As Environmental Impact Study scoping meetings continue...
Concerns arise, this time from Anchorage, regarding the transfer of f16s...
Even Anchorage officials are wary of the potential for F–16s to relocate from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce will not comment on the proposed move as they have not voted on an official position.
Through his representatives, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says the housing market is a major concern as it is already flooded; additional families to the Anchorage Bowl area could worsen the situation.
Bill Popp, President and C.E.O. of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation says they are not anti–military, but do oppose the move for many reasons that directly impact industry in Anchorage.
First and foremost, he says, they are in support of Fairbanks and the impacts the move will cause here.
Popp told Newscenter 11 "Fairbanks is an important part of the Fairbanks economy and if Fairbanks' economy is in decline then Anchorage feels the bite. We have a lot of Warehouse and Transportation based businesses that relies on the Fairbanks area for a significant part of their revenues, we have Service industries here in Anchorage that rely on the Fairbanks region for business that is important to their bottom line, and if Fairbanks begins to decline because of a significant impact like the move of this Agressor Squadron, we'll feel that."
The Air Force will hold two Environmental Impact Statement scoping meetings Wednesday, noon and 6 p.m., both held at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.
The Fairbanks Borough is offering free shuttle services for those attending the 6 pm meeting.
The shuttle busses will run continuously from 5 to 9 pm from Pioneer Park to the Riverside Lodge.
Then tomorrow, another meeting will be held at 6pm in North Pole High School.