June 14, 2015 – WBIW.com (1340 AM)
(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) in partnership with the Indiana Office of Defense Development (IODD), Radius Indiana and Matrix Design Group completed a Tiger Team Visit for the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).
The NSA Crane JLUS is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by OCRA and Radius Indiana as well as Daviess, Green, Lawrence, Martin and Sullivan Counties. "The recommendations once the JLUS has been completed will help us maintain NSA Crane's economic vitality and sustain its operational mission," said Bill Konyha, OCRA Executive Director. The Tiger Team Visit was a week-long effort focused on field data collection. Interviews with state and federal agencies, utility partners and community stakeholders were completed to gather a list of existing incompatible land uses around the installation. Information collected in the interviews will be combined with historical data which will be shared in public forums later this year. Becky Skillman, President/CEO of Radius Indiana said, "We are encouraged by the tremendous participation of the region's elected officials, business and community leaders. All of the stakeholders are eager to protect and grow Crane while learning of increased opportunities for our communities." A JLUS is a cooperative land use planning effort conducted as a joint venture between an active military installation, surrounding jurisdictions, state and federal agencies and other affected stakeholders. The JLUS effort can directly benefit both NSA Crane and the surrounding region by:
- Encouraging cooperation between the military installation and community officials
- Preserving long-term land use compatibility between NSA Crane and the surrounding communities
- Promoting community planning
- Protecting the health and safety of surrounding residents and workers
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with local, state and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to aid communities in shaping their vision for economic development. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit www.ocra.in.gov.
About the IODD:
The Indiana Office of Defense Development was created through an executive order by the Governor on his first day in office in 2013. With a focused effort on expanding the defense sector business in Indiana by keeping and growing high value defense and national security jobs for Hoosiers. For more information, visit www.iodd.in.gov.
OCRA and IODD are part of the Lt. Governor's family of businesses which also includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Office of Tourism Development, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.
The information above 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.