The Association of Defense Communities Appreciates Your Long-Standing Leadership
August 1, 2012
Dear Representative Farr and Representative Jenkins:
The Association of Defense Communities appreciates your long-standing leadership in supporting the men and women who serve our nation and the communities that support them now and have supported them in the past. ADC is the nation’s leading association representing U.S. communities and states with a significant military presence.
As our nation continues toward a time of great fiscal uncertainty, our Association asks that you give consideration to the impact that sequestration will have on defense communities and states that support and have supported military installations across the country. Our communities would be among the first impacted by drastic defense spending cuts if they are implemented in January 2013 as planned; there would be immediate direct effects, including furloughed civilian personnel and a reduction in federal investment in local infrastructure. The indirect impact, harder to predict but potentially as devastating, includes higher unemployment rates, lower tax revenues, struggling small businesses, the relocation of skilled workers, fewer education resources, less veterans support, increased public assistance needs, and an inability to plan for short- or long-term regional economic goals.
On behalf of ADC’s 200 communities,states,regions and partner organizations, I hope that as you and your colleagues discuss solutions to help our nation strengthen its national security, economic health and fiscal well-being, that you give strong consideration to the negative impact that sequestration and the uncertainty associated with it would have on the communities and states that support defense missions.
Like you, ADC members understand that our country faces difficult challenges requiring tough decisions, that changes must occur and that there are many voices in this critical national dialogue. We appreciate your willingness to understand the impact these issues have on defense communities if such cuts are implemented through a process as drastic as sequestration, especially at a time when defense communities are already coping with other changes and budget cuts. Our Association also hopes to continue working with members of your committee as our nation’s military adjusts to support the threats facing our national security today.
Please feel free to contact Tim Ford, the ADC Chief Executive Officer, if we can provide more information regarding the economic well-being of communities and states that support and have supported U.S. military missions.
Thank you again for your service to our country.
Respectfully, John Armbrust President, Association of Defense Communities