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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.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard booms while Bath Iron Works struggles

August 10, 2015 – Portland Press Herald, By J. Craig Anderson

The Kittery yard is the only East Coast facility for repairing Los Angeles class submarines while BIW has to compete to build new vessels that may or may not be funded.


2015 REPI Challenge Winners Announced

August 11, 2015 – U.S. Department of Defense, Readiness and Environmental Protection Agency (REPI)

Today the REPI Program is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 REPI Challenge:


States Compete for Military Retirees

August 10, 2015 – The Pew Charitable Trusts, By Elaine S. Povich

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan roared into office this year ready to cut taxes, including exempting all military pensions from the state’s income tax. Despite a budget deficit and having to compromise with a Democratic legislature, he succeeded in doubling the exemption to $10,000 in annual income.


World-Herald editorial: Report gives Offutt good grade

August 5, 2015 – Omaha.com

Cities and towns sometimes make the mistake of allowing land near military bases to develop without consideration of a base’s needs.


Hard lessons from creating jobs and opportunity in the next economy

July 30, 2015 – Brookings, By Amy Liu

In January 2011, the United States was still in the grips of the Great Recession. The unemployment rate sat at a stubborn 9 percent, slightly lower than the high of 10 percent in October 2009. Job losses were staggering. The Chicago and Phoenix metro areas shed 330,000 and 240,000 jobs, respectively, from their pre-recession peak to their post-recession troughs in 2010. Even mid-sized Portland, Ore. had lost 80,000 jobs by late 2009.


Innovation Can Happen Anywhere

August 4, 2015 – U.S. Department of Commerce

These days, there is a lot of talk about “innovation hubs.” When people think about innovation, many think about tech-heavy areas like Silicon Valley or Austin, Texas with young start-up CEOs in jeans and a hoodie. Or they think of big cities like Boston and Atlanta where giant companies invest in research and development for the next scientific breakthrough.


Brooks City Base Issues $54.9 Million in Revenue Bonds

August 3, 2015 – Business Wire

SAN ANTONIO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Today, Brooks City Base and Preston Hollow Capital announced the issuance of the Brooks Development Authority Revenue Bonds, Series 2015. The $54.9 million bond package includes:


Army to test whether rocket units can train at Lewis-McChord

August 3, 2015 & ndash; Stars & Stripes (via The News Tribune), By Adam Ashton

TACOMA, Wash. (Tribune News Service) — The Army wants to conduct a test next winter to determine whether soldiers can fire rockets at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord training area without overly disturbing South Sound residents.


Why the Word ‘Infrastructure’ Replaced ‘Public Works’

August 2015 – Governing, By Alex Marshall

Not that long ago, we hardly ever used or even knew the term. What changed?


The Dual Reality of Economic Recovery in Cities

July 31, 2015 – Cities Speak (National League of Cities blog), By Christina McFarland and Emily Robbins

This is the first post in a series about NLC’s new economic analysis, Cities and Unequal Recovery, which reveals ways that cities can support and accelerate inclusive economic growth.