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File #: 21-197    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Report Status: Presentations
File created: 1/29/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 2/17/2021 Final action:
Title: Defense Affairs Committee (DAC) Program Manager six-month report
Attachments: 1. Att.A - 6 July 2020 Chamber Press Release, 2. Att.B - DAC Program Manager six-month report
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AGENDA DATE: 2/17/2020

Defense Affairs Committee (DAC) Program Manager six-month report

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Presentation of six-month progress of the newly hired Defense Affairs Committee Program Manager

ITEM TYPE: Regular Information Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Henry

PRESENTER (S): Trevor Henry, Col. Lettie J. Bien (Ret.)

LEGAL REVIEW: Not Required

REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) sponsors a Defense Affairs Committee (DAC). The DAC provides services to a unique network of academic, industry and government participants to position the region for growth in the defense and intelligence market. The DAC connects local defense industry contractors, veterans, local government, and service providers with interest in the defense and intelligence community who desire visibility and access to local federal government agencies and other support resources.

It is estimated by the Chamber there are more than 2,500 federal workers employed by the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in the national government's defense/intelligence enterprise at Rivanna Station. The Chamber estimates that private defense/intelligence enterprises in the region now employ approximately 2,000 people. In addition to this substantial defense intelligence enterprise, the greater Albemarle-Charlottesville community has more than 14,000 veterans who are an integral part of our community.

The County's adopted economic development strategic plan, Project Enable, identified multiple Goals, Objectives and Strategies to further Economic Development in the County. Goal 3 is to lead the County's readiness to accommodate the business community. The first Objective of this goal is to lead the growth of targeted industries, existing primary businesses, and emerging opportunities. One of t...

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