|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||14 Aug 2005 17:28:20 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] "Don't fear the BRAC"|
Don't fear the BRAC--communities can bounce back|
Editorial Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star (VA) August 14, 2005
ATTENTION, communities on the newest Base Realignment and Closure list: Don't panic. Don't cancel your plans for a prosperous future. Don't waste your money on a lobbyist who promises to save your base, because he can't.
Instead, talk to leaders in communities that have gone through the process in years past. You'll find that, although initially painful, closings of outdated or unneeded military facilities don't keep local economies down for long.
A new study from The Heritage Foundation looked at prior base closures in three environments: Southern California, with its urban nature and heavy Navy presence; Indiana, less populated and with a strong Air Force component; and Alabama, more rural and primarily an Army location. It found that, in almost every case, communities that lost military facilities regained 90 percent or more of the displaced jobs and per capita income within six years.
For the entire article, see http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2005/082005/08142005/119839
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