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"That white elephant looms," Platt said. "We've only tamed the white elephant. It could come
back some day."
A more complete transformation occurred in the Chicago suburb of Glenview. The Navy handed
over much of the Glenview Naval Air Station in 1995. The suburb north of the city sold $ 123
million of general obligation debt to lay the groundwork for a $ 500 million redevelopment. The
city estimates that the development created more than 3,000 jobs and helped drive up sales
volume in Glenview to more than $ 450 million, triple the amount when the base was open.
There are many tools that will help communities to ward off that prospect, the Defense
Department's O'Brien said. And though there's time, communities must plan so that key elements,
such as financing, will be in place when the impact is felt from the changes.
"This is not a sprint," he said. "You have to pace yourself."
Local News Articles
Commissioner plans to visit 440th;
Pentagon seeks to move wing from Mitchell to North Carolina base
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)
KATHERINE M. SKIBA
June 14, 2005
Washington - Officials said Monday that a federal commissioner on Thursday would visit the
Milwaukee's 440th Airlift Wing, which the Pentagon wants to move from Mitchell International
Samuel K. Skinner, who served as a White House chief of staff and as transportation secretary
under President George H.W. Bush, will make the trip.
The wing would be relocated to Pope Air Force Base, near Fayetteville, N.C., under a Pentagon
recommendation. Its eight C-1 30H Hercules transport planes would move to two other Southern
states under the plan.
Skinner is one of nine members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, which has
the authority to revise the Pentagon proposals. The commission must tell the president by Sept. 8
which bases it wants to shut down or realign.
Commission spokesman Jim Schaefer said Monday that Skinner's visit would let him talk to those
who manage the 440th and give him a feel for the unit's impact and military value.
Sen. Herb Kohl's spokesman, Patrick Morris, said Monday that the senator was pleased about the
news. Kohl and the other federal lawmakers from Wisconsin, joined by the governor, had pushed
for the visit when it appeared Milwaukee would be bypassed.
Skinner is an Illinois native and an adjunct professor of management and strategy at the Kellogg
School of Management at Northwestern University.
Earlier posts saw him as chairman, president and chief executive officer of USF Corp., a
transportation and logistics firm, and president of Commonwealth Edison and its holding
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