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Posts Tagged ‘economic impact’

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 …

Comments to Downsizing Analysis Surge Past 100,000, Army Says

  • September 22, 2014
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Defense communities have submitted more than 108,000 comments to Army Environmental Command in response to the service’s assessment of the environmental and economic impacts expected from shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops by 2020. By the time officials finish counting all of the comments sent in response to the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (PEA), the total likely will surpass 110,000 comments, spokeswoman Cathy Kropp told Defense Communities 360. Of the 108,411 comments the command has processed, 105,119 were either form letters or petition signatures …

Stakes are High for Hospitality Industry over Next Round of Army Cuts

  • September 14, 2014
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Fifty weeks out of the year thousands of family members travel to Fort Jackson to celebrate the graduation of a close relative from basic training, accounting for $45 million a year in direct spending in the Midlands region of South Carolina. For the dozens of hotels and restaurants near the post in Columbia, the Army’s next round of personnel cuts — slated to shrink its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops — offer the prospect of a significant reduction in economic activity as Fort Jackson faces losing almost half of its personnel …

Military Remains Economic Engine for San Antonio despite Cutbacks

  • September 11, 2014
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Despite a shrinking military — and the loss of two Air Force bases since 2001 — DOD’s presence in San Antonio has continued to grow through new military health care, training and cybersecurity missions. Earlier this summer, a Joint Base San Antonio briefing said the three installations that make it up — Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases, and Fort Sam Houston — had an $8.1 billion payroll and are responsible for 292,456 direct and indirect jobs, reported the San Antonio Express-News. A 2011 study by the city found that almost 190,000 people were employed as a result of the joint base, generating a $27.7 billion annual economic impact. Following BRAC 2005, DOD spent $3.3 billion on construction at Joint Base San Antonio. The region’s veteran population also has a significant footprint. The 55,000 military retirees in Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, produce a $2.2 billion annual economic impact, according to the story.

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