Officials from Dover Air Force Base and central Delaware have met twice since August to consider potential ways to take advantage of the new authority permitting installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with local governments to provide, receive or share support services for most municipal functions.
“These first two meetings have been extremely positive for the base,” said Col. Lisa Pike, 436th Mission Support Group commander. “As we’ve looked at ‘the art of the possible,’ we’ve had immense participation from the community and tremendous support from those bringing big ideas with even bigger potential to the table,” Pike told Air Force Public Affairs.
An initial meeting designed to explain the Air Force Community Partnership Program drew about 100 people, including base officials, and business and community leaders. The second get-together allowed participants to explore specific ideas for partnerships in four categories — live, work, learn and play.
“We’re very fortunate to be a part of this community and look forward to what P4 [public-public and public-private partnerships] can do for Team Dover and the community,” Pike said.
Community and base officials next will meet on Oct. 28.