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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Chamber of Commerce leader: Fort LV cuts a potential 'economic tsunami'

  • On behalf of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, we reach out to our community, our business owners, and our civic and education leaders to send your comments to the U.S. Environmental Command.
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  • In 1827, Fort Leavenworth was strategically located at the high point of the Missouri River. The communities that grew and blossomed with the fort have enjoyed a strong bond through the fort’s 187-year history.
    The relationships between the fort and surrounding communities have never been stronger with many deeply rooted as well as emerging cultural and economic goals. 
    The Army’s proposed 2,500 manning draw down will undermine those efforts and derail mutually established economic objectives for our future and those stationed at the fort.
    Our community is made up of hundreds of veteran-owned, retiree-owned, and military spouse-owned businesses. Our communities provide Fort Leavenworth personnel an affordable cost of living and a welcoming community atmosphere.
    Because of these attributes, our military friends have made Leavenworth/Lansing their home during their service and continuing on after their service. Eliminating 2,500 positions, as proposed, is an economic tsunami that many of our businesses would not survive. The aggregate effect is a degradation of the community and its ability to support the fort. 
    Fort Leavenworth is a pivotal part of our community. It affects our community’s identity, the demographic of the people who call our area home, and serves as a major economic engine to the surrounding region, providing $2.7 billion in economic impact annually.
    However, Fort Leavenworth as our neighbor means more in value than just economics.  Fort Leavenworth is the “intellectual center of the Army,” and the diversity presented by the fort makes our community stronger. The Fort is part of our history, culture, and heritage, and has played a strategic role in our past and plays an important role in shaping our future.
    Speaking of that future, the Leavenworth-Lansing community is working diligently to maintain our symbiotic relationship. Due to the overwhelming need for lodging for military and Department of Defense personnel, three new hotel properties are under construction as well as investments in the revitalization of our downtown with new upscale apartments, shops and restaurants. These developments and others still in planning are at risk should these dramatic cuts continue.
    On behalf of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, we reach out to our community, our business owners, and our civic and education leaders to send your comments to the U.S. Environmental Command.
    Information on where to send comments and talking points can be found at www.LLChamber.com.

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