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Following four years of comprehensive planning needed to accommodate growth across five installations, Maryland is in position to absorb up to 20,000 direct jobs this year, and as many as 60,000 total jobs before 2015, according to the state’s 2010 BRAC Progress Report. The report details an array of programs intended to help Maryland take advantage of the military growth: a BRAC internship website, a new down-payment assistance match for BRAC families and BRAC higher education fund grants …READ MORE
A final spending bill to fund the government for the duration of the current fiscal year may not be enacted for several weeks or months given the divide between the House plan to fund federal operations through the remainder of fiscal 2011 and the approach expected to be adopted in the Senate. The dispute likely will hold hostage the full-year defense spending bill that is part of the House package …READ MORE
An effort to protect Robins Air Force Base in central Georgia from encroachment is running low on funds. Only seven of 125 homes in high-noise areas or safety buffers surrounding the installation’s airfield have been purchased, leaving interested homeowners in limbo — they can’t sell to the regional authority trying to remove the homes and they can’t sell their residences on the open market …READ MORE
The March Joint Powers Authority soon will consider approving construction of a $1.6 million general aviation terminal at the joint use airfield at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California. A terminal would be the next step in opening up the airport at the former March Air Force Base to private aircraft and corporate jets since the authority and the Air Force agreed in 2008 to allow general aviation traffic …READ MORE
Officials from the city of Vallejo and Lennar Mare Island LLC last week celebrated the opening of two historic dry docks at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, a major step in the city’s efforts to replace the jobs lost when the shipyard closed in 1996. The ceremony followed a decision by the U.S. Maritime Administration to award a dismantling contract to Allied Defense Recycling for two ships from the Navy’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet …READ MORE
The General Services Administration declined the two bids it received in last month’s auction for the Stratford Army Engine Plant, marking the second time in three years the federal government has failed to complete a sale of the Connecticut property. In 2008, a New Haven-based film production studio submitted the winning $9.6 million bid for the site before the deal collapsed when the developer failed to obtain the necessary financing …READ MORE
The agreement the Port of Corpus Christi reached last week to sell the much of the former Naval Station Ingleside for $102.5 million to a firm planning to convert the site into an offshore oil exploration service center could create up to 2,500 jobs within five to eight years. The deal with Houston-based Canyon Supply and Logistics includes two parcels — the 483-acre main base and 433 undeveloped acres adjacent to it — except for a 100-acre “college campus” section of the naval station, reported the Caller-Times. Canyon retains an option to purchase the campus parcel for $28.5 million …READ MORE
Proposed cuts to the fiscal 2012 military construction budget would not affect ongoing work to ready San Antonio-area bases for BRAC growth, the San Antonio Express-News reported from last week’s ADC 2011 Winter Forum. Funding for BRAC projects already has been allocated, Clarence “CEM” Maxwell, deputy director of DOD’s San Antonio Joint Program Office, told the paper …READ MORE