South Sound Military & Communities Partnership
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JBLM Growth Coordination Plan
In early 2010, the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment awarded a grant for the region to study the military growth impacts in the area. A planning document emerged called the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan .
The Plan recommended establishing a new JBLM regional partnership, which was established in May 2011 via a memorandum of agreement (MOA) as the South Sound Military Communities Partnership, or SSMCP.
The SSMCP provides a framework for collaboration in the South Sound region between local governments, military installations, state agencies, and federal agencies to better coordinate efforts in areas such as: military relations; transportation and land use planning; environmental protection; emergency preparedness; grant applications; health care; population forecasting; workforce development; education; housing; and economic development.
SSMCP is directing its information gathering outside of the borders of military base this year with the SSMCP Community & Business Survey. SSMCP will partner with a consulting firm to gather useful business and community information on interactions with and perceptions of military presence in the South Sound. The survey will be completed and presented to the Partnership by the end of October 2015.
The SSMCP is currently coordinating a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) that is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. Visit the JBLM JLUS website to learn more .
The SSMCP staffs several Working Groups comprised of regional stakeholders and subject matter experts tasked to (1) Assess the continuing relevance of the 2010 GCP recommendations and (2) Make recommendations to the Steering Committee for ongoing implementation and coordination. Current groups include Healthcare, Social Services, and Economic Development.
ARMY DOWNSIZING LISTENING SESSION
On January 21, 2015, the Army held a public listening session related to potential reduction of up to 11,000 active duty and civilian contractors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM.) Over 500 people attended the Army listening session and 67 people testified in person, including WA Governor Jay Inslee, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, Mayors and Council members from Lacey, Lakewood, Yelm, University Place, DuPont, Olympia, Orting, and many more. The event ran an hour longer than scheduled due to the large turnout.
The Army will announce its decision of whether JBLM will be downsized by summer 2015. Again, thank you for showing your support for and concern about JBLM!
News coverage of Army Listening Session:
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