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Posts Tagged ‘growth communities’

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 …

N. Virginia Delegation Achieves Goal of Limiting Mark Center Parking

  • December 18, 2011
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The Northern Virginia congressional delegation celebrated a long-fought victory Friday, after language capping parking at the Mark Center in Alexandria was included in the conference agreement for the fiscal 2012 omnibus spending bill reached last week. The provision limits parking at the complex to roughly 2,000 spaces until DOD can demonstrate that congestion hasn’t reached failing levels at intersections surrounding the complex …

Policy Bill Requires DOD to Find New Funding Sources for Road Improvements

  • December 13, 2011
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Language urging DOD to expand funding for public transportation improvements needed to accommodate military growth is included in the conference agreement for the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill. The provision calls for the Economic Adjustment Committee to meet within 90 days after the legislation is enacted to consider additional funding sources for the Defense Access Roads program …

Latest IG Report Prompts Renewed Calls for Parking Cap at Mark Center

  • December 1, 2011
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Virginia lawmakers renewed their calls to limit parking at the Mark Center, following a report from DOD’s inspector general that revealed serious flaws in the Army’s analysis of the traffic impacts that would result from moving 6,400 DOD headquarters workers to the Alexandria complex. So far only 2,300 employees have moved into the building, but traffic already has been reduced to minimum acceptable standards …

Siting Training Ranges on Guam Will Take Two Years, Navy Says

  • November 16, 2011
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The Navy will need at least two more years to conduct environmental studies needed to determine where to place live-fire rifle and grenade ranges that would be used by 8,600 Marines slated to move from Okinawa to Guam. The update came in a filing in Hawaii district court Tuesday by the U.S. government in a year-old lawsuit initiated by island residents trying to stop the Navy from constructing the ranges …

Federal Funds to Pay for Northern Virginia Ridesharing Program

  • November 15, 2011
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The Federal Highway Administration has awarded $450,000 to the state of Virginia to implement a dynamic ridesharing program to address BRAC-related traffic in the Washington region. Through a range of cash incentives, the value pricing program will recruit 500 drivers and 1,000 riders, focusing on employees whose commutes were affected by BRAC …

Conference Agreement Drops Language Urging EDA to Support Defense Communities

  • November 15, 2011
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A House-Senate conference committee hashing out differences between the two chambers’ versions of three fiscal 2012 spending bills ditched language urging the Economic Development Administration to provide support to defense communities affected by BRAC closures or mission growth through its various economic development assistance programs …

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