|dc.description.abstract||As the 1990s approached, Columbus, Georgia knew that military base
realignments and closures were about to happen. Rather than wait for the U.S.
Department of Defense to make its decision, the Columbus Chamber of
Commerce took a proactive position. Specifically, through the Military Affairs &
Commercial Development and Economic Development departments, the chamber
partnered with the military community at Fort Benning to leverage their unique
asset (i.e., strong civilian-military relationships) to reach three key objectives.
One, the chamber and Fort Benning have partnered to support the work force
needs of new and existing industry. Two, they have joined forces to resolve the
area's problematic shortage of land for industrial development. Three, they have
worked together to bolster Fort Benning's value in Columbus.
The joint venture between the civilian and military communities in the greater
Columbus area has yielded several benefits. New and existing businesses have
created thousands of jobs and invested millions of new capital while soldiers and
their families have realized new economic opportunities. Land is now available
to meet the rising demand for industrial space. Instead of losing units during the
1990s, Fort Benning has gained military operations.||en