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The information below is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.

Success Story: Flooding Wisconsin with Innovation

January, 2015 — Economic Development Administration

In 2008, flooding devastated the City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Heavy rain, winds, and several tornadoes had caused lakes, rivers, and creeks to overflow, literally washing away homes and businesses. The manufacturing sector was particularly affected, which contributed to a rise in unemployment. The entire state of Wisconsin was declared a disaster area in June of that year, and the long task of rebuilding began with help from several federal and local agencies. As things were slowly put back together, the City of Wauwatosa and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation, Inc. opted to think about the long-term resiliency of the region’s economy and began working on a plan.


How Long Could Your State Operate Only on Its Fiscal Reserves?

January 21, 2015 — Government Executive — By Michael Grass

In budget discussions, state officials are often hesitant to tap their fiscal reserves. Sometimes, tapping rainy-day funds is unavoidable. And during the Great Recession, plenty of state governments had to turn their reserves to make ends meet. Some states completely exhausted those funds.


U.S. mayors group: For the first time in the recovery, every metro will see job growth

January 21, 2015 — Washington Post — By Niraj Chokshi

Each of the nation’s 363 metropolitan areas are expected to see job growth this year, a first in the post-recession era.


14 Best Startup Cities in America

Popular Mechanics

See the interactive stories behind 14 cities across the U.S. deemed great places to start something new. What makes these "startup cities"? From St. Louis, Mo., to Holyoke, Mass., to Urbana, Ill. – people and businesses in these communities are all starting, making and doing, and inspiring others to do the same.


James: New Acquisition Initiative Aims to Cut Costs

By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 – Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced a new initiative designed to help the Air Force partner with industry, encourage innovation and drive down the cost of systems.


No BRAC until Military’s Future Role Is Clarified, Thornberry Says

January 15, 2015 — Association of Defense Communities

One week after taking the reins of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) revealed a strong reluctance to consider authorizing a new round of base closures, and underscored the need to better define the future roles and missions of the nation’s military before going ahead.


Sustainable Communities Learning Network Video Series: Resilient Region (Minnesota)

January 13, 2015 — National Association of Development Organizations, Brett Schwartz

Since 2011, the NADO Research Foundation has participated in the Sustainable Communities Learning Network as one of the capacity building teams supporting communities and regions that received planning grants as part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). Through this program, 143 communities and regions across the country conducted three-year locally-driven planning and visioning efforts to address critical issues such as housing and transportation, economic and workforce development, natural resource protection, education, and other important areas.


Jackson, Michigan's Open Data Portal Is on Groundbreaking Track

January 11, 2015 — Government Executive

The city of Jackson, Michigan, has bold ambitions to make its website the first of its kind in the Great Lakes State to operate as an open data portal.


With OEA Support, Communities Pursue Varied Strategies to Prepare for Downsizing

January 7, 2015 — Association of Defense Communities

Looming cutbacks in DOD spending spawned by the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps could have far-reaching effects on many defense communities, as a result of downsizing at installations and retrenchment in the defense sector.


Texas County Supports Measure Alerting Homebuyers about Impacts of Neighboring Installations

January 7, 2015 — Association of Defense Communities

County commissioners of Guadalupe County, Texas, located on the eastern side of Randolph Air Force Base, last week adopted a resolution supporting legislation requiring homebuyers to be informed about the possible impacts of living near a military installation.