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Friday, February 27, 2009

UNCP, FSU to engage in Army impact study

The School of Business at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, in partnership with Fayetteville State University, will study the impact of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) on the 11-county region.

Titled “The Economic Impact of BRAC in the 11-member Counties: Bridging the Gap of the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Populations,” the study will be complete by mid July  and is funded by the U.S. Labor Department at a cost of $160,000.

Announced on February 18, Cammie Hunt Oxendine, Acting Dean of the School of Business, will lead UNCP’s effort with Dr. John Spillan, a professor in the Management, Marketing and International Business Department. Oxendine said it is an important project for several reasons.

“The University and the School of Business are pleased to be invited as a partner in the study,” Oxendine said. “This study is important for the region and for the group we will study.

“It is an important partnership as well because this is the first collaboration between FSU’s and UNCP’s business schools,” she continued. “It will be very interesting, and we will know more after our first meeting next week.”

BRAC Director Paul Dordal said the study may encompass stakeholder groups such as community colleges, minority and tribal organizations, government, social services and others.

“Our goal is to determine how BRAC will impact the underrepresented and disadvantaged population in the region and what resources we can identify to assist these citizens with educational advancement, employment and other areas addressed by the findings of this study,” Dordal said.

BRAC will be the result of closing an Army base in Atlanta and relocating approximately 20,000 soldiers and their families to Ft. Bragg over several years. The move will have a tremendous impact on the economy, schools, transportation and housing of Cumberland County and the 10 counties surrounding it.

The counties to be included in the study are Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Moore. Robeson, Sampson, Bladen, Lee, Montgomery, Richmond and Scotland.

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