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  • Mesa Seeks Consultant to Prepare EDC Application

    The Mesa (Ariz.) Redevelopment Authority has advertised a request for proposals for a consultant to assist staff with the preparation of an economic development conveyance application for the reuse and transition of the Mesa Air Force Research Lab. The AFRL was selected for closure under BRAC 2005 and is slated to be moved to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

  • Loss of Redevelopment Funding Would Be Latest Setback for Great Park

    Efforts to redevelop the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Southern California have been slowed by a series of obstacles since the base landed on the closure list — a local dispute over whether El Toro should be turned into a commercial airport, internal squabbling by the group overseeing the city of Irvine’s Great Park plan and the collapse of the housing market. California Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate the state’s 400-plus redevelopment agencies and redirect their funding to municipal services would represent the latest hurdle for the Orange County Great Park …

  • House Continues Debate over Authorization Bill

    House lawmakers Thursday will continue to vote on a series of amendments to the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, with the underlying legislation expected to be voted on by the end of the week. The House approved dozens of amendments on Wednesday to the $690 billion bill, including one prohibiting federal agencies from requiring contractors to disclose campaign contributions …

  • Pentagon Needs to Contribute to Debt Reduction, Gates Says

    Defense spending is not the cause of the nation’s fiscal crisis, but DOD’s budget will be called on to help reduce the growing debt, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during a speech Tuesday. “As a matter of simple arithmetic and political reality, the Department of Defense must be at least part of the solution …

  • Civilian BRAC Proposal Advances to Full Committee

    Legislation designed to slash thousands of unneeded federal properties through a civilian BRAC commission and save billions of dollars was approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee. The Civilian Property Realignment Act would establish a framework through which an independent commission would review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations, co-locations, redevelopment, selling or other actions to minimize costs and produce savings for the taxpayer …

  • Lawmakers Question White House’s Reliance on DOD to Fund Guam Buildup

    Emphasizing that the strain on Guam’s municipal infrastructure stemming from the relocation of 8,000-plus Marines from Okinawa is not a “military problem,” the House Appropriations Committee is urging the Obama administration to include other agencies in the federal effort to help the island prepare for the influx. Because the realignment is the result of a bilateral agreement between the United States and Japan, “DOD should not be isolated as the sole source of funding for the necessary improvements to physical and human capital in Guam …

  • Horsham LRA to Hold Design Charrette for Residents

    The Horsham LRA will hold a community planning charrette next month, providing residents an opportunity to act as land use planners and establish their priorities for how Naval Air Station Willow Grove will be redeveloped. During the two sessions, RKG Associates, the authority’s consultant, will describe projects carried out at other base closure sites, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the site’s existing assets, and explain various land use options …

  • Three New States Join Schools Compact for Military Kids

    Vermont, North Dakota and Nebraska over the past week adopted an interstate agreement intended to smooth the transition between school districts when military children move, bringing to 39 the number of participating states. The Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation …


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