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Posts Tagged ‘economic impact’

Surrounding Communities Still Struggle 20 Years after Chanute Closure

  • October 30, 2013
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Despite initial setbacks in redeveloping the former Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul has witnessed incredible commercial business development in the past five years, but the closure continues to ripple through the surrounding communities…

Growth in Cyber Missions at Fort Meade Spurs Construction Boom outside Gates

  • October 15, 2013
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Rapid growth at Fort Meade, located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Md., has transformed its surrounding community with an influx of new employees and high-paying jobs. As the longtime home of the National Security Agency, Fort Meade is the center of electronic intelligence and cyber operations for the nation. Growth around the post was spurred by the creation of U.S. Cyber Command in 2010 and relocation of the Defense Information Systems Agency in 2011 …

Businesses Bordering New Jersey Base Urge End to Government Shutdown

  • October 3, 2013
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The impact of this week’s government shutdown is all too clear to the mayor of Wrightstown, the central New Jersey town outside the front gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Traffic on the way to the installation in the morning is down by 60 to 70 percent, said Tom Harper from the vantage point of his Liberty gas station. And a drop in the number of cars is bad for Harper’s business and dozens of others in Wrightstown …

Shutdown Expected to Exacerbate Impact of Retrenchment in Defense Communities

  • October 2, 2013
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Coming on the heels of sequestration and planned reductions in troop strength, the government shutdown is the latest piece of bad news for businesses that support the nation’s military installations. Communities which depend on the military for a significant portion of their economic output are particularly vulnerable, especially following the boom in military contracting since 9/11. The Fayetteville, N.C., region, which is home to Fort Bragg, relies on the military for 37 percent of its business …

Fort Polk Ranks as Louisiana’s Top Military Source of Spending

  • September 16, 2013
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DOD spending at installations, defense contracts and payments to military retirees generated a total economic impact of $8.7 billion in Louisiana in fiscal 2012, according to the summary of a study commissioned by the state. Fort Polk had the single largest impact of the state’s seven major military facilities, contributing $1.3 billion to the state’s economy. The post was responsible for 16,000 jobs and almost $600 million in payroll …

Plan in Place to Secure Future of W.Va. Air Base, Governor Says

  • August 20, 2013
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Charleston Air National Guard Base would get a new access road and practice airstrip, under a plan announced Monday by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) to address concerns raised during the 2005 round of BRAC and secure the future of the 130th Airlift Wing. Building a new access route to the base — which requires construction of a bridge over the Elk River — would allow officials to close the current public road serving the facility. That route currently poses a security risk to the base …

Senate Appropriators Support Drawdown from Lajes Field

  • August 8, 2013
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The Defense Department should try to minimize the local economic impact from the Air Force’s plan to consolidate its force structure and operations at Lajes Field on the Portuguese island of Terceira in the Azores, according to the report of the Senate Appropriations Committee that accompanies the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill. The committee said it recognizes the fiscal constraints prompting the Air Force’s planned drawdown at Lajes, but indicated it was concerned about the effect on host country civilian positions and the local economy …

Local Officials Look to Use State Funds to Buffer Davis-Monthan AFB

  • August 6, 2013
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Officials in Pima County, Ariz., striving to protect Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from encroachment intend to apply for state funds to purchase land on the installation’s east border. The effort would help ensure the survival of the base located in Tucson while providing a buffer from noise, Bruce Dusenberry, former president of DM-50, the installation’s local support group, told Some residents neighboring the installation, however, say the money would be better spent protecting their homes from aircraft noise …

OEA Offering Planning Support to Communities, States Affected by DOD Cutbacks

  • June 18, 2013
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Communities and states affected by significant cutbacks in DOD spending, including impacts caused by reduced operations at contractor-operated defense facilities, can apply for community planning assistance from the Office of Economic Adjustment to help them respond. Eligible impacts, according to the June 17 Federal Register notice, include: a publicly announced planned major reduction in DOD spending; the closure or significantly reduced operations of a defense facility as the result of the merger, acquisition or consolidation of the defense contractor operating the defense facility; the cancellation or termination of a DOD contract; or the failure to proceed with an approved major weapon system program …

Kansas, Oklahoma Tapped to Host KC-46A Missions

  • May 22, 2013
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Defense communities in central Kansas and southwestern Oklahoma likely secured long-term missions Wednesday, after the Air Force selected McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., as the main operating base for the KC-46A and Altus AFB, Okla., as the formal training unit for the next generation tanker. Pease Air Guard Station, N.H., was picked as the main operating base led by an Air National Guard unit …

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