Host Communities Renew Partnering Efforts with Scott AFB

The village of Shiloh, Ill., has renewed its agreement to work with Scott Air Force Base and other neighboring communities to identify opportunities to save money or enhance mission effectiveness at the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

The memorandum of understanding formalizes Shiloh’s participation in the Air Force Community Partnership Program, the service’s effort to take advantage of the new authority allowing installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with their host community to share base support services.

“I think all of you are aware that we’ve been attending meetings with other communities, as well as with Scott Air Force Base, in partnering to figure out ways that the village and other cities around the base can partner together to perhaps save them money and us [as well] in the process,” Mayor Jim Vernier said during a meeting this week of village trustees.

The effort is being guided by a steering committee made up of representatives from the installation, Mascoutah, Belleville, O’Fallon, Swansea, Mid America Airport and the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois, reported the O’Fallon Progress.

The first step for the committee is to identify requirements and needs among the partners, and then to develop collaboration opportunities to bolster the missions capabilities of Scott, according to Vernier.

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