Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation directors discussed military spending and approved paying for several future and current construction projects on Jan. 24.
Retired Col. Bill Parry spoke to the board for the second time in two months regarding Washington, D.C., current events suspected to affect Army operations in the coming years.
While budget cuts during the next decade are certain, Parry described their possible effects as a “black and swirling abyss.”
Decreasing the number of active-duty soldiers, downsizing military construction and placing a freeze on civilian hiring are all certainties, Parry said. Effects of issues such as sequestration, which has been postponed until March 1, are still pending.
“The Defense Department and the Army are in for some rocky times,” Parry said of the next few years. “But it’s not the first time we’ve been there.”
Board President Dan Yancy told Parry to “come back with better news” for his next presentation.
The board took action to pay Walker Partners $13,504 for preliminary designs and $18,367 for final designs of the Narrows Business and Technology Park, which will be located on the southern end of Constitution Drive.
The board also agreed to pay $2,100 for final design of the reconstruction of Old Copperas Cove Road project.
Members approved a $7,500 reimbursement to Black Meg 43 as part of their agreement to help the business owners with up to $40,000 of infrastructure improvements and other qualified expenditures.
During staff reports, the board learned streets constructed in the Narrows, will be named Robert Griffin III Boulevard and Charles Tillman Boulevard. Both would be maintained by the city after their construction.
Director of Business Development Monica Hull also reported how the city’s connection to Robert Griffin III has made Copperas Cove more appealing to site selectors.
“We couldn’t ask for anything better,” Hull said.
“RG3 is everything we hoped he could be. It proves what we’re doing, the Hometown to a Heisman (campaign), is working well,” she said, referencing the EDC’s marketing strategy for available properties at www.explorecove.com.