• County Economic Development Director Underscores Challenges in Finding New Uses for Closed Bases

    County Economic Development Director Underscores Challenges in Finding New Uses for Closed Bases0

    A new round of base closures may allow the Pentagon to redirect spending on unneeded facilities into higher priority requirements, but advocates for a sixth BRAC round shouldn’t promote the process as one defense communities can readily recover from, says the head of an economic development organization helping to address a realignment in south central Pennsylvania. “No one should think it’s an easy process,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., which has been supporting the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority in its efforts to convert almost 1,500 acres to commercial use since Letterkenny Army Depot was realigned following the 1995 round of BRAC …

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  • Last C-130 from Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart

    Last C-130 from Ft. Bragg Airlift Wing Set to Depart0

    The last C-130H from Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing will leave the post’s Pope Field Wednesday for the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in one of the final steps before the Air Force Reserve unit is formally inactivated. The last significant hurdle to the Air Force’s effort to shutter the unit was crossed in February when the Army’s top civilian and military leaders agreed to the plan in February. In May, the Air Force notified Congress that it would go ahead with its plan to shutter the airlift wing, reported the Fayetteville Observer. North Carolina’s congressional delegation had fought to postpone the unit’s elimination since the Air Force first proposed it as a cost-cutting measure in early 2014 …

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  • March JPA Votes to Craft Road Map toward Dissolution

    March JPA Votes to Craft Road Map toward Dissolution0

    The March Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will begin to plan for its eventual dissolution following last week’s unanimous vote by the group’s board. “Why not think about it and review it and discuss it now, when it doesn’t have to happen, rather than wait and potentially have a dogfight when it has to happen?” said Kevin Jeffries, who sits on the JPA board and also is a Riverside County supervisor. The vote follows a similar resolution approved in May by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and comes two decades after March Air Force Base in Southern California was realigned …

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