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Posts Tagged ‘News from ADC’

Murray Fights to Put Returning Veterans Back to Work

  • May 22, 2014
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Patty Murray has been a tireless advocate for veterans since joining the Senate, championing improved job training, expanded employment assistance and education benefits, increased funding for veterans health care and other benefits, housing assistance and accountability from the Veterans Affairs Department. The Washington senator’s efforts to address veteran unemployment culminated three years ago when legislation she authored, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, was cleared by Congress. The landmark, bipartisan legislation was designed to help put veterans back to work by providing job skills training as they leave the military and by easing the training and certification process they face …

Ft. Rucker Steps Up to Meet Energy Conservation Goals

  • May 21, 2014
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Fort Rucker has met the federal mandate to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015 head on, forming a partnership with Alabama Power that is slated to install more than $18 million in conservation measures and placing the post on a path to surpass the government’s original goal. Those cost-saving measures will save the southeastern Alabama installation almost $2 million a year, and include a variety of initiatives. The partnership installed a 51-kilowatt photovoltaic array at Fort Rucker that was paid for by the sale of three natural gas generators that were no longer operating …

Thompson Backed Recovery at Mare Island, Other BRAC Sites

  • May 20, 2014
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During his eight terms, California Rep. Mike Thompson has been an ardent advocate for the city of Vallejo’s effort to redevelop the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard as well as for base redevelopment communities across the nation. Last October, Thompson introduced legislation designed to attract tens of millions of dollars in private sector investment to communities attempting to recover from a base closure. The measure Thompson sponsored as a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee would have expanded the New Markets Tax Credit program by up to $100 million a year for communities that suffered a base closure or realignment …

Massachusetts Governor Leads Effort to Support Mission Needs of State’s Installations

  • May 19, 2014
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With the formation of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has spearheaded one of the nation’s most comprehensive efforts to support a state’s military installations and their host communities, advancing initiatives in workforce training, transportation, environment and energy, and housing. Through a robust partnership with the military, the state’s congressional delegation and all levels of state government, the task force has worked to strengthen the commonwealth’s six bases by enhancing their missions and facilities, and exploring opportunities to bring in new missions …

Collins Lends Support to Active, BRAC Communities

  • May 18, 2014
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Since she was first elected in 1996, Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) has been a champion of her state’s military installations and communities recovering from BRAC actions. Her longstanding support for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has resulted in the Navy spending tens of millions of dollars to upgrade its facilities. Funding to consolidate the shipyard’s structural shops was moved up to the Navy’s fiscal 2014 budget following a Navy report on improving the infrastructure needs of its four public shipyards …

Planning, Innovation Pave Way for Riverbank to Turn Ammo Plant into ‘Green’ Business Park

  • May 15, 2014
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Suffering from one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at the time the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant closed in 2010, the city of Riverbank, Calif., could not afford any further economic setbacks as it began to carry out the redevelopment plan which called for retaining the site’s light industrial focus with a “green” twist. Four short years later, the mixed-use business park located in the heart of California’s Central Valley has quadrupled its number of tenants, and now is home to 36 companies employing 300 people with an additional 75 workers anticipated to be hired later this year. The Riverbank Industrial Complex generates a $31 million local economic impact, almost four times its annual economic contribution prior to closure …

Ft. Polk Prospers under Landrieu’s Leadership

  • May 14, 2014
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has been a fierce advocate for Fort Polk, helping it obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in military construction projects, fighting for it to assume a larger role for the Army, and ensuring its facilities support the needs of military families. Since 2005, Landrieu has helped invest $1 billion in Polk, located in west central Louisiana. Over the last two years, the three-term senator has secured nearly $100 million for construction projects at the post …

Hill AFB Reaches out to Communities, Schools, State under Commander’s Leadership

  • May 13, 2014
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Since becoming the installation commander of Hill Air Force Base, Col. Kathryn Kolbe has strived to fully integrate the installation, its missions, and its men and women into the fabric of the surrounding community in northern Utah. Under Kolbe, Hill has been an early adopter of DOD’s section 331 authority allowing installations and communities to share base support services, and partnered with the state and local school districts to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Kolbe, who also commands the 75th Air Base Wing, has actively participated in the leadership of a host of local civic groups …

ADC Task Force to Review Association’s Governance

  • May 7, 2014
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The ADC Board of Directors has launched a task force to assess whether the association’s governance structure needs to be updated, an exercise that will rely on input from members. The effort comes as the association celebrates its 35th anniversary and is intended to ensure that ADC’s governance follows the best practices in the world of associations. The task force will focus on issues such as the structure of the board and whether it is representative of the membership, and how directors are elected …

Eight Lawmakers, Massachusetts Governor among 2014 Defense Community Awardees

  • May 6, 2014
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Fifteen leaders, organizations and communities will be honored in Washington next month as recipients of the 2014 Defense Community Awards. ADC announced the winners today and will formally recognize them June 5 at the 2nd Annual Defense Community Awards Congressional Breakfast being held in conjunction with the Defense Communities National Summit. “The committee was impressed with the high quality of the nominations we reviewed,” said Celeste Werner, chair of the 2014 Awards Advisory Committee and vice president of Matrix Design Group. “This year’s awards winners demonstrate the significance of innovation in defense communities and showcase the exceptional accomplishments of elected officials, public servants and military leaders across the country …

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