Community Studies Begin to Prepare Robins for BRAC

4:20 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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At Thursday's quarterly meeting of the 21st Century Partnership, the group detailed the purpose of ongoing community studies, that will help the region prepare for BRAC, or Base Realignment and Closure.

Officials expect the next round of BRAC to occur in 2015, and possibly again in 2017.

Retired Major General Bob McMahon commissed the studies when he took over as CEO of the 21st Century Partnership in August.

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is conducting the study at the cost of $175,000. It is being paid for with funds from the partnership, a non-profit organization funded by donations.

Laura Mathis with the Regional Commission said the study will compare Warner Robins and the surrounding area with 12 other similar military communities around the country. That includes places such as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Corpus Christi, Texas.

The study will give a side-by-side comparison of how Robins stacks up against the other communities in areas such as education, transportation, cost of living, childcare, and air quality.

The first results of the study in the areas of education, innovation, transportation, and air quality will be released at the end of this month.

Results in other areas will be released each month, through June.

McMahon told the group that the study will tell the community where they're doing well, and where they need to improve before the BRAC commission meets.

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