International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Community Perceptions of the Environmental Impact of the Closure of Fort McPherson
Dr. Vereda Johnson Williams

On May 13, 2005, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced that Fort McPherson will close by September 15, 2011. Community perceptions can often lead to problematic issues to overcome in the redevelopment of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) installation. The Fort McPherson area is composed of high minority and poverty populations where issues such as public health, economic development, and community impact become key barriers to workforce development. A major portion of the plan for the redevelopment of the base includes the development of a Bio-Science Park that will serve as an anchor for the economic development of the 487-acre facility. The intent of the Bio-Science Park is to serve as the hub of research and development with direct ties to public and private research universities and scientific talent. A survey instrument was constructed by the Atlanta Zoning Department to ascertain the views of selected affected communities which would be impacted by the closure of Fort McPherson. This study analyzes this survey with respect to the expected inconsistent demand for the jobs that this base closure will create.

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