Columbus Region Readies for Ft. Benning Influx

About 28,000 service members, DOD civilians and family members will be moving to Fort Benning by the time BRAC changes are complete, with the majority of families moving between May and July.

One city in Alabama across the Georgia border from Benning is hoping to grow substantially as a result of the new missions — including the relocation of the Armor Center and School from Fort Knox to create the Maneuver Center of Excellence — coming to the post. One incentive for newcomers to move to Smiths Station is that Alabama doesn’t tax military retiree pay, reports

The growth is expected to create about 11,400 jobs and $3.5 billion investment in new construction, according to an update on the region’s growth management plan in the Examiner.

Dan Cohen
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