• Bill Would Bolster Companies Supporting New Jersey Military Installations

    Bill Would Bolster Companies Supporting New Jersey Military Installations0

    The New Jersey General Assembly last week approved legislation that would provide greater access to state workforce development funds to companies that provide equipment or services to the state’s five military installations. A-2517 would extend a preference for Department of Labor and Workforce Development grants to employers that support military installations, as well as those who provide training for veterans, reported the Cape May County Herald. The bill also prioritizes workforce grant funding to companies that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, or advanced manufacturing within those fields. “This legislation will help ensure that New Jersey’s defense-related industries have the employees they need to continue supporting our state’s military installations,” said Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak …

  • OEA Offering Assistance to Communities Coping with Significant Cutbacks in Personnel0

    Communities responding to announced reductions in force structure and personnel can apply for planning assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to organize and better understand how the reductions may affect local housing, schools and businesses, according to a March 18 Federal Register notice. States, counties or municipalities can apply for OEA’s community adjustment planning assistance if they expect to experience personnel reductions resulting in the loss of at least 2,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in an urban area; or 1,000 military, civilian, or contractor personnel in the case of a non-urban area …

  • Ft. Campbell’s Neighbors Coming Together to Bolster Local Development0

    To improve their economic and workforce development efforts in response to the loss of a brigade combat team at Fort Campbell in 2014, officials from six counties in Kentucky and Tennessee surrounding the post are discussing ways to strengthen collaboration. One of the principal goals of the alliance — tentatively being called Campbell Strong — is to retain a greater number of soldiers who separate from the Army, reported the Leaf Chronicle. “We are gathering information about what assets we have [as a group] to keep soldiers here,” said Stewart County (Tenn.) Mayor Rick Joiner …