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Posts Tagged ‘growth communities’

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 …

OEA Splits BRAC Transportation Funds among Four Communities

  • November 1, 2011
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Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, San Antonio and Lakewood, Wash., will share $300 million for transportation projects needed to improve access to medical facilities affected by BRAC 2005, DOD announced Tuesday. The biggest winner was Fairfax County, Va., which was awarded $180 million to widen 3.5 miles of Route 1 that accesses Fort Belvoir’s main post …

Final Deal for Ft. Meade EUL Remains Elusive

  • October 24, 2011
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The shift of several defense agencies to Fort Meade, Md., under BRAC is complete, but a final deal with a developer to build a massive office park on the post still has not been reached. The enhanced use lease agreement, which has been under negotiation since 2006, would allow Trammell Crow to construct 10 or more buildings totaling 1.7 million square feet of office space on a 170-acre campus …

Lack of Qualified Candidates Leaves Job Openings at Aberdeen

  • October 16, 2011
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Military and community officials point to shortcomings in local higher education offerings as a primary reason they have been unable to fill job openings at the missions that have recently moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Many of the jobs available at Army Communications-Electronics Command require specialized degrees that cannot be obtained in Aberdeen and Harford County …

Quantico Region Handling BRAC Growth

  • October 13, 2011
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The area surrounding Marine Corps Base Quantico in northern Virginia has skirted significant increases in traffic and school enrollment after adding nearly 3,000 new jobs to the installation, according to the Quantico Growth Management Committee. Many workers are commuting from their homes in the Washington, D.C., metro area rather than moving to the Potomac communities …

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