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  • Community Groups Oppose Sale of Historic Site at Plattsburgh AFB

    Local groups in northeastern New York are fighting the sale of a 7.7-acre military barracks with ties to the War of 1812 located on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base to a Canadian developer. The Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. agreed to sell the Old Stone Barracks — built from 1838 to 1843 and now on the National Register of Historic Places — for $35,000 after the authority failed to find a local buyer …

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  • Communities Have Key Role in Helping Bases Control Costs

    Communities can assume a critical supporting role in helping neighboring installations cope with declining budgets and workforces, said Jerry Turner, senior director with Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services LLC. To best aid the military, communities need to identify creative solutions that meet installations’ needs, added Turner in an interview with Defense Communities 360 …

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  • Maryland is Ready for BRAC Influx

    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 …

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  • With House Approval of Budget Plan, Focus Turns to Senate

    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 …

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  • Homeowners Bordering Robins AFB Stuck in Encroachment Limbo

    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 …

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  • March Airfield May Land General Aviation Terminal

    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 …

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  • Historic Dry Docks at Mare Island Reopened

    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 …

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  • Bidders Fall Short in Auction for Stratford Plant

    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 …

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