Defense Spending Bill Would Open Dobbins To More Business
Dave Williams, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Dobbins Air Reserve Base could be in for an influx of new business from the private sector, thanks to the latest version of the annual defense spending bill.
A compromise version of the legislation the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday would let private companies use Dobbins’ runway. Current federal law limits private sector use of the runway to Lockheed, which operates a manufacturing plant adjacent to Dobbins.
The proposal to open up Dobbins to other business was amended into the original Senate version of the fiscal 2018 defense spending bill by U.S. Sen. David Perdue. R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, working with other members of Georgia’s congressional delegation.
“The Dobbins runway has been a critical asset to Cobb County and the U.S. Air Force for years,” Perdue said. “However, an outdated law has prevented the base from being utilized to its fullest potential. Not only would these public-private partnerships help offset operating costs and create jobs at Dobbins, but they also would help create a stronger relationship with the surrounding community.”
The Senate is expected to take up the final version of the bill, including the Dobbins amendment, after Thanksgiving.
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