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NSA Crane offered opportunities for collaboration and involvement

By Times Staff

The White River Military Coordination Alliance membership communities
briefed NSA Crane about opportunities for collaboration between Crane
and neighboring cities and counties -- including Sullivan County --
during the second-annual “State of the Community” address at the
Alliance’s first-quarter meeting recently.

The briefing, delivered by Brianne Jerrels, vice-chair of the
Alliance, followed a “State of the Installation” address given by NSA
Crane for the Alliance membership communities in November 2020. The
five counties and nine incorporated cities and towns that make up the
Alliance membership communities prepared the State of the Community
briefing, which highlighted changes that may impact the installation
as well as upcoming areas for partnership.

The community’s address focused on how communities and Crane can
increase collaboration to explore partnerships surrounding
intergovernmental support agreements, to bring together institutional
knowledge to address items of mutual concern, and to create a forum
for Crane and the community to share resources.

The address detailed:

Possibilities for P4 collaboration: During the 2020 State of the
Installation Address, NSA Crane provided a number of opportunities to
get involved in Public-Public Public-Private partnerships. One
successful example of this relationship is the recent 911 MOA
agreement, which opened the door for future intergovernmental support
agreements. Eight communities neighboring the installation identified
specific opportunities they plan to explore with NSA Crane and the
Alliance plans to help facilitate coordinated efforts to foster these
mutual areas of interest.

Opportunities to build long-term relationships: Several organizations
across the Alliance membership communities currently include some form
of Crane representation. Incorporating more Crane representation into
organizations, commissions and boards can help ensure that Crane and
the communities are working together and communicating effectively.
The efforts of the Alliance have laid a firm foundation for strong
partnerships between Crane and community leaders.

Win-win development: The individual communities neighboring Crane and
Lake Glendora Test Facility are working to equip, attract and retain a
workforce that can fill Crane’s job pipeline. The region’s workforce
represents one of the highest concentrations of STEM-related jobs in
the country and the communities are working to enhance STEM
programming, revitalize parks, downtowns and infrastructure to keep up
with regional growth.

Engagement in community events: Communities encouraged Crane to join
local events, celebrations, festivals and programs. More information
will be made available to Crane regarding specific dates and
opportunities in light of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Community
members can get to know Crane better through its increased presence at
events that are a point of pride and connection for the cities, towns
and counties.

Connecting Crane with strategic community planning: Several of the
Alliance membership communities, including Daviess County and the city
of Washington, are in the process of updating their comprehensive
strategic plans. Additionally, economic development organizations in
Daviess, Greene, Lawrence and Martin counties are leading the
implementation efforts of their recently-completed Quality of Place
and Workforce Attraction plans. Sullivan is also engaged in strategic
planning efforts, including hiring for a position that will provide
Crane a direct opportunity to participate.

"This State of the Community Address provides an unmatched opportunity
to collaborate with our neighbors at Crane and allows for open
discussions surrounding areas of mutual interest,” said Alliance
vice-chair and president of the Greene County Economic Development
Corporation, Brianne Jerrels. “We are grateful for this opportunity to
create partnerships and support the development of our region.”

The next quarterly Alliance meeting will be held in May 2020.

The WRMCA is a community organization that was formed in 2018 to
promote positive development and growth in the communities that
surround Naval Support Activity Crane and Lake Glendora Test Facility
(Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin and Sullivan counties) by
facilitating two-way communication between the communities, counties,
state agencies and NSA Crane. The focus of the24-member alliance is to
create opportunities for economic prosperity and land conservation in
the region, safeguard Crane’s military mission and protect community
health and safety. They encourage the community to take their survey
about Crane at Follow the Alliance on Facebook,
Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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