The Virginia Peninsula is about to enter a period of increased economic stress since the President and Congress have accepted the recommendation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) to close Ft. Monroe.2 Other adjustments to area military installations on the Peninsula will also occur over the next several years. These changes to the Peninsula’s military economy will be made between 2007 and 2012 with the largest change in base activity occurring in 2010 and 2011.
This report outlines the impact those changes will have on the seven communities comprising the Greater Peninsula Local Workforce Investment Area (state designated LWIA #14). Those communities, Gloucester County, Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County, collectively constitute the study area covered by this report. The communities comprising south Hampton Roads were not included in the analysis since preliminary work done at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) indicated that the impact of changes anticipated to occur on Peninsula bases will be largely confined to the study area localities.