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Background

Redstone Arsenal is a 38,000-acre Federal installation for research, engineering, development, training, logistics, procurement, and testing for a variety of Federal agencies. More than 36,000 people work on the Arsenal for more than 55 major organizations. The primary tenant on the Arsenal is the U.S. Army. Redstone Arsenal is the center of Army missile, aviation, and missile defense program offices, and research and development (R&D) centers. The majority of the workforce is composed of highly educated civil servants and contractors. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decisions resulted in the realignment of seven different entities to Redstone Arsenal. The moves brought an additional 4,651 new jobs to the Arsenal and an even greater number of additional defense contractor support jobs to the region. The arrival of new organizations position Redstone Arsenal as the major center for Army materiel management and missile defense.

Community Response

Unlike many BRAC actions, almost all of the growth at Redstone Arsenal is civilian and contractor personnel. Additionally, the skill sets for Redstone Arsenal require a highly educated, skilled workforce in science, engineering, logistics, and other technical fields. Redstone Arsenal, the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee, and the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce have been strong partners in identifying the workforce needs of Redstone Arsenal and worked together to find solutions to those needs. Priority workforce projects included updating the workforce strategic plan, including development of metrics and a timeline; "town hall" information sharing events held in the outgoing locales for Missile Defense Agency and Army Materiel Command workers; continuation of the national awareness campaign about job opportunities in the Tennessee Valley region, which includes media announcements and career expos; developing relationships with military transition offices; maintaining the Web site; and supporting co-op programs that target separating military personnel pursuing engineering degrees.

At the completion of BRAC 2005, all of the BRAC positions have transferred and approximately all positions are filled. Personnel from outside the local area occupy the majority of the filled positions, which is indicative of a very successful community recruitment and engagement plan.

In addition to workforce requirements, there is a need for additional office space in the region surrounding Redstone Arsenal. Redstone Arsenal initiated an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) project, now named Redstone Gateway. This project involved issuing a 50-year, long-term lease of approximately 470 acres on the northern edge of the installation to a private company for development into an office park. When the build out is complete, Redstone Gateway will contain over four million square feet of office space, including facilities both inside and outside the installation's secure perimeter, to support continued installation and regional growth.

To view the community's 2009 Mission Growth Profile, click here.