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Fort McPherson Gets "Opportunity Zone" Designation

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - October 26, 2011, By Rachel Tobin

Fort McPherson, the former military base on Atlanta's Southside that closed last month, has been approved as Georgia’s third “opportunity zone” in the city's limits.

Defense Industry Says $1 Trillion Cut Equals 1 Million Lost Jobs

Businessweek - October 25, 2011, By Roxana Tiron

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- The defense and aerospace industries are warning that the U.S. will lose 1 million jobs and $59.4 billion in wages and salaries tied to the their businesses if Congress’ supercommittee fails and automatic cuts are imposed.

Aiming For a Leaner, Meaner Military

Politico - October 23, 2011, By Charles Hoskinson

Pentagon leaders are hoping a mandate to cut at least $350 billion from the defense budget over the next 10 years won’t disrupt plans for a more agile, efficient and modern force that still can reach across the globe to deliver a crushing blow when needed.

Toolbox Topics: Development Review Web Tool & Peer Review of Projects in the AICUZ Footprint at NAS Fort Worth JRB

October 2011 - By: Rachel Wiggins, PE, CPLO, NAS Fort Worth JRB & Tamara Cook, AICP, Principal Transportation Planner, North Central Texas COG

In an effort to ensure land use compatibility near military installations, it is important that all stakeholders have a chance to be in the review process for new projects. If the review is timely, incompatible uses can be headed off or modified before the proponent has a big investment in the project. This sort of review can be difficult in the airfield environs, where the stakeholders include multiple communities and levels of government. For those communities and governments in the vicinity of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, a web-based tool has helped facilitate the review process.

Military Vets May Have Slight Edge in Tough Job Market

The Gazette - October 21, 2011, By TOM ROEDER

The unemployment rate hit nearly 12 percent in September nationwide for the youngest group of military veterans, but job seekers with military backgrounds may have a leg up on their civilian counterparts with some companies.

Defense Contracts Dwindle

Boston.com - October 21, 2011, By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff

Money from defense contracts, a mainstay of the Massachusetts and New England economies, is dwindling as America pulls troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. And military expenditures in the region could drop even more dramatically as the Defense Department confronts $400 billion in budget cuts and Congress seeks more reductions in the massive US budget deficit.

Military leaders, contractors meet in Wilmington for state business summit

FayObserver - October 20, 2011, By Drew Brooks, Staff writer

WILMINGTON - Military leaders and private contractors are meeting on the North Carolina coast today for a summit aimed at increasing opportunities for state businesses.

Plans for Willow Grove Naval Air Station to be Decided Next Month

Montgomerynews.com - October 20, 2011, By Caitlin Burns - cburns@journalregister.com

The Horsham Land Reuse Authority will share a final plan for the Willow Grove Naval Air Station with the public in November, now that the authority and Horsham Council have agreed upon what elements they would like to see there.

Lt. Gov. Carroll talks jobs, military

Panhandle project shows promise, she says during P.C. visit

News Herald - October 19, 2011, By Felicia Kitzmiller, News Herald Writer

PANAMA CITY — Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll is lobbying hard to merge two of her primary responsibilities in state affairs — jobs and military relations — and the Panhandle is her testing ground.

Senator Webb Urges Swift Action on Fort Monroe National Historical Park Establishment Act

Legislation “provides obvious long-term preservation and economic benefits”

Office of VA Senator Webb - October 19, 2011

Washington, DC — Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today urged swift passage of his legislation to establish a unit of the National Park Service at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, during an Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing.