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Posts Tagged ‘economic impact’

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 …

Bremerton Businesses Buoyed by Return of Aircraft Carrier

  • May 14, 2013
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Car dealerships, restaurants and many other businesses in Bremerton, Wash., know when an aircraft carrier has returned to its homeport at Naval Base Kitsap, located in West Puget Sound. Many car dealerships said sales jumped last week by 10 percent to 20 percent due to the return of the USS John C. Stennis, reported the Kitsap Sun. The impact of the carrier’s arrival on area housing will not become apparent as quickly. Many Stennis sailors take leave after their deployment, choosing to leave the area or return to their hometowns before returning to Bremerton. Some also have on-base options. And if past behavior holds true, in about nine months Harrison Medical Center likely will experience an uptick in births.

Impact of Automatic Spending Cuts Already Apparent in Arizona

  • April 29, 2013
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Sequestration has already made a dent in local economies throughout Arizona, where 43,000 workers are employed by the defense industry, according to government officials. Government and business leaders are most concerned about the impact on smaller companies, the second- and third-tier companies in the defense supply chain, reported Politico. One challenge for officials is that there is no warning when smaller suppliers are affected by production cutbacks at larger manufacturers …

Effort to Create Military Task Force Dies in Montana Legislature

  • April 21, 2013
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Legislation to create a statewide task force to prepare Montana for a future BRAC round was struck down last week in the state Senate despite apparent support. The bill, which would have created a military strategic and economic impact task force, passed the House last month. A Senate committee held a hearing on the measure, but Democratic leadership in the legislature ultimately tabled it, reported the Great Falls Tribune …

Army to Name Posts to Lose Brigades this Summer, Hammack Says

  • April 14, 2013
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The Army plans to determine by the end of the summer the locations that would lose brigade combat teams and additional personnel as the service carries out its plan to trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. The Army is considering two primary options to rebalance its force structure as it draws down from 562,000 to 490,000 troops to accommodate declining budgets over the coming decade. Under the first, the Army would inactivate a minimum of eight brigade combat teams …

Army to Gather Community Input on Impacts of Force Reduction

  • April 3, 2013
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Army officials will solicit comments from community leaders and other residents about the potential impacts of the service’s plan to trim its end strength by 80,000 soldiers during listening sessions scheduled at 30 locations throughout April. “The Army values community input to make the best decisions and to mitigate, as much as possible, the impact on local communities,” said Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry …

Montana Legislature Advances Bill to Create Military Task Force

  • March 27, 2013
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The Montana House on Wednesday approved a measure to establish a statewide task force to prepare the state for a future BRAC round. The bill, which now goes to the state Senate, would create a “military strategic and economic impact task force,” reported the Great Falls Tribune. HB 579 would provide the task force $163,000 in annual funding through June 30, 2015, for administration and $250,000 to conduct a study of the military’s economic impact in Montana …

Support Group Launches BRAC Evaluation to Gauge Robins’ Standing among Depots

  • March 25, 2013
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The 21st Century Partnership, the community partner for Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has commissioned a series of 15 studies for $175,000 to assess how the installation compares to 12 other service depots as part of its effort to prepare for a future BRAC round. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is conducting the studies, which will evaluate Robins’ strengths and weaknesses on 15 different military and community factors, including education, encroachment and economic impact …

Communities Push for an Advantage as Army Considers Drawdown Scenarios

  • March 24, 2013
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Army Environmental Command received thousands of responses to its assessment of the service’s plan to trim its active duty end strength from 562,000 to 490,000 by fiscal 2020 before the public comment period ended last week. “We get about 200 comments a day,” spokeswoman Cathy Kropp told the Ledger-Enquirer. “We are getting boxes in the mail.” As of last week, the installations receiving the most comments were Fort Polk, La.; Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and Fort Carson, Colo. …

Business Owners outside Installation Gates Face Loss in Sales

  • March 13, 2013
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The small businesses in communities that support military and civilian workers at installations are bracing for declining revenue as defense officials trim spending on contracts and base support services, and civilian personnel begin one-day-a-week furloughs, reports Air Force Times. “Our business is about 90 percent military,” said a used car dealer located about a half-mile from the main gates at Fort Bragg, N.C. “This is a military town. It is going to affect us all. When there’s a cut, people are scared to spend …

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