OK... What is BRAC? Well is stands for Base Realignment and Closure and what that means in English is as it effects us here in Coumbus, GA and Phenix City AL. (we are only a few miles apart, divided by a river).
The big impact of the BRAC move to our area is the moving of Ft. Knox"s Armor group is moving to Ft. Benning, GA. Not only will this increase the number of Military persons at Ft. Benning, but there will be a large increase in the number of Government Civilians and contractors coming as well. Below is the lastest information I have on the increase to our area.
Military Jobs= 4,712 Spouses= 2,733 Children= 4,386 School age= 2,771 TOTAL = 11,831
Gov Civilians Jobs= 1,889 Spouses= 1,511 Children= 1,451 School age= 1,096 TOTAL = 4,851
Contractors Jobs= 4,802 Spouses= 2,641 Children= 3,963 School age= 2,972 TOTAL = 11,406
Total Jobs= 11,403 Spouses= 6,885 Children= 9,800 School age= 6,839 TOTAL = 28,088
This growth is planned for the next several years and is to be compeleted by 2011.
As you can just guess what effect this will have not only at Ft. Benning, but also the area around Ft. Benning. We believe this will impact about 9 counties around Ft. Benning. This will involve housing, schools, roads, shopping and more. Ft. Benning has about 2,377 new houses being built on post and they will not be adding any additional one.
Our housing market like most has had it down sizing, but I am sure not as bad as other areas. Our main concern in the next months and years to come is the availiabity of homes for the people coming here.
KIA car manufacture is build a hugh plant about 45 mintues NorthWest of us in a place call West Point, GA. We believe we will see an impact from that as well. Most people will live in the Columbus / Phenix City area and drive to work. This means even more houses will me needed.
Columbus, GA is the home of AFLAC and they have announced they are going to increase their employee by another 2,000 in the next year or so.
WOW! can you believe what is going on here? If you have clients that are military and are being transferred to Ft. Benning, please let me know. We can work together to find them a great home. My web site also provides a link to the Ft. Benning web site along with other links to learn about our area.
If you have questions about BRAC, Columbus housing or anything,,,,,,, just let me know.