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Posts Tagged ‘economic impact’

Local, State Initiatives Advance to Shield Letterkenny Army Depot from Cuts

  • November 24, 2014
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Officials in south central Pennsylvania are moving ahead with multiple initiatives to strengthen Letterkenny Army Depot and the region in the event of a future BRAC. At this point, though, L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., is confident Letterkenny’s immediate future is secure. “Right now Letterkenny is very stable with everything going on in the world,” Ross, who also serves as chairman of Team Letterkenny, told the Franklin County Council of Governments last week …

Army Realignment Should Be Conducted under BRAC, Community Leaders Say

  • November 23, 2014
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The decision-making process the Army is using to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 by fiscal 2020 lacks transparency, say leaders in two Army communities that stand to lose thousands of troops as officials decide what installations will lose up to 70,000 soldiers. Instead, the Army’s force structure realignments should be made through a formal BRAC round, they say. “No one is comfortable with the process of this whole drawdown and the way it’s being managed. The citizens at large, Congress, the Army — nobody’s happy with this process. … The meat-cleaver approach that is being taken to defense spending is unconscionable,” said John Crutchfield, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce …

Aviation Restructuring Prompts Loss of Ft. Campbell Brigade

  • November 23, 2014
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Fort Campbell, Ky., will lose a 2,400-soldier combat aviation brigade by next October as part of an Army aviation restructuring initiative, officials announced last week. The decision to eliminate the post’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade also will mean the departure of 3,800 family members and result in cascading economic impacts in the surrounding community. “The loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell will have a wide-ranging effect both on and off the installation on many levels …

Army Officials Meet with Coastal Georgia Leaders about Plans for Drawdown

  • November 17, 2014
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Local and business leaders from Hinesville, Ga., and the surrounding region on Monday told Army officials from Washington about the critical role Fort Stewart plays in the local community as well as the long-standing support provided by the post’s neighbors. On Monday night, the Army was scheduled to hold its first listening session to gather public input before deciding how to realign active-duty forces as the service shrinks by up to 70,000 soldiers to an end strength of 420,000. The Army plans to hold public listening sessions at a total of 30 installations that potentially could lose thousands of military and civilian personnel …

Army to Schedule Listening Sessions for Second Round of Troop Cuts

  • November 16, 2014
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The Army’s plan to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020 will not require it to conduct an environmental impact statement, officials announced last week after concluding the realignment will not result in significant environmental impacts. The Army’s decision to issue a final “Finding of No Significant Impact” had been expected and means officials can begin to hold local community listening sessions to receive public input that will be considered when making force structure decisions. Officials also will rely on the analysis of environmental and socioeconomic impacts performed for the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released in June to identify specific units and organizations that will be reduced in the upcoming years …

Navy Weighs in on Concord Weapons Station Reuse Plan

  • October 20, 2014
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The Navy has issued a draft environmental impact statement for the reuse of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California, bringing the city of Concord one step closer to gaining ownership of the 5,000-acre property. The study evaluates the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, which the city adopted in 2012, as well as an alternative that allows for higher intensity residential development. The city’s plan calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space on about 2,300 acres near the North Concord/Martinez BART station, with about 70 percent of the site preserved as parkland or open space …

Gamble Turns Pre-BRAC Closure into Thriving Technology Center

  • October 14, 2014
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Fifty-one years after local officials and business leaders in Greenville, S.C., made a bold decision to purchase the shuttered Donaldson Air Force Base from the government and convert it into an industrial park focusing on aviation, the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center is a key component of the region’s economy, Jody Bryson, the center’s president and CEO, writes in a commentary in the Greenville Online. The center is home to 99 companies, including technology, military, educational and advanced manufacturing firms. The center, which has an annual economic impact of $2 billion, hosts Donaldson Field, the largest general aviation airport in the state …

Navy Names NAS Lemoore as West Coast Home for F-35Cs

  • October 2, 2014
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The Navy will base a total of 100 F-35C fighter jets at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California, according to a record of decision officials announced Thursday. Local leaders cheered the decision, which had been expected since earlier this year, as it will expand the scope of the base’s existing mission, reported The Fresno Bee. The fifth-generation fighters will replace 70 aging F/A-18 Hornets now based at Lemoore. The number of aircraft based there may not reach 100 until 2028, however …

Washington State Receives $4.3M DOD Grant to Prepare for Downsizing

  • September 29, 2014
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Washington state will received a $4.3 million grant from DOD to support local efforts to address the impact of potential downsizing of the military and the state’s defense industry, Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week. The grant, from the Office of Economic Adjustment, will help carry out a statewide strategy to minimize the impacts of military downsizing on regional businesses and communities. The plan, developed in collaboration with the Washington Military Alliance and the Department of Commerce, will: assess the extent of the military and defense contracting footprint in the state; create a strategy and support system to reduce the exposure of regional businesses that are overly reliant on defense spending …

Take Your Community to Work Day at Redstone Arsenal

  • September 24, 2014
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A community group dedicated to cultivating local leaders visited Redstone Arsenal last week to provide participants a greater understanding of the installation’s missions and its role in the economy of the Huntsville, Ala., region. “This community has a huge impact on the region and state,” Garrison Commander Col. Bill Marks told the class from Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. “The estimated total number of jobs either directly or indirectly related to Redstone is near 104,000 across the entire Tennessee Valley …

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