HR&A led a successful BRAC process for the Griffiss Air Force Base that resulted in transformation of the Base into a business and technology park.
In 1995, HR&A worked with Oneida County officials and a variety of other local stakeholders in Upstate New York on the re-use of Griffiss Air Force Base, a 3,500-acre military facility slated for realignment by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). The Base served as a major regional economic driver, and its redevelopment was vital to maintaining economic stability in the County. Through 2010, the re-use of the base as a business and technology park had attracted approximately 75 businesses and 5,500 jobs in technology, manufacturing, aviation, office, education and recreation.
Griffiss Business and Technology Business Park has since exceeded all development targets established by the HR&A-developed plan.
HR&A led a project team to:
- Analyze real estate, aviation, and land use issues;
- Prepare a financial feasibility analysis for a range of proposed industrial, commercial, and recreational uses;
- Create a capital investment program and implementation plan;
- Prepare the Economic Development Conveyance application for this facility (including a projection of the new jobs and economic activity that redevelopment would create); and
- Assist in the land transfer.
HR&A also led a successful effort to save the co-located Rome Air Lab from closure.
In 1993, the Rome Air Laboratory, one of the eight research and development labs run by the US Air Force and located on the Griffiss Base, was facing closure. HR&A served as the community’s consultant in the successful effort to save the Lab, a military “super laboratory”. We guided a team of lobbyists, science and technology experts, econometric modelers and marketing professionals to justify preserving Rome Lab to the Air Force and the Department of Defense, as well as to Congressional and White House officials. Due to HR&A’s work, the Lab was spared closure. HR&A also coordinated a similarly successful effort for the 2005 BRAC review round, which resulted in continued civilian and military employment at Rome Lab.