21st Partnership BRAC Studies Almost Complete | News
CEO of the 21st Century Partnership Bob McMahon says studies on the impact of Robins Air Force Base are almost complete.
Those studies, which began last fall, are intended to help the region prepare for another round of BRAC, or Base Realignment and Closure.
McMahon told an audience at the Museum of Aviation that 13 of 15 studies the partnership commissioned last fall are now finished.
The full results of their findings will be presented to the public in late October.
McMahon showed a small part of a study on Robins economic impact on the Central Georgia area.
He said it shows 11 percent of the people earn their living from jobs at the base. That number is much larger in Houston County, where it employs 28 percent of the population.
McMahon said the studies will show some good news for the area and opportunities for improvement.
He said, "We hope it will be the catalyst for working together with the community and elected officials to mitigate some of the challenges we face as we prepare for a BRAC, probably in 2017."
McMahon added that 52 percent of the wages earned in Houston County come from jobs at Robins.
The studies cost the Partnership $175,000.