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economic impact is about $ 90 million.
"The timing of this couldn't be worse. Right now, 357 personnel from the 440th are serving on
active duty, including almost 200 in the Iraq theater," Doyle said in a statement. "It is especially
disturbing for the airmen of this unit to get this news at a time when many of them are deployed
overseas and flying missions in harm's way."
Though Ohio would see a net gain of 241 jobs, Cleveland would lose the Defense Finance and
Accounting Service and about 1,028 jobs. Meanwhile, neighboring Indiana would benefit with a
gain of 3,378 civilian jobs and 114 military jobs, including the DFAS to be located in
As with many states, Ohio had been anticipating changes for some time. The state formed the
Ohio Task Force to Save Defense Jobs several years ago, said Mark Rickel, press secretary for
Gov. Bob Taft. The General Assembly, which put $ 2.5 million aside to help communities, "put
their best foot forward in encouraging the Department of Defense to reconsider their
recommendation," he said. Cleveland has spent about $ 300,000 to make its case, Rickel said.
In its current budget bill, the state included language to allow Cleveland to partner with the local
business community to create incentives for redevelopment, he said. One option is to create a new
building for the DFAS site, which could save the Pentagon the cost of moving.
The legislature amended the budget bill to include an additional $ 1 million for the communities
that will need to look to economic redevelopment, he said. The Mansfield Air National Guard
Base would lose 295 jobs and the Springfield-Buckley Municipal Airport Air Guard Station
would lose 291 jobs.
"First things first. The state's committeeman is going to make the argument on behalf of the
communities," Rickel said.
The state boasts one of the success stories featured this past weekend in a national conference that
brought together military communities to learn about tools for redevelopment. The Heath-
Newark-Licking County Port Authority was created in 1993 when the BRAC recommended
closing the Newark Air Force Base.
Though the community was skeptical of the potential for owning what could be a "white
elephant," the Port Authority's moves to privatize the functions of the base have been a success,
said executive director Rick Platt.
The authority manages the base and leases the facilities to private military contractors. In 2006,
the port will own the land where the base was located, Platt said. In addition, the port has
acquired additional land with an eye toward development. The authority has issued about $ 18
million of bank-qualified bonds as a conduit issuer and for expansion of infrastructure.
Set for closure in 1995, the Newark base was the first to use the privatization model, according to
Platt. At a conference for installation developers held in Denver, the authority received an award
for innovation and was cited as a model for other communities, he said.
Platt said the community took a risk that has paid off so far. However, the prospect of the military
jobs drying up still exists.
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