April 27, 2012

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Company hired to develop plan to retain and grow New York’s military bases

ALBANY – The state’s Empire State Development Corporation has hired a consulting company to develop a strategic plan for the retention and growth of military bases to strengthen their capacity as contributors to the economy and employment opportunities across the state.

Among those facilities to be reviewed will be the US Military Academy at West Point and the Stewart Air National Guard Base in the Town of Newburgh.

Hyjek & Fix, Inc. will design the state’s plan for identifying growth and retention opportunities at those bases.

In March, Governor Cuomo announced a $500,000 economic impact study to grow and retain state military bases and keep New York’s National Guard strong.

State military bases account for more than 10,000 direct jobs with direct wages of $688 million and $1.9 billion of economic impact.

Other facilities to be studied are Niagara Falls Reserve Station; Fort Drum in Watertown; Air Force Research Laboratories in Rome; Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia; Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse; Watervliet Arsenal in Albany; Forest Hamilton in Brooklyn; and Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton.


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