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Consultant Begins Work on Military Value Analysis for CYALDG

CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (August 5, 2016) – In June of 2015, the Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group (CYALDG), administered by Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. (CAEDC), engaged Michael Baker and Dering Consulting Group to conduct a Military Value Analysis and a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) as part of the Strategic Positioning Plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance operations, missions and workloads at the Carlisle Barracks, Army War College, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Distribution Logistics Agency (DLA) Susquehanna, and the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg.

Due to the State Budget Impasse for the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year, the project was placed on hold due to lack of funding. In May 2016, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners awarded the CYALDG with $50,000 to bridge the funding gap to move the project forward, in addition to grant monies from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the remaining balance of the project costs for the analysis and final report.

“We are thrilled to get this project started. The military is our largest employer in Cumberland County, and collectively, it contributes significantly to our local economy with approximately 8,000 family-sustaining jobs and a total regional economic impact of approximately $938 million annually in payroll and local contracts with vendors,” said Jonathan Bowser, CAEDC CEO.

With necessary funding in hand, Michael Baker will begin work on the Military Value Analysis and JLUS this month with stakeholder interviews and data gathering. In September, they will hold a series of public meetings to collect additional information (meeting dates and times TBD).

The analysis report is due back in February 2017, at which time, the public will have a chance to review the final report. The purpose of this report is to help strengthen our military installations and enhance our military value to the Department of Defense.

The deliverables of the report will look at current military value, competitiveness analysis (how we compare to other military communities), strategies to enhance military value, community partnerships, state and local funding of facilities and infrastructure, and a military capacity analysis of our region.

“As citizens we know the value our region provides to employers of all types, whether it’s our location, talented workforce, cost of living, infrastructure and transportation networks, or quality of life. As businesses continue to analyze their balance sheets and look for efficiencies to improve operations and profits, so is the federal government,” added Bowser. “We think South Central Pennsylvania has a lot to offer employers, and we want to ensure we have our finger on the pulse and communicate properly to our national military leaders and elected officials to help them understand and know the value we have to offer here in the Commonwealth and the region. Other military communities and states are investing significant dollars into enhancing their military installations, and the CYALDG looks to do the same here in South Central PA.”

About the Cumberland York Area Local Defense Group
The CYALDG was formed to enhance the military value and advocacy for the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, the Carlisle Barracks and the Army War College, organizations, and defense related stakeholders throughout South Central Pennsylvania. Learn more about this organization here.

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