Counties want to lure BRAC families

September 23, 2009 9:15:20 PM PDT
Over the next 18 months, the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area will see about 40,000 new residents as the Army's Forces Command re-locates from Fort McPherson, Georgia. On Wednesday, municipal leaders from cities and towns surrounding Fort Bragg were in Georgia taking part in a relocation fair.

They were all making pitches to lure thousands of civilian employees to make their communities home when the big move comes.

Some said it has been a tough sell only because many of the civilian employees have been in denial thinking that the long-time home of Forces Command would never close.

But now they're starting to realize by September 15, 2011 Fort McPherson will close and their jobs will be headed to Fort Bragg with or without them.

"For us what's important is locale, close to the post, specific type of home that we're looking for," civilian employee Chris Bagley said. "Gated community would be good."

Personal income at Fort Bragg and surrounding areas is expected to grow to nearly $45 billion.

"Obviously it's going to mean business opportunities," Chief of Staff Jeffery Hammond said. "But it's going to be the Army family just growing and multiplying there at Fort Bragg North Carolina."

And what will it mean if some of the nearly 700 highly paid civilian workforce decide not to make the move to Fort Bragg?

"It means we're going to be looking to hire some folks to join our great FORSCOM Family," Hammond said.

Many of those jobs are high-paying civil service jobs. They'll be available to civil servants from military bases around the world.

The command is asking the employees to make a good faith decision if they will transfer to Fort Bragg by March. Hammonds said they should have an exact count by June.

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