Northwest Florida Military Sustainability Partnership. August 7, 2012. Eglin AFB and the Eglin Reservation. MIPA III area. Eglin has a proven track record of mission accomplishment.
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August 7, 2012
MIPA III area
Haas Center at University of West Florida estimates the annual military economic impact to Okaloosa County at $5.2 billion
Represents 58,811 jobs; sales activity of $4 billion; consumption of $3.3 billion; and capital investment of $495.1 million
Average earnings per military-related job are $87,300
Two separate but complementary study efforts funded by OEA after BRAC 2005:
Joint Land Use Study
Growth Management Plan study
begun in April 2007 - completed in August 2009
Overseen by the JLUS Policy Committee -- elected officials from every jurisdiction, citizen representatives, and leadership from Eglin AFB
Provided over 20 unique recommendations focusing on land use issues and approaches to remedy incompatibilities.
Recommended Small Area Studies of the low-level flight corridors providing ingress and egress to the Eglin AFB reservation.
Object is limiting encroachment on the flight corridors
Mission concerns include:
Begun in April 2011 – on track to complete this October
begun in June 2008 -- completed in June 2010
Overseen by the Eglin Installation Growth Committee -- representatives from Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties
12 member Executive Committee with ten subcommittees working under the Executive Committee
Provided 68 unique recommendations for long-term military compatibility
Set up to oversee the Small Area Studies and implementation of the JLUS and GMP recommendations
Bound by Interlocal Agreements between the three counties and nine of the municipalities within the counties
Eglin AFB also participates in the Partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement, as does the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council
The Executive Committee consists of a representative appointed by each jurisdiction
A Military Growth Advisory Group comprised of technical planning and engineering staff personnel from each of the jurisdictions supports the work of the Partnership
A full-time staff person coordinates the Partnership -- also responsible for coordinating implementation of the JLUS and GMP recommendations by the jurisdictions
The Partnership gives us the forum for continuous dialogue and cooperation for military support across the Tri-County area beyond BRAC
Having the Base as an active partner in the Partnership makes this work
Continuous public information effort and interactive communication with key stakeholders is crucial
Most significant challenge for the area is transportation.
There are many opportunities to cooperatively develop infrastructure that serves the community as well as the installations.
SR 85 is the only north south artery from the north of the county to Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County
East-west travel is also a concern. US 98 spans all three counties along the beaches, the main component of our tourism industry
Mid Bay Bridge Connector road around Niceville to the Mid-Bay Bridge and Destin -- well under construction and providing relief
Duke Field/7SFG Entrance and SR 85 interchange:
Cody Avenue (Hurlburt Field) and US 98 Interchange:
2 other Okaloosa County projects to help Hurlburt Field traffic are pending funding
Okaloosa County Water and Sewer Department built a 17-mile pipeline and master sewer lift station for the 7SFG Cantonment
Wastewater treatment and disposal consolidated at the County’s facility to ultimately save the public money and allow the military to focus on the mission
Four other water and sewer projects are also planned on Eglin
Nearly $450,000 in Defense Infrastructure Grant funding from Enterprise Florida for two communications projects:
Eglin has played a prominent role in airpower history for our country for 75 years
…and has been a good neighbor and employer for the surrounding communities
The Northwest Florida Military Sustainability Partnership is working to continue that relationship
Ken Little, Military Sustainability Partnership Coordinator
Okaloosa County Department of Growth Management
1804 Lewis Turner Blvd, Ste 200
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547