Gov. Warner Names Panel to Study Base Closing Plan

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) today appointed members- including several from Fairfax County- to serve on the Northern Virginia and Central Virginia working groups studying the Pentagon's plan to close or relocate military installations and offices. The news release has not been posted on the governor's website but here is the text:

RICHMOND -- Governor Mark R. Warner today appointed members to serve on the Northern Virginia and Central Virginia BRAC Working Groups.
The Northern Virginia BRAC working group will address the recommendations issued in August by the 2005 BRAC Commission that called for the movement of more than 20,000 jobs out of leased office space in Arlington and Alexandria, the addition of approximately 15,000 personnel at Fairfax County's Fort Belvoir, and other changes within the region.
The Central Virginia working group will address recommendations that call for increasing by approximately 7,000 the number of civilian and military personnel who will permanently work or spend time as students at Fort Lee near Petersburg, as well as other changes.
"This BRAC round will result in significant challenges especially for localities in Northern Virginia, with some enduring job significant job losses and leased space vacancy rates even as neighboring jurisdictions deal with a major influx of new workers," Governor Warner said. "The retention of the military's primary research agencies in Arlington with the greatest positive economic impact could, in fact, present opportunities for Arlington that this group can explore."
"I expect the Northern Virginia and the Central Virginia Working Groups to consider the potential impacts of these job shifts on their respective regions - impacts on transportation, education and housing, to name a few. The working groups will operate under the auspices of the Virginia Commission on Military Bases, and provide us with both the immediate and longer term vision to respond to the changes caused by 2005 BRAC process."
Members of the working groups are expected to report their findings and recommendations to the Governor no later than December 1, 2005.
Governor Warner will name members to the Peninsula BRAC Working Group in coming days.
The Northern Virginia BRAC Working Group is comprised of the following individuals:
· As chair, Robert G. Templin, Jr., Ph.D., of Alexandria, President of Northern Virginia Community College;
· Michael G. Anzilotti of Chantilly, President of Virginia Commerce BankCorp, Inc.;
· Christine K. Cimko of Fairfax, Managing Director for Burson-Marsteller Public Relations;
· The Honorable Sean T. Connaughton of Prince William, Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors;
· The Honorable Gerald E. Connolly of Fairfax, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors;
· The Honorable L. Karen Darner of Arlington, former member of the Virginia House of Delegates and current Vice Chair of Arlington's Committee of 100;
· The Honorable Jeannemarie A. Devolites Davis of Fairfax, Senator of the 34th District;
· Albert J. Dwoskin of Fairfax, President and Chief Executive Officer of A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc.;
· The Honorable William D. Euille of Alexandria, Mayor of the City of Alexandria;
· The Honorable Jay Fisette of Arlington, Chairman of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors;
· Bobbie Green Kilberg of Fairfax, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Virginia Technology Council;
· The Honorable L. Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William, Delegate of the 31st District;
· The Honorable Linda T. "Toddy" Puller of Fairfax, Senator of the 36th District;
· The Honorable Mary Margaret Whipple of Arlington, Senator of the 31st District.
Additionally, the region's members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representatives JoAnn Davis, Tom Davis, Jim Moran, and Frank Wolf, and U. S. Senators John Warner and George Allen will serve as non-voting, ex-officio members. Mr. Mitchell N. Shear of Washington, D.C., President of Charles E. Smith Commercial Reality, will also serve as a non-voting member.
The Central Virginia BRAC Working Group is comprised of the following individuals:
· As chair, Eddie N. Moore, Jr., of Chester, President of Virginia State University;
· The Honorable Edward Barber of Bon Air, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors;
· J. Peter Clements of Carson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Southside Virginia;
· The Honorable Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg, Delegate of the 63rd District;
· The Honorable Riley E. Ingram of Hopewell, Delegate of the 62nd District;
· The Honorable Vanessa Justice of Hopewell, Mayor of the City of Hopewell;
· The Honorable J. Chris Kollman, III, of Colonial Heights, Mayor of the City of Colonial Heights;
· The Honorable Joseph A. Leming, M.D., of Prince George, Chairman of the Prince George County Board of Supervisors;
· The Honorable Henry L. Marsh, III, of Richmond, Senator of the 16th District;
· James B. McNeer, Ed.D., of Petersburg, President of Richard Bland College;
· The Honorable Annie M. Mickens of Petersburg, Mayor of the City of Petersburg;
· The Honorable Harrison A. Moody of Blackstone, Chairman of the Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors;
· Dennis K. Morris of Petersburg, Executive Director of the Crater Planning District Commission;
· Marshall W. Smith, Ph.D., of Midlothian, President of John Tyler Community College;
· Lt. General (Ret.) David S. Weisman of Chesterfield, President and Chief Executive Officer of Logistics Management Resources, Inc.
Additionally, the region's members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Representatives Randy Forbes and Bobby Scott, and U. S. Senators John Warner and George Allen will serve as non-voting, ex-officio members.

By Steve Fehr |  September 15, 2005; 6:07 PM ET  | Category:  Government
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