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Ohio County Receives $3M OEA Grant to Mitigate Job Loss at Vehicle Plant

  • October 6, 2015
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Allen County in northwest Ohio has received a $3.0 million grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment for the second phase of efforts to support businesses and workers harmed by defense cutbacks at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), a government-owned, contractor-operated facility that produces tanks and military vehicles. The grant, which will be supplemented by more than $400,000 from local sources, will be used to implement strategies developed in the first phase to maintain and enhance the skill sets of workers at JSMC. The grant also will go toward setting up a social media presence for JSMC workforce development and funding for the commercialization of a new metal joining process at the Ohio Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Center …

Defense Bill Removes Hurdles for BRAC Sites to Take Advantage of HUBZone Program

  • October 1, 2015
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The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill provides a tremendous boost to base redevelopment projects attempting to attract tenants interested in qualifying for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program. Two key changes in the legislation, unveiled Tuesday by leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, would make it significantly easier for companies to meet the eligibility requirements of the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas. One change would expand the boundaries of BRAC-related HUBZones beyond the actual base, allowing businesses to hire employees from surrounding areas …

OEA Grant to Fund Workforce Diversification Effort in Southwest Ohio

  • September 20, 2015
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The Dayton, Ohio, region has been awarded a $7.0 million grant by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help diversify the area’s economic base as it responds to anticipated cutbacks in the defense industry. A collaborative effort among 11 local agencies and institutions will leverage the research and development capabilities at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to develop and produce market-ready technologies, reported the Dayton Business Journal. “This is another step in continuing to support our region’s greatest asset,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition …

$6M OEA Grant to Support Emerging Industries in Southeast Michigan

  • September 17, 2015
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The workforce development board for southeast Michigan plans to use a $6.0 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for retraining assistance for displaced workers, a market analysis, and supply chain and asset mapping to help the region recover from defense cutbacks, officials announced this week. The two-year grant will be administered by the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board and will be used to establish the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative, which will help affected workers shift into high-demand defense markets, reported Detroit Business. The market analysis will include a skills gap assessment; supply chain and asset mapping will help connect businesses with customers in emerging defense markets. The collaborative will target lightweight materials manufacturing; autonomous transportation and connected mobility, particularly electronics, sensors and components; and information technology such as cybersecurity for transportation systems and products …

San Antonio Quickly Pivoted in the Wake of Kelly AFB’s Pending Closure

  • September 9, 2015
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When the BRAC Commission announced 20 years ago that the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly Air Force Base would close, many local leaders, along with the center’s 13,000 workers, were understandably panicked. “We heard about people having heart attacks, people being really distraught,” Juan Solis, a councilman at the time, said in reference to the fallout in other places that experienced a base closure. But officials soon began putting together a reuse plan, which focused on using Kelly’s world-class runway to attract commercial aviation firms to the installation’s airside facilities. The plan similarly leveraged the city’s skilled aerospace workforce and a host of logistical advantages — its proximity to Mexico, location at the intersection of north-south and east-west interstates, and access to rail …

Ohio Communities in Running to Become UAS Test Sites for Air Force

  • September 1, 2015
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The Air Force is considering establishing a ground-based sense and avoid test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at one of two airfields in Ohio that would be used by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton. The Air Force, which is working with state officials, plans to select one or both sites within about six months, reported the Dayton Daily News. One candidate, the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, is the home of the Ohio Air National Guard and the other, Wilmington Air Park, is a former airbase. Local officials at the two sites expect to attract new jobs from companies involved in commercial drone testing if they are selected …

Quad Cities Manufacturers Look to Benefit from Wisconsin Defense Contract

  • September 1, 2015
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Manufacturers in the Quad Cities region are hoping to benefit from last week’s announcement that the Army awarded Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. a contract potentially worth $30 billion to build joint light tactical vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps. “We’re excited about this,” said Vicky Miller, director of Illinois-Procurement Technical Assistance Center. “This is a great bit of information for our region,” Miller told WQAD. Miller’s organization — which is supported by the Defense Logistics Agency, Department of Commerce and the state of Illinois — helps small businesses gain subcontracts with larger firms. Miller covers 10 counties in the northwest region of Illinois …

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 …

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