Second-Annual State of Community Address Presents NSA Crane with Opportunities

(ODON) – The White River Military Coordination Alliance membership communities briefed NSA Crane about opportunities for collaboration between Crane and neighboring cities and counties during the second-annual “State of the Community” address at the Alliance’s first-quarter meeting. 

The briefing, delivered by Brianne Jerrels, vice-chair of the Alliance, followed a “State of the Installation” address given by NSA Crane for the Alliance membership communities in November 2020. The five counties and nine incorporated cities and towns that make up the Alliance membership communities prepared the State of the Community briefing, which highlighted changes that may impact the installation as well as upcoming areas for partnership. 

Greene County Economic Development Corporation, Brianne Jerrels

The community’s address focused on how communities and Crane can increase collaboration to explore partnerships surrounding intergovernmental support agreements, to bring together institutional knowledge to address items of mutual concern, and to create a forum for Crane and the community to share resources. The address detailed: 

Possibilities for P4 collaboration: During the 2020 State of the Installation Address, NSA Crane provided a number of opportunities to get involved in Public-Public Public-Private partnerships. One successful example of this relationship is the recent 911 MOA agreement, which opened the door for future intergovernmental support agreements. Eight communities neighboring the installation identified specific opportunities they plan to explore with NSA Crane, and the Alliance plans to help facilitate coordinated efforts to foster these mutual areas of interest. 

Opportunities to build long-term relationships: Several organizations across the Alliance membership communities currently include some form of Crane representation. Incorporating more Crane representation into organizations, commissions and boards can help ensure that Crane and the communities are working together and communicating effectively. The efforts of the Alliance have laid a firm foundation for strong partnerships between Crane and community leaders. 

Win-win development: The individual communities neighboring Crane and Lake Glendora Test Facility are working to equip, attract and retain a workforce that can fill Crane’s job pipeline. The region’s workforce represents one of the highest concentrations of STEM-related jobs in the country, and the communities are working to enhance STEM programming, revitalize parks, downtowns, and infrastructure to keep up with regional growth. 

Engagement in community events: Communities encouraged Crane to join local events, celebrations, festivals, and programs. More information will be made available to Crane regarding specific dates and opportunities in light of COIVD-19 pandemic restrictions. Community members can get to know Crane better through its increased presence at events that are a point of pride and connection for the cities, towns, and counties. 

Connecting Crane with strategic community planning: Several of the Alliance membership communities, including Daviess County and the City of Washington, are in the process of updating their comprehensive strategic plans. Additionally, economic development organizations in Daviess, Greene, Lawrence and Martin counties are leading the implementation efforts of their recently-completed Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction plans. Sullivan is also engaged in strategic planning efforts, including hiring for a position that will provide Crane a direct opportunity to participate. 

“This State of the Community Address provides an unmatched opportunity to collaborate with our neighbors at Crane and allows for open discussions surrounding areas of mutual interest,” said Alliance vice-chair and president of the Greene County Economic Development Corporation, Brianne Jerrels. “We are grateful for this opportunity to create partnerships and support the development of our region.” 

The next quarterly Alliance meeting will be held in May 2020.