- Mission Support/Community Partnerships
- August 14, 2018
The Association of Defense Communities is bringing its Base Redevelopment Forum back to its roots. First held in Portland, Maine in 2013, this Forum has become the nation’s leading forum focused on large-scale redevelopment. Our focus is beyond BRAC; it is about advancing economic opportunity through community-driven redevelopment.
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The Great American Defense Community Program showcases selected communities at the local and national level, and promotes the innovative programs, community leaders and best practices of the 2018 class.
More than one year after Congress first allocated $300 million for projects needed to accommodate the traffic growth associated with the realignment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, officials in suburban Maryland and Virginia finally should be able to use the funds. In December 2009, the states’ congressional delegations had inserted the funds under the defense health program account as part of the fiscal 2010 defense spending bill …READ MORE
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launched a far-reaching campaign Tuesday calling on businesses, individuals, civic and religious groups, and communities to recognize the sacrifices made by service members and their families and to find ways to support them in their day-to-day lives. The Joining Forces initiative will focus on employment, education, and wellness, while engaging in a comprehensive effort to raise awareness about the service, sacrifice, and needs of military families …READ MORE
Partnering with the private sector will help the Army achieve net zero energy installations, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment, told the Army News Service last week. The Army is relying on a host of approaches to reduce carbon emissions and cut energy costs at installations — power-purchase agreements, enhanced use leasing, energy savings performance contracts and utilities energy service contracts …READ MORE
With almost 4,500 personnel, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, located outside of Harrisburg, Pa., is responsible for an estimated $800 million annual economic impact across six counties. Amid talk about the possibility of another BRAC round, the Central Penn Business Journal takes a detailed look at how the base fuels the region’s economy, including the retail businesses supported by the base’s payroll, and the suppliers and contractors that rely on it for a substantial share of their work …READ MORE
Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), the company planning to convert the former Fort Ritchie in north central Maryland into a mixed-use development, last week said it would mark down the value of its $28 million investment in the site to zero. The Columbia, Md.-based developer’s decision to recognize the non-cash loss comes after the Army revealed it had tested tactical herbicides, including Agent Orange, at the post …READ MORE
Appropriations staff continued to work Monday to turn Friday’s last-minute compromise over fiscal 2011 spending into legislation while the rest of Washington, D.C., catches its breath after coming within 90 minutes of witnessing a federal government shutdown. Final language for the deal, which cuts $38 billion from previous spending levels, was expected to be released Monday night …READ MORE
The Pentagon will bring home one of its four Europe-based brigade combat teams, a change from its 2004 plan to withdraw two of the units and reduce U.S. forces in Europe from 100,000 to 60,000. The original plan was suspended over concerns that it would hamper the military’s ability to respond to trouble in Africa and the Middle East, and leave it unable to fulfill its commitments to NATO and to engage effectively with its allies …READ MORE
Five years after the Pentagon highlighted the problems payday lenders inflict on service members and their families, military personnel are still getting in financial trouble as a result of predatory lending, reports DailyFinance.com. Congress limited lenders to charging 36 percent interest on certain types of loans, but the industry has found ways to skirt the rules …READ MORE