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Posts Tagged ‘economic development’

City Acts to Spur Development outside of Fort Polk

  • February 9, 2014
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The city of Leesville closed in on its goal of attracting commercial and residential development outside the gates of Fort Polk, after the city council last month approved an agreement allowing Leesville to acquire property needed for water infrastructure improvements along a highway and a proposed parkway connecting it to the post in west-central Louisiana. “The acquisition of water assets along La. 467 and the proposed parkway between La. 467 and La. 468 will bring us one step closer to creating a well-developed urban area just outside Fort Polk’s gates …

BRAC Spurred Wichita Falls to Diversify Its Economy

  • February 4, 2014
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Evidence of Wichita Falls’ effort to diversify its economy in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round can be seen throughout the city, with a number of projects focused on beautifying its downtown and enhancing its infrastructure. After Sheppard Air Force Base lost a key mission in the last base closure round, including 400 instructors and 7,000 students annually, the city crafted a plan for expanding its economic base by 2020 …

Forest City Drops out of Ft. McPherson Reuse Project

  • January 27, 2014
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Forest City Enterprises severed ties with the effort to convert the former Fort McPherson in southwestern Atlanta into a mixed-use, walkable community, the company said last week. The departure of Cleveland-based Forest City still leaves two local firms involved with the redevelopment of the 486-acre site — Cousins Properties and Integral Group. “We’re local. We’re not going anywhere,” said Larry Gellerstedt, chief executive of Cousins Properties …

Orlando Leaders Need State Money to Protect Simulation Cluster

  • January 22, 2014
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Central Florida leaders plan to ask state lawmakers for funding to expand an Orlando research park that is home to key components of the region’s defense simulation cluster, as part of an effort to stave off a possible move by DOD to realign those assets to other locations with simulation and training specialties. A coalition of political, education and business leaders is hoping to add a $60 million complex to the Central Florida Research Park that would be leased at no cost to the military. Most importantly, the new facilities would provide space for DOD to expand at the park …

North Carolina Needs to Diversify Economies of Defense Communities, Official Says

  • January 8, 2014
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In anticipation of the significant changes coming to military installations in eastern North Carolina, state officials are considering investing in industries that won’t be affected by the defense drawdown. “We are trying to diversify the economy of eastern North Carolina and the whole state. We want to surround our military installations with business that will last as our situation ebbs and flows,” said Sharon Decker, the state’s secretary of commerce …

Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites

  • January 2, 2014
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Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

Senate Caucus Highlights Veterans Issues, Community Partnering for Congressional Staff

  • December 15, 2013
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Lawmakers, DOD officials and local leaders addressed some of the most pressing issues for active-base communities at the first-ever Senate Defense Communities Caucus-hosted briefing last week, including military-community partnering, economic development and veterans’ quality of life. “Communities being responsive and welcoming to transitioning veterans, and thinking outside of the box to find solutions when working with the military are important in this time of tighter budgets,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) …

TexAmericas Center Needs Senior Economic Developer

  • November 21, 2013
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TexAmericas Center, New Boston, Texas, is presently seeking a nationally recognized economic development professional to lead its economic development activities, tenant retention, and all marketing and sales functions. The executive vice president and chief economic development officer will report to the executive director/CEO and will have broad authority and the resources necessary to direct the development activity at TexAmericas Center …

Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

University Facility to Support Business Incubator outside of Pax River

  • November 11, 2013
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An agreement between the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), University System of Maryland and the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance brings the planning for a new research and development center near Patuxent River Naval Air Station one step closer. When completed, the facility will house a research and a business incubator …

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