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Charlottesville Regional Chamber Advises Congressional Delegation of the “Sizable” Federal Presence in Greater Charlottesville REgion, Suggests “Operating Efficiencies” Can Be Gained Within Region

(Charlottesville, Virginia � January 7, 2013)  The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has sent a Congressional Memorandum to the Greater Charlottesville region�s delegation to the United States Congress � Senators  Kaine and Warner and Representatives Cantor and Hurt � pointing out the �the sizeable federal presence within our Greater Charlottesville region.�  The Memorandum suggested that as the Congress and President Barack Obama proceed with budgetary evaluations, the region offers opportunities to �capture operating efficiencies within the federal government.�

 

The Chamber�s analysis of the federal presence in the region reveals an annual impact of approximately $500 million in the $200 million in combined direct salaries of the approximately 3,000 employees of the United States Army National Ground Intelligence Center, the US Department of Defense Intelligence Agency Joint Use Intelligence Analysis Facility, the several private defense contracting firms (comprising the Chamber Defense Enterprise Round Table firms), the US Federal Executive Institute and the US Army Judge Advocate General School plus a range of federal research activities at the University of Virginia estimated at approximately $300 million annually.

 

The Memorandum further noted the capacity at the Federal Executive Institute, the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College available to the government.

 

The Memorandum stated: �It is also our Chamber�s observation that focused, efficient defense intelligence expenditures and deployment are far wiser investments than the much larger expenditures necessitated from the lack of adequate intelligence investment.  Similarly, research investment brings significant fiscal savings across the economy.  A �stitch in time� saves not only �nine,� but time, money and lives.�

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