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Posts Tagged ‘growth communities’

El Paso Leaders Contemplate Coming BRAC Round

  • January 17, 2012
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Despite the overwhelming amount of growth that has come to Fort Bliss as a result of BRAC 2005, El Paso officials are getting ready to defend the installation in the event a new round of base closures is announced. “At this point, we want to create a sense of urgency. As far as economic development is concerned, this is an extremely high priority …

Secretary Applauds El Paso’s Contribution to Growth, Deployments

  • January 16, 2012
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Secretary Leon Panetta last week thanked elected officials and business leaders in El Paso for supporting the soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, as well as the $5 billion construction campaign carried out over the past five years to prepare the post for the arrival of thousands of new service members. “We can’t do it alone. … Defending America is a team effort. It’s a joint effort on the part of our troops and their families, but it also includes the people of communities like El Paso …

Experts Debate Impact of Budget Cuts at Ft. Bragg

  • January 11, 2012
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Fort Bragg, home of Army Special Operations Command and two new commands due to BRAC, likely will experience fewer budget cuts than other installations as the Defense Department identifies $487 billion in spending cuts over the coming decade. One national security analyst, however, believes Bragg could suffer the loss of a substantial mission if DOD is forced to absorb additional cuts of up to $500 billion …

Cyber Commands to Bring 2,800 Jobs to Ft. Meade

  • January 10, 2012
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Fort Meade will gain a total of 2,800 workers due to the growth of U.S. Cyber Command headquarters and the services’ own cyber activities, according to new data released by Anne Arundel County, Md. About 1,000 workers are expected by the end of fall 2012 at the installation located between Baltimore and Washington, and an additional 1,800 are expected by the end of 2016 …

Expansion of Northern Virginia Facilities Spawning More than Just Traffic

  • January 5, 2012
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Mission growth at Fort Belvoir already has boosted economic development along the historic Route 1 corridor in Northern Virginia, increasing demand for office space from defense contractors and raising hotel occupancy rates …

Smart Phone App to Drive Ride-Sharing to Northern Virginia Facilities

  • January 4, 2012
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A Northern Virginia planning organization is investing $600,000 in a pilot ride-sharing program intended to encourage drivers to Fort Belvoir, the Mark Center or Marine Corps Base Quantico to car pool as a way to reduce congestion on the region’s congested highways stemming from BRAC. The real-time, ride-sharing program, which is open to military employees and contractors, relies on a smart phone app to allow commuter to find rides, akin to the informal “slugging” system which commuters use to get a lift on I-95 …

Army Installations Strain to Handle Swelling Populations

  • December 21, 2011
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At Fort Bliss, where the post’s population has tripled to 27,000 soldiers and is estimated to peak at 30,600 by 2014, evidence of the tremendous effort to prepare for the surge can be seen all over the installation. One of the most noticeable improvements is Freedom Crossing, a lifestyle center featuring a post exchange, commissary, restaurants and a 10-screen movie theater …

Eastern North Carolina Planning Group to Sunset in 2013

  • December 20, 2011
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North Carolina’s Eastern Region Military Growth Task Force, a planning group created in 2008 to respond to the growth of nearly 17,000 personnel at a handful of military bases, will shut down in early 2013, the Daily News reported. The task force was intended to be temporary and a regional framework should be in place by its target closure date, said Executive Director Mark Sutherland …

Hammack Checks out BRAC Impact at Redstone Arsenal

  • December 20, 2011
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Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, visited Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., for three days last week to get a first-hand look at how the installation has responded to growth spawned by BRAC. The 2005 base closure round brought 4,650 people and $435 million in construction to the arsenal, causing its population to jump 40 percent …

State Awarded $15M Grant to Improve Access to Lewis-McChord

  • December 18, 2011
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The state of Washington last week was awarded a $15 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the traffic flow on I-5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord through the use of innovative traffic management strategies. The project is intended to add capacity to the interstate by managing demand and providing real-time information to drivers on the heavily congested, 15-mile-long corridor …

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