). “Virginia has taken the lead in identifying businesses potentially impacted by the recent defense reductions and worked with state, community and business leaders to develop meaningful programs to address the issues,” McAuliffe said. “With these funds, Virginia will provide direct support to companies as they transition to alternative markets …

Army Lab Forges Research Partnership with Maryland Groups

  • August 7, 2015
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The Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week established a formal partnership with local education, industry and workforce organizations to strengthen collaboration between researchers with the goal of delivering new technologies to the Army and further developing the region’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — workforce. One focus of the partnership will be the development of an open campus at Aberdeen Proving Ground which will provide space for researchers, industry and educators to collaborate on the development of new military technology. The Army Research Laboratory previously established a pilot open campus near the University of Maryland in College Park, where more than 465 people are working, reported the Baltimore Sun. “In the future, we hope to have a campus-like environment at APG where we can have groups come in and share experience and share facilities with Army researchers and government researchers,” said Thomas Russell, director of the Army lab …

Plans to Attract Defense Firms to Eastern Oklahoma Advance

  • August 4, 2015
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Plans to foster the defense industry in McAlester moved ahead last week after the city council voted to accept a $193,257 award from the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission. Leroy Alsup, the city’s community and economic development director, proposed dedicating $93,000 of the award to a planned defense industrial park that may be located next to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in eastern Oklahoma, reported McAlester News. The city is waiting for the Army to update the plant’s strategic plan before determining where the industrial park would go, Alsup said. A site outside the plant’s gates would make sense if a defense company were willing to move to McAlester …

Maryland Town Looks for Development Strategies to Raise Quality of Life for Navy Engineers

  • July 30, 2015
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In an effort to help Naval Support Facility Indian Head retain the younger members of its highly educated workforce, the town of Indian Head, Md., is looking for ways to offer amenities desired by millennials. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the largest tenant command at Indian Head, has not experienced difficulties attracting qualified engineers. It plans on hiring up to 250 engineers this year. The command’s problem is that new engineers are leaving after an average of 11 months. “And that’s something as a community we’ve got to address,” Brian Klaas, co-chairman of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council, said at the group’s meeting on Monday …

FAA Taps England Air Park for Military Airport Program

  • July 30, 2015
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The Federal Aviation Administration selected Alexandria International Airport, located at the former England Air Force Base in central Louisiana, to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP), providing the airport funds for a major apron rehabilitation project. Alexandria was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the second straight year FAA has picked only one participant. A total of 15 airports can participate in the program at one time. The England Economic & Industrial Development District, which is responsible for turning the former air base into England Air Park, is expected to receive about $9 million because of this designation …

Virginia Installations Poised for Growth, Governor’s Commission Concludes

  • July 23, 2015
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There are a variety of actions Virginia officials can take — including investing in infrastructure on and outside military bases, and taking advantage of DOD’s new shared services authority — to expand the missions at its military installations, according to a recent report released by the Governor’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. The commission’s 20 recommendations are intended to leverage changes in military policy to position the commonwealth to continue innovation and leadership in its military operations. The report, which was based on a “strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats” analysis, focuses on four key areas of opportunity: improving how the nation develops its military leaders; advancing research, testing, evaluation and development of emergent technologies; investing in infrastructure to foster the growth of new missions …

Anchorage’s Civilian Economy Could Use Several Thousand Veterans

  • July 23, 2015
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While the Army’s plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will have some negative effects on Anchorage’s economy, transitioning personnel who elect to stay in the area will boost the local labor pool and have an opportunity to significantly benefit the region, according to a commentary published in the Alaska Dispatch News. Anchorage employers from a range of sectors have said they have job openings that are difficult to fill because of a lack of qualified candidates, write Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., and Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. The city has only 8,500 unemployed workers. “The troops and their families who are facing the upcoming military drawdown are professional, skilled workers, and we have the jobs for them right here in Anchorage and Alaska. The Army’s loss is Alaska’s gain …

Planning Agency to Craft Diversification Plan following loss of Aviation Brigade at Ft. Campbell

  • July 9, 2015
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The Pennyrile Area Development District will receive a $393,348 community adjustment assistance grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to mitigate the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield (R) announced last week. The planning district for western Kentucky will use the funds to put together an economic diversification and growth plan for a six-county region in Kentucky and Tennessee. The plan will examine earlier and proposed reductions; assess the impacts of those reductions; identify and analyze the capacity of the region in several key areas; and define strategies for local, regional and state leadership needed to mitigate impacts and spur growth in the area …

EUL Brings Health Care Firm’s Call Center to Ellsworth AFB

  • July 2, 2015
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A Virginia-based health care management firm is opening a call center at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on the first floor of a building used by the Air Force’s Financial Services Center. Advance Health is leasing the space through the enhanced use leasing program. Base officials worked through the governor’s office of economic development and the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority to court Advance Health, which was looking for a more central and western location for a call center, reported the Rapid City Journal. “We have our first success with that program,” said Scott Landguth, director of the Ellsworth Development Authority …

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