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Community of Stakeholders Needed to Support Installations’ Net Zero Initiative

  • March 2, 2015
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To ensure its success, the Army’s Net Zero Initiative — an effort to reduce the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — requires the support of a variety of stakeholders, including contractors, utility providers, municipalities, residents and regulatory agencies, according to the latest article published in the Journal of Defense Communities. Since the 17 pilot installations participating in the initiative were selected four years ago, these stakeholders have been collaborating with installation officials to realize the Army’s goals of slashing energy use and producing energy onsite from renewable sources, trimming water use while sustaining the local aquifer, and reducing solid waste streams. Carrying out Net Zero waste programs, for instance, requires greater interaction between the installation and local municipalities as the post may not have sufficient quantities of materials to make a recycling initiative viable …

FOAC Seeking Member Input on Legislative Ideas

  • February 24, 2015
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The ADC Federal Outreach Advisory Committee (FOAC) meets throughout the year to discuss the top federal legislative matters. The FOAC subcommittees for active-base communities and redevelopment communities will meet during Installation Innovation Forum 2015 in Monterey in March, and both are seeking member input on legislative ideas. If you have suggestions for legislative ideas the subcommittees should discuss, please contact ADC senior policy advisor Paul Kalomiris at

ADC Calls Special Membership Meeting to Vote on Bylaws Changes

  • February 18, 2015
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ADC will hold a special meeting next month at Installation Innovation Forum 2015 for its members to vote on two changes to its bylaws affecting the size and makeup of its board of directors. The first amendment would increase the size of the board from 12 to 13 members following the Defense Communities 2015 National Summit in June, and, starting next year, increase the number of directors to 14. The second amendment would alter existing guidelines calling for the board to maintain an equal balance among members from base redevelopment communities (LRAs), active defense communities and the private sector …

ADC Releases Updated Federal Directory

  • January 15, 2015
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To help members connect with key figures in D.C., ADC has released an updated version of its directory of nearly 100 contacts at the Pentagon, other federal agencies and non-governmental organizations whose work affects defense communities and their partner organizations. The federal directory lists contact information for senior-level officials in the office of the secretary of defense, including the Office of Economic Adjustment; each of the military services, along with their installation management agencies; and other Cabinet-level departments such as Housing and Urban Development, Labor and Commerce (Economic Development Administration). The directory also includes an extensive listing of non-governmental organizations such as the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the International City/County Management Association, the Military Impacted Schools Association and the National Association of Development Organizations. Visit the ADC website to read other recent publications.

ADC Overhauls Process, Criteria for Board Nominations

  • January 13, 2015
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ADC this year is revamping the process for nominating members to its board of directors and introducing new criteria for selecting candidates. The moves are intended to establish more formal policies for selecting directors, while ensuring the board features “the best and brightest” of the association’s members. Most significantly, the nominations committee no longer will focus on maintaining an equal balance among members from base redevelopment communities (LRAs), active defense communities and the private sector. The nominations committee, which is being chaired by past president Bob Murdock, now will strive to ensure that a simple majority of the board is from the public sector …

Help ADC Craft its 2015 Agenda for Federal Outreach

  • January 12, 2015
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If you fancy yourself an aficionado of inside-the-Beltway goings-on and are interested in helping ADC develop its policy strategy for 2015, consider joining the association’s Federal Outreach Advisory Committee (FOAC). FOAC develops ADC’s yearly legislative and policy priorities and advises the House and Senate Defense Community Caucuses. FOAC is divided into two subcommittees — one for active base communities and one for base redevelopment communities. To join FOAC, you must be an active ADC member in good standing and be willing to participate in regular conference calls. If you are interesting in submitting a nomination to join, contact Paul Kalomiris at (202) 822-5256 x440 or Paul rejoined the ADC staff in December after serving in multiple capacities over the past 15 years. He now serves as senior policy adviser.

Editor’s Note

  • December 22, 2014
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360 will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a safe and joyous holiday, and even happier new year! Look for the next edition of 360 on Jan. 6.

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 …

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