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Additionally, we have two large technical schools that have continued to meet the skilled
trades training requirements for Northeast Alabama's largest employer - Anniston Army
Depot. The co-op program that Anniston Army Depot has developed provides a
continuing pool of young workers with the skills necessary to continue the current and
expanded operations at the Depot. The training of these young men and women and the
successful placement of the graduates has been a key factor in reducing the average age
of ANAD workers from 48 years of age in 2003 to approximately 43 in 2005. The
ANAD high school co-op program, a model for the state of Alabama, has been adopted
by Mercedes and the Auburn Technology Park.
Public/private partnerships, performing at the highest level of any installation in the
Department of Defense as documented by a 2003 GAO report (Exhibit 4" "Depot
Maintenance Public-Private Partnerships"), between the Depot and the major original
equipment manufacturers (OEM's) provide an additional capability and skill base.
OEM's for ground combat vehicles, such as General Dynamics Land Systems, United
Defense and Honeywell, partner with Anniston Army Depot. United Defense's facilities
outside the Depot, in addition to its facilities on the Depot, allow it to expand production
capability, while also increasing the work performed by the Depot. As the author of the
concept of partnering for the Department of the Army, Anniston Army Depot will
continue to use public/private partnerships to meet workload increases and surges.
The Depot currently employs approximately 6,500 Depot, tenant and contractor
personnel. The total number of jobs directly and indirectly related to the Depot is 23,000.
(Exhibit 5, "JSU Economic Update") Other critical economic indicators related to the
Depot are described in the attached report. (Exhibit 6, "The Economic Impact of
Anniston Army Depot")
Our location between Atlanta and Birmingham is attractive to professionals. The area
offers cultural amenities, such as two museums, the "summer home" of the Alabama
Symphony Orchestra, the Knox Concert Series, shopping centers and a regional mall.
Continuing education courses and advanced degree opportunities are readily available at
Jacksonville State University, only twelve miles north of Anniston, including a doctoral
program. Doctoral programs in business, engineering and well over 100 other fields of
study are available within a two-hour drive at one of the following universities: Auburn,
Georgia State, Georgia Tech, the University of Alabama Birmingham, and the University
of Alabama Main Campus. (Exhibit 7, "Doctoral Programs")
No encroachment issues related to the Depot exist as demonstrated by the determination
in 2003 by the Office of Economic Adjustment's Thomas Shea that there was insufficient
cause to even conduct a Joint Land Use Study. There are no environmental impediments
that would hinder development. ANAD is buffered from residential development as
shown in the attached map. (Exhibit 8, "Installation Map") A recent industrial
announcement of a heavy industry, Kronospan, a wood-processing facility was greeted
warmly by the community. We expect community acceptance of the new rubber facility
that will be located here, just as we accept the demilitarization of Chemical Weapons
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Community Response to Request From COL Raulerson, text, September 19, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc22207/m1/4/?rotate=270: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.