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The city of Alameda has been awarded a $225,000 grant by OEA to prepare an economic development strategy for Alameda Point, the city’s reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Alameda. The strategy is expected to produce a targeted approach to leveraging the city’s existing tenant base and attracting new companies and organizations to the 918-acre site …READ MORE
The military’s investment in clean energy increased 300 percent to $1.2 billion from 2006 to 2009, with annual investments projected to reach $10 billion annually by 2030, according to a new study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Those numbers demonstrate DOD’s potential for spurring the growth of the nation’s green energy economy …READ MORE
While local and state officials from across the country fret about the potential for substantial reductions in defense spending over the coming years, many defense communities already are coping with major budget cuts. Workers at Fort Benning, Ga., are anxious about plans to cut the post’s civilian payroll in the new fiscal year by 15 percent …READ MORE
The Oak Harbor City Council is considering paying for a feasibility study needed to convince the Navy to lease unused waterfront property at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station to a boat builder seeking to expand its operations. An expansion by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders could add 100 high-paying jobs to the city, but negotiations among the city, the Navy and Nichols had reached a standstill …READ MORE
So far, enrollments at school districts surrounding Fort Benning have climbed only slightly as a result of new missions coming to the post under BRAC. School systems have gained only a fraction of the thousands of students projected to arrive at area schools …READ MORE
Last week’s announcement that the Army had finished destroying chemical weapons stored at Anniston Army Depot was good news for the government and the community, but it also forces local officials to consider the future of almost 1,000 workers employed at the incinerator. Most of those jobs are safe for now, as workers decontaminate and destroy portions of the incineration complex …READ MORE
A national developer of rooftop solar systems says it will be forced to scale back plans to install rooftop solar installations on as many as 124 military housing developments because it will be unable to gain the Energy Department’s final approval for a $275 million loan guarantee by this week’s deadline. Minus the government backing, SolarCity will carry out the project in only 11 states, a fraction of its original plan …READ MORE
The prospect of a faceoff this week over federal spending dissipated after the Senate passed a compromise spending measure Monday that would keep the federal government open until Nov. 18. Senate Democrats dropped $1.0 billion in disaster funding for the current fiscal year from the stopgap spending bill after the chamber defeated a motion to limit debate on a measure that included the emergency aid …READ MORE