ADC is launching a new program at this year’s summit with a focus on the ideas and issues that are key to strengthening the foundation of readiness for our military and communities.
Read the official press release and learn more about the Great American Defense Communities program.
ADC’s 2019 Annual Report provides a look back at 2018 and shares exciting 2019 news and updates.
While several communities in Eastern North Carolina still are preparing for the arrival of the last of the 14,000 Marines coming as part of the Grow the Force initiative, local officials are assessing the impact of the Pentagon’s plan to reduce the Marine Corps’ end strength by about 15,000 troops starting in 2015. With the latest news, the housing and banking industry will need to keep a close watch on market demand …READ MORE
There are ways around the ban on earmarks in the House and Senate, as two recent articles make all too clear. Lawmakers, particularly ones with clout, are contacting agency officials directly to request that they make projects in their home districts a priority …READ MORE
Thousands of new firms would become eligible for small business contracts with the federal government, under a proposed rule the Small Business Administration issued last week. The proposed revisions increase the revenue-based size limits in 36 industries and one sub-industry in professional, scientific and technical services. The annual revenue threshold for architectural services firms, for example, would rise to $19 million from $4.5 million. An environmental consulting firm …READ MORE
Supporters of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard cite multiple reasons why they should feel secure the facility would survive the next base closure round, assuming there is one. For one, the Navy announced earlier this month a plan to invest $100 million on modernization and rehabilitation projects at the Maine shipyard. That move makes sense given that the Navy has not indicated any plan to reduce its submarine fleet …READ MORE
With 200 new employees expected to arrive at Fort Bragg about every two weeks or so through the summer, real estate officials in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina are eager to find out where the new arrivals from Georgia will decide to live. So far Hoke County, located west of the installation, and western Harnett County, located to the north, are the early favorites …READ MORE
Perhaps the planned relocation of 8,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam should take a “time-out” in the wake of the natural and manmade disasters overtaking Japan, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, asked at a hearing last week on the Pentagon’s fiscal 2012 defense authorization request for military construction programs. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but this decision was predicated on Japan being willing to spend billions and billions of dollars to make this work for our military. Don’t you think it would be wise at this moment to do a time-out” …READ MORE