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was the lack of low-income and low middle-income housing
Tourism - The planned regional transportation center will provide improved services to the already increasing tourist flow to area attractions such as Disney World, Sea World, &c.
Business - Available facilities at McCoy will present additional opportunities for light industrial and business developments.
The development of a transportation center at the McCoy AFB site will more than off-set the estimated $2.2 million expenditures of the McCoy Federal military/civilian personnel made off-base annually. The development of the transportation center will increase international air traffic operations at Orlando. This will generate warehousing and distribution center potentials in the Orlando area. Tourism will be increased by the removal of presently imposed limitations on civil air operations and immediate relief to air congestion in the Miami/Tampa airport complexes. The subsequent increase in air traffic demand will generate new service applications by other airlines (national and international carriers) together with inter-American's cargo carriers.
The potential for new housing for low-income and low middle-income families will accent the growth in employment opportunities and retirement communities.
The application for $80,000 in HUD 701 supplement funds to deal with the impact assistance implementation has been recommended by the Jacksonville office to the regional office. Expeditious action by the regional and Washington offices is requested/expected.
The FAA has programmed $1.8 million for land acquisition for the Orlando Airport development at McCoy. The regional airport concept will require runway and taxiway development later. The area banks and financiers
have agreed that due to the volume of tourism in this central Florida area, the civil airport to be developed at McCoy will be the most 'bondable" property in Florida. The raising of funds through revenue bonds for terminal area development and the proposed November 1973 referendum for a 14 per gallon sales tax for transportation development will generate in excess of $2.4 million in matching fund capability on an area-wide basis.
The State Department of Transportation has pledged extensive cooperation is a regional transportation authority is established.
An area-wide local economics adjustment committee has been formed. The EAC project manager (OEA staff)will participate in the first meeting of this group on July 16-17, 1973 to assure the continuity of program objectives and resource application. The EAC project manager will then meet with the USAF, HUD, GSA, DOT (FAA) regional and Washington representatives of the EAC to expedite program objectives.
The Naval Air Station is located in the Northeastern portion of Albany, Georgia, the county seat of Dougherty County, which serves as a major regional trading center for more than 20 southwest Georgia counties. Aside from being the largest city in this part of the State, Albany, with a 1970 population of 73, 000, has historically maintained a position of leadership in manufacturing, education, transportation and business.
The Albany Naval Air Station will close by June 1974 with a reduction of 3,217 military and 341 civilian personnel. A Marine Corps supply activity with 381 military and 945 civilian positions will move to Albany by July 1974. The net effect will be the loss of 2,836 military and an increase of 604 civilian positions.
The President's Economic Adjustment Committee has worked closely with the Georgia Congressional Delegation on the se development. Upon request of the Congressman from the Second Congressional District, an OEA introductory visit was made to Albany on June 14-15, 1973. The OEA team and representatives of the Marine Corps, the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration met with local governmental and business leaders and outlined the types of services available to meet anticipated problems.
In August, three OEA staff members will spend two to three days in Albany and its surrounding area completing the required elements of a reconnaissance visit. Within 30 to 60 days of the reconnaissance visit, a full team visit of Federal officials will be scheduled.
The primary objectives of the Economic Adjustment Committee program for Albany are the formation of a local, ad hoc, steering committee which
will speak for the community and provide community leadership; to acquire and approve detailed master plans for the civil uses of real property to be excessed; the acquisition of the excess property by the community or acceptable entities; and to actually achieve, at an early date, the best uses of the property.
Disposition of DoD Property
Pursuant to Section 2662, Title 10, U.S. Code, the Navy Department has submitted a disposal report to the Armed Services Committees of the Congress which provides for the transfer of 194. 4 acres, including the family housing and support facilities, to the U.S. Marine Corps, and excessing of the remaining 2,677 acres with improvements. Assuming no objection to the report on the part of the Congress, the excess land and buildings will be disposed of in accordance with the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 as amended.
The closure of the NAS Albany will be cushioned by the personnel increases at the Marine Supply Depot. The increase of 604 civilian jobs will largely offset the multiplier job losses in the private supporting services sector from the loss of NAS military personnel expenditures in the local economy. The local unemployment rate is expected to increase nominally from 5.1% to 6.01. A temporary impact in the local housing market is expected. Federal team assistance will be required in the civilian re-use of the NAS facility. Since local leadership is active, dedicated and knowledgeable, early productive job-producing community uses for the Station are anticipated.
The upcoming reconnaissance and full team visits this summer and fall will provide the Congressional Delegation and local area leaders with specific recommendations for economic re-use of the property. Response from the local area during and after these visits should determine the degree of EAC involvement in the future.
Since the OEA initial visit, the community has moved forward on a major recommendation, forming a steering committee that, among other things, will help prepare a re-use plan for the facility. Local government and business leaders are fully committed to the orderly re-use of the base,
The Glynco Naval Air Station is located on the Atlantic Coast of Georgia approximately five miles north of the city of Brunswick. Brunswick is the county seat of Glynn County as well as an important market center for three adjacent counties, approximately midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Fbrida.
Brunswick ranks 17th in size of cities within the State, having a 1970 population of 19,585. Glynn County has a population of 50, 528 as of the 1970 census.
The Glynco Naval Air Station is to be closed by December 1974, with a loss of 661 military and 308 civilian positions.
The Office of Economic Adjustment met with Congressman Ginn shortly after the April 17, 1973 DoD announcement to discuss economic adjustment assistance in his District.
Disposition of Do D Property
The Navy Department has submitted a report to the Armed Services Committees of the Congress which provides for the excessing of the 4, 435.56-acre installation. Assuming no objection to the report on the part of the Congress, the excess land and buildings will be reported to the GSA for disposal in accordance with the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 as amended.
While the local area is going to be adversely impacted by the loss of military and civilian income, the community stands to benefit from the potential industrialization which can come about through the orderly re-use of the base and its facilities. Brunswick and Glynn County both have a well developed infrastructure to support further industrial growth. The opportunity to move ahead on a re-use plan for the NAS facilities should be given major emphasis.