The Columbus Air Force Base may do its day-to-day operations in Lowndes County, but Clay and Oktibbeha counties both play large factor in the base’s operations, and they receive a large portion of the economic output from the outpost. On Friday, the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance members were special guests at the Base Community Council’s quarterly meeting at the base.
BCC President Kevin Stafford introduced the Growth Alliance, applauding them on their efforts to support the men and women at Columbus Air Force Base.
“The Growth Alliance has set the bar today,” Stafford said, after the group stood up to be recognized.
Among those in attendance were West Point Mayor Scott Ross and West Point Schools Superintendent Steve Montgomery.
After the West Point natives enjoyed the “southern style buffet,” they were treated to the 2009 Columbus Air Force Base Economic Output report, delivered by the base’s new comptroller, Jennifer Varga.
Varga’s presentation focused on the different ways the base has left its economic footprint in the last year. Retirees from the base, who still reside in the neighboring counties, contribute a large portion of their pensions and savings to the local economy, through real estate and everyday purchases.
The base has also provided over 1,000 jobs in the area.
Members of the Growth Alliance were then treated to an afternoon tour of the base.
The BCC will have its next meeting on October 15.