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No Draft Required: States Increasingly Volunteer to Support Military Installations, ADC Report Reveals

  • December 19, 2014
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State support for military installations has grown steadily over the past two decades, marked by a sharp increase in the number of states forming organizations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their bases, along with an expansion in the amount and kinds of support invested, according to a new report from the Association of Defense Communities. Only a few states had military affairs organizations prior to 1990, but now 34 states have such organizations. Much of the growth has occurred since the 2005 round of base closures, with the looming threat to military installations resulting from stringent spending caps on the Pentagon’s budget and significant excess capacity in DOD’s infrastructure accounting for the heightened awareness on the state level of the importance of defense facilities …

Note from the Editor

  • November 24, 2014
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DC 360 will take the rest of the week off due to the holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and look for the next issue on Dec. 1.

Can Base Redevelopment Projects Attract Young Entrepreneurs?

  • October 21, 2014
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When it comes to site selection, the next generation of entrepreneurs is looking for a set of attributes much different than their parents were. Millennials are placing a much greater emphasis on accessible work locations with plenty of live and play options. That means a focus on amenities such shopping and eating, and outdoor spaces for recreation. Next month’s 2014 Base Redevelopment Forum in San Francisco will feature a special session on the needs of young entrepreneurs designed to help local redevelopment authorities better prepare and market their properties …

ADC Earns Tax Status for Charitable Organizations

  • October 9, 2014
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The IRS has granted ADC designation as a tax-exempt, charitable organization, a change association leadership sought to allow it to continue its close working relationship with DOD and other federal agencies. The new 501(c)(3) designation, which is used by nonprofits whose mission is primarily educational, will better align with ADC’s mission and services. For the past three decades ADC had been a 501(c)(6) organization, a designation typically used by business leagues to unite individuals with a common business purpose. 501(c)(6) organizations recently have come under increased scrutiny because of their ability to engage in political activity, with federal agencies beginning to consider the possibility of curtailing their participation with such groups …

Note from the Editor

  • September 24, 2014
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360 will not be published on Friday. Look for the next issue on Monday, Sept. 29 and enjoy the weekend!

Panel Points to Funding, Water Supply, Security as Key Installation Challenges

  • September 18, 2014
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With declining budgets for sustainment and construction, and facilities continuing to deteriorate, installation officials throughout DOD are facing “doom and gloom,” John Conger, the department’s acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said during the opening session at this week’s ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. As officials face greater risks regarding the condition of their infrastructure, though, they will be forced to consider innovative ideas to operate their bases more efficiently that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. “People are going to be more willing to try new things,” Conger said …

Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

Installations to Increasingly Rely on Communities for Services, Top Officials Say

  • September 15, 2014
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Communities will play an increasingly important role in providing on-base support as the military services attempt to cope with declining budgets for installation support in the next decade, a panel of DOD’s top installations officials said Monday at the ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. The Pentagon’s new authority for installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with state and local governments to share base support services — enacted in January 2013 as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill — will provide a tremendous boon to the military, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of the House Armed Services Committee, told the event’s 120 participants. “We are on the precipice of a significant change in terms of installation support …

Note from the Editor

  • August 26, 2014
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360 will be taking an extended break for Labor Day weekend and will next publish on Sept. 2. Enjoy the weekend!

Note from the Editor

  • August 14, 2014
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360 will be taking a break next week. Stay cool and look for the next issue on Aug. 25.

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