While Congress works to iron out a budget, the so called sequester still stands. With it, areas that rely on federal spending are bracing for across the board cuts. Military communities are particularly hit.
In the February 2013 issue, Georgia Trend magazine highlighted eight “renaissance cities” around the state. Editor Susan Percy talks about what makes these communities – and their downtowns – stand out.
Ft. Stewart officials welcomed visitors to the post's new barracks for ill and injured soldiers. The Army has been improving its medical housing since 2007 reports about poor conditions at Army trauma centers. Ft. Stewart officials say, the $25 million complex consolidates care for injured soldiers.
Nearly 700 Ft. Stewart soldiers are getting ready to say goodbye to their families before leaving for their first deployment to Afghanistan. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment held a ceremony Wednesday to pack the unit's battle flag, a symbol that the troops and their flag will soon be heading overseas.
Northwest Georgia and Atlanta regional officials are scheduled to propose their wish lists for a possible transportation tax Thursday. And with that, all of Georgia's twelve transportation regions will have wish lists ready to show voters. The lists detail how officials plan to spend a proposed penny sales tax for road and other projects.
President Obama's plan to freeze federal spending could have big budget implications in Georgia. The state is expected to spend about $11 billion of federal funds in the coming year. Most of it goes to Medicaid, the health care program for the poor and disabled. But about a billion also goes to education.
The US Army is using a study involving 21,000 soldiers at Ft. Stewart to implement new mental health policies. Psychiatrists gave a group of Georgia-based soldiers additional mental health screenings before deploying to Iraq. Army psychiatrists says, incidents of mental health problems went down by about half among soldiers who got the additional screening.
Fort-Stewart has about $515 million worth of active construction projects going on. The work represents some of the largest physical transformations the coastal-area Army base has seen. The projects also will provide new services to soldiers. The Warrior Transition Battalion this week broke ground on new living space for soldiers receiving complex medical treatment.
Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers say, they expect to bring $215 million dollars worth of construction projects onto Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield over the next 12 months. The contracts are expected to provide a boost to the economies of Hinesville and Savannah.