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Posts Tagged ‘growth communities’

Transportation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Promote Commuting Alternatives

  • March 10, 2013
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Leaders in northeastern Maryland and the surrounding region believe a new transportation center opening this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground will help make a dent in traffic congestion at the post by reducing workers’ reliance on single-occupant vehicles. The APG-Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor Transportation Center’s primary goal will be to encourage military and civilian employees of the post’s 90 tenant organizations and nearby defense contractors to consider alternative commuting options, including commuter rail, a private bus line providing service to New Jersey, car and vanpools, and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program …

State Legislation Would Provide New Tool for Huntsville to Support Arsenal

  • February 20, 2013
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Legislation approved Tuesday by the Alabama Senate is designed to offer Huntsville a new tactic for supporting Redstone Arsenal and, ultimately, lure new missions there in a future BRAC round. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, would allow city and county governments to spend public funds on federal property, but it is aimed at giving a boost to Redstone Arsenal …

Conferees Request Study on Federal Support for Community Infrastructure Projects

  • January 1, 2013
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House and Senate conferees to the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill want to learn about past examples of public infrastructure projects supported by federal agencies that were needed to accommodate growth at a military installation. Lawmakers inserted language in the joint explanatory statement to the measure’s conference report requesting the Defense Department to list all such projects carried out since FY 2001 that were supported by federal agencies other than DOD …

School Districts Capture $110M in Grants to Build New Facilities at Three Installations

  • December 12, 2012
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Children of service members at Fort Riley, Fort Polk and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake will attend class at new schools in a matter of years, following Tuesday’s announcement by the Defense Department that it is awarding $110.5 million to three public school districts to replace or renovate on-base facilities that are either in poor condition or overcrowded. Geary County Unified School District Number 475, Junction City, Kan., will receive $35.2 million to demolish and replace Fort Riley Middle School with a new 720-student school on the post to serve grades six through eight …

Planners Look to Demand Management to Alleviate Traffic Congestion at Ft. Meade

  • December 10, 2012
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Planners from an eight-county region surrounding Fort Meade, Md., are focusing on transportation demand management as their primary approach to address the traffic-clogged roads leading to the post located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The installation already has tripled the number of its employees in the last decade and is projected to grow from a workforce of 56,000 today to 70,000 over the next 20 years …

Military Adds $27B to San Antonio’s Economy

  • November 11, 2012
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San Antonio didn’t earn the moniker “Military City USA” for nothing. The economic impact of the military accounted for $27.7 billion and 189,000 jobs, directly and indirectly, in the region in 2011, city officials reported Thursday. The study, sponsored by the city’s Economic Development Department and Office of Military Affairs, found that DOD accounts for over 132,000 direct jobs in San Antonio, with Joint Base San Antonio the largest single employer in the community employing more than 92,000 personnel …

Navy to Expand Alternatives for Housing Marines on Guam

  • October 11, 2012
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The Navy will reassess where on Guam it will house thousands of Marines relocating from Okinawa and where it will construct a firing range in response to a substantially smaller realignment than officials previously considered. Among the new options officials will study for the main cantonment and family housing areas are Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam, which were initially dismissed because it was not believed they could accommodate a large force of Marines …

Growth at Ft. Bragg Overwhelms Neighboring County

  • September 16, 2012
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Harnett County, N.C., which lies on Fort Bragg’s northeastern border, is struggling to accommodate 776 new students this school year, with overcrowding school buses presenting the biggest problem. The county school system has capped enrollment at a high school close to the post when it became swamped with unexpected students after the new school year started, reported WTVD-TV. New students now are being sent to another county high school …

Even After BRAC, Redstone Continues to Grow

  • September 6, 2012
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Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week at Redstone Arsenal for the final phase of a complex that, when completed, will house more than 5,700 professionals working on air and missile defense. The last phase of the Von Braun Complex, scheduled to open in 2014, will provide space for 850 employees of the Missile Defense Agency, reports the Huntsville Times. The complex also houses Army Space and Missile Defense Command …

Road Improvements Expected to Bring Traffic Relief to Workers at Maryland Bases

  • August 30, 2012
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Tens of millions of dollars in road projects are under way at three Maryland installations that have gained significant new missions and personnel as a result of the 2005 round of base closures, reports the Baltimore Sun. An $18 million project to upgrade a key intersection leading to Aberdeen Proving Ground recently has begun, with work slated to continue for another year. Average daily traffic on one of the highways passing through the intersection has grown has grown almost 60 percent since the BRAC recommendations were announced. The other highway has experienced an increase in traffic of 3,000 daily vehicles …

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