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Chamber takes over military committee
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Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order that moves the responsibilities of the Military Affairs Coordinating Committee from the state to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. In existence since 1994, the committee aids the state’s efforts with the federal Base Realignment and Closure and supports the role of bases in local economies.

“Georgia has always housed many our nation’s finest military bases, and our patriotic communities have long provided a warm welcome to troops stationed here,” Deal said. “In addition, U.S. military bases are an important part of local economies in Georgia. Our state has worked diligently for many years to preserve our bases, and the Military Affairs Coordinating Committee has played an important role in working with our bases as the nation has gone through base closure and realignment and in communicating with the BRAC commissions on the important work our communities and state perform on behalf of our military installations.

“Georgia’s success in these endeavors is self-evident. We have preserved most of our military installations, which play a crucial role in the defense of our nation. Under the Chamber, the committee will continue its work to aid our bases and will focus attention on expanding the development of Georgia’s defense industries. A partnership with the Chamber provides a great fit for the committee as it moves forward into the challenges and opportunities of the next decade.”

The executive order states: “This Committee, which shall be comprised of members of the public and private sectors, as well as representatives of the military, shall work to maintain a strong military presence in our state, to attract new economic development to our military communities, and to build a broader base of support for the members of the military and their families.”

“I greatly appreciate the Georgia Chamber’s willingness to undertake this vital task and encourage Georgians to support their efforts,” Deal said.