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July 17th General Membership Luncheon Presentation

July 18, 2012

To view Bill Clifford's presentation on Hampton Roads ship home porting changes and sequestration impacts from the July 17th VSRA General Membership meeting, please click here.

“Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMMFA) Releases Study on Direct Economic Impact of Federal Spending on the Hampton Roads Region”

July 17, 2012

Please click here to view the ODU study that addresses the economic impact of all Federal spending on the Hampton Roads region.

USCG - OPC draft RFP

June 22, 2012

The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that it has released a draft Request for Proposal (dRFP) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) project. The dRFP provides the shipbuilding industry an opportunity to preview and submit feedback on contents and requirements that may potentially be included in the formal RFP for the preliminary design and construction of the OPC. Comments on the dRFP should be submitted by July 16. (6/15/12).

© Dennis L. Bryant – June 2012

Redistribution permitted with attribution

Study: Moving Navy ships will take a financial toll study finds

June 22, 2012

Three Navy ships leaving Hampton Roads for Mayport Naval Station in Florida will take with them paychecks, repair work and spending power that add up to 5,220 jobs and $590 million of the region's annual gross product, according to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Friday that the ships, which were due to relocate to Mayport in 2015, will be going south much sooner. The New York, an amphibious transport dock ship, will leave in 2013. The following year, the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima and the Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, will depart.

About 1,800 of the jobs are held by sailors aboard the ships, according to the commission. The others will come from ship maintenance work and the trickle-down effect of less money being spent on goods and services by the crews, the Navy and the military contractors.

While the estimated loss is less than 1 percent of the region's $83 billion gross product, commission officials say the ship departures are significant.

The analysis sheds light on what happens when ships leave for a new homeport, said Greg Grootendorst, a Planning District Commission economist.

The Navy has sought for years to move a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport as part of an effort to disperse the carrier fleet, but Virginia's congressional delegation has blocked the move. Economists have estimated that a carrier contributes 6,000 jobs and $425 million in annual revenue to the local economy.

Dwight Farmer, the commission's executive director, said that as the Pentagon begins to make budget cuts and considers base closings, the region must do a better job of playing to its strengths, including its deep natural harbor, strong ties to the Navy and proximity to Washington.

"We probably excel as a place where you want to consolidate," Farmer said.

Bill Bartel, 757-446-2398,

What Sequestration Means

June 22, 2012

The following appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the May 4th Virginian-Pilot

What sequestration means

 In the summer of 2011, a congressional committee was formed to find $1.2 trillion in spending reductions and revenue increases in the federal budget. The committee could not reach an agreement, so in January 2013 automatic spending cuts will go into effect. Roughly $100 billion each year, for 10 years, must be cut from the federal budget. Half the funds will come from national security, and the other half from all other federal agencies.

National security providers, which have a significant presence in Hampton Roads, will begin feeling the effects of these cuts by this summer. In the private sector, companies will begin layoffs in preparation for deeper cuts. By the fall, sequestration will begin in earnest and will be felt across our region.

 On May 14, Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia Beach and others from Congress will be holding a listening session at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Reserve your spot here: Your voice will be heard. After you attend this gathering, contact your elected leaders in Congress and demand that sequestration be rolled back.

Rear Adm. Craig R. Quigley, USN (Ret.) Executive director Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance Norfolk

HiPer Craft 2012 To Discuss Navy and Coast Guard Acquisition

June 07, 2012

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) is proud to host the High Performance Craft Expo (HiPer Craft) 2012 on June 26-27, 2012 at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. This special event will focus on suppliers, operators, maintainers and equipment vendors in the high performance boat and craft community.

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Potential Service Contract Act Change

May 22, 2012

The May 3, 2012, Federal Register contains a proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) change that implements Presidential Executive Order 13495 of January 30, 2009.  This potential change would affect any contractor or subcontractor holding a contract subject to the Service Contract Act.  The Executive Order and the proposed FAR change would require, with few, specific exceptions, that service contractors and their subcontractors under successor contracts subject to the Service Contract Act to offer employees of the predecessor contactor and its subcontractors a right of first refusal of employment for positions for which they are qualified.  For specific details of this proposed change, please click to view:  Proposed Reg - Displaced Workers (2) and Exec  Order 13495

2012 Tradesmen of the Year Award Winners!

May 21, 2012

The winners of the 2012 Junior and Senior Tradesmen of the Year awards were announced at the May General Membership meeting.

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WR Systems Press Release

May 01, 2012

WRSystems Continues Its Aggressive Commercial Maritime Technologies Expansion with Key Appointments

–Amy Morris

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems), a global leader in maritime technology, announces two key appointments in its Maritime Technologies Division: Mr Arthur Thomas Senior joins as Vice President – Maritime Business and Mr Mike Kellner joins as Director – Maritime Business.

WRSystems’ Maritime Technologies Division supplies Radar, ECDIS and Inertial Navigation Technology as part of a full suite of navigational products. Beyond product sales, WRSystems’ internal design and project management resources supply turnkey bridge installations for both newbuild and retrofit applications. Global, 24 hour service is provided to customers through the company’s 85 US-based technicians and extensive worldwide partner network.

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Congressman Randy Forbes Listening Session in Chesapeake - May 14th

April 23, 2012

MAY 14
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)



This town hall-style forum will include brief information from a Congressional delegation. A moderated “open mic” will allow participants to


Concerned citizens, military retirees, veterans, small business owners, defense contractors, and local Chambers of Commerce are invited to attend.


The Defending our Defenders LISTENING SESSION seeks to allow citizen input about the danger defense budget cuts present to national security, our men and women in uniform and local economies nationwide. More information is available at