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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 …

Massachusetts Agency Launches Economic Diversification Study

  • June 29, 2015
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The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) has launched an economic diversification study to help the state cope with cutbacks in DOD spending by becoming less dependent on defense contracting. The organization recently was awarded a $400,000 grant from MassDevelopment, a state agency that received a $1.5 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. MassMEP will help companies reposition toward commercial markets, Jack Healy, its president, told the Telegram. A large number of manufacturers providing critical systems to the defense industry will have a difficulty surviving when their customers diminish. The grant also will expand an initiative allowing undergraduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to teach a training curriculum to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Of the about 87,000 jobs in the state supported by the defense industry, 43,000 are direct jobs, Healy said. The 87,000 positions do not include research and development or Small Business Innovation Research grant jobs. The study is expected to be completed in March 2016.

Amid Diversification, Goodyear Continues to Leverage Presence of Luke AFB

  • June 18, 2015
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The city of Goodyear, a suburb of Phoenix located close by Luke Air Force Base, is trying to recruit a mix of civilian and defense companies to take over a 500,000-square-foot aerospace campus no longer used by Lockheed Martin. Goodyear had enjoyed an extended run as an aerospace hub since World War II, when it began to build military aircraft, before shifting to dirigibles and surveillance systems. That activity started to wind down in 2009, and when sequestration hit in 2013 Lockheed cut its workforce from 600 to 50, reported National Defense. “We would like to recruit more aviation, aerospace and cyber security companies,” said Harry Paxton, Goodyear’s economic development project manager …

Texas Communities to Pursue Higher Level of Funding to Support Installations

  • June 10, 2015
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After securing $30 million in defense economic adjustment assistance in Texas’ budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium to help support local installations, defense communities in the state are going to continue their campaign for $150 million to fend off a looming BRAC round. The lobbyist for Texas Mayors of Military Communities intends to meet with lawmakers from districts without bases to explain the significance of the state’s military presence, reports the El Paso Times. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had initially proposed allocating $30 million to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the new budget, but lawmakers almost ignored the request …

Arkansas Legislature Endorses Incentive Package for Lockheed Martin

  • May 28, 2015
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Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved an $87 million bond issue to allow Lockheed Martin to build joint light tactical vehicles for the Army and Marine Corps at its facility in Camden. The Maryland-based defense contractor would only receive the incentive package if it wins a DOD contract, which is expected to be awarded this summer. The company is competing against Indiana-based AM General and Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense. The joint light tactical vehicle would replace the Humvee made by AM General. With the incentive package, Lockheed has said it would create 589 jobs and retain 556 at its plant in southern Arkansas …

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