Welcome to Community Input Survey for the Municipality of Anchorage’s JBER Force Reduction Study

In July 2015, the US Army announced that Alaska's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) of the 25th Infantry Division (4-25 ABCT) would be downsized by 2,631 active duty soldiers by the end of fiscal year 2017—this is a reduction of roughly 60 percent of the U.S. Army personnel currently stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER). Since then the Army has made several statements that the force reduction has been put on hold or will be curtailed. These statements notwithstanding, the Municipality of Anchorage still considers the proposed force reduction to be a priority issue.

When the cuts were initially announced, the Municipality of Anchorage applied for and received a grant to conduct an independent study of the economic impacts of the force reduction on the Municipality of Anchorage and in the Mat-Su Borough. In February 2016, the Municipality awarded a contract to a Study Team consisting of Northern Economics Inc., an Anchorage-based economics consulting firm and the Anchorage office of AECOM, Inc. a global technical services firm.

As part of the economic impact study, two public meetings are being held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm—at Begich Middle School on March 8, and at Gruening Middle School on March 9. For more information, please visit Muni.org. Input from the public will be solicited at both of the meetings. The purpose of this survey is to provide community members an additional means to provide comments on this important issue to the Municipality of Anchorage and the Study Team.

Information provided below will help capture any unique social or economic impacts that a reduction might have at the community level. This survey also allows community members to suggest planning and management actions to be taken by the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and the military, should the reduction proceed.

If you are a business owner or operator, and would like to comment on your business's perspective of the force reduction, please refer to the supplemental JBER Force Reduction Business Survey. In addition to the business survey, please feel free to also provide feedback below as a representative of your personal community.

AECOM will summarize responses to ensure confidentiality and anonymity. No individual responses will be mentioned. However, your name is being collected as a means to help preclude multiple responses, and because your input will be considered an official public comment. Zip code information (which is also required field) will only be used as a tool to group responses geographically. By submitting this survey, you agree to allow the Study Team to use your response in a report prepared for the Municipality.

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* 1. Please tell us your name.

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* 5. What are your concerns, if any, about the proposed troop reduction?

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* 6. How can the Municipality reduce potential adverse effects?

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* 7.  Do you have any other thoughts on the troop reduction?

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* 8. Could we contact you? If so, please provide an email and/or phone number.

Thank you for taking your time to answer this survey. If you know anyone who else would be interested in taking this survey, please direct them to the link. If you have any questions, please call/email AECOM’s Evan Wasserman at 907.375.9020 or evan.wasserman@aecom.com.