Columbia, S.C. – Fort Jackson is a tremendous community partner and has an estimated economic impact of almost $2 billion. The United States Army budget has been reduced and thirty Army posts have been identified for potential headcount reductions, including Fort Jackson. If the 3,100 jobs are eliminated, the ripple effects will be devastating to our community.
Approximately HALF of the 7,000 jobs at Fort Jackson could be eliminated with these cuts, resulting in:
A reduction of $268 million in sales including sales tax receipts of $3.3 million and hospitality tax.
Direct impact on schools, libraries, the zoo, hotels, restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations, retail shops and many others.
A loss of training benefits to the National Guard and Reserves, US Air Force, US Navy, US Marines and local fire and emergency response teams.
The Columbia Chamber is requesting your attendance at Shandon Baptist Church for the Community Listening Session, on February 26, at 3 PM.
You can help ‘Save Our Fort’ by showing the United States Army Assessment Team just how critically important Fort Jackson, our soldiers, their families, civilian employees and our military partners are to our nation’s defense and the greater Midlands community.
“We need to show the United States Army that this is the place they need to stay; this is the place that they will be loved the most.” Says Boyd Jones, Chairman of the Columbia Chamber and Executive Vice President of NBSC, a Division of Synovus Bank.
For more information on the Community Listening Session, please contact the Columbia Chamber at 803.733.1110.