Naval Support Activity Crane and surrounding communities have taken formal steps to become better neighbors and business partners by signing a Memorandum of Agreement.
Representatives from NSA Crane, the five adjoining counties, the City of Sullivan and the Town of Crane signed the MOA.
The goal is to improve communication and collaboration between all parties.
All are members of a community organization known as of The White River Military Coordination Alliance, which was formed in 2018 to promote development and growth in area surrounding the military installation.
“The Alliance and this memorandum are large steps in preserving not only the military’s mission but also helping to foster compatible growth in the surrounding community,” said Timothy Powers, Commander, NSA Crane. “Much of our workforce is from and lives in the areas represented by the Alliance, and they, too, benefit from our efforts in making Indiana a better place to live as well as work.”
The agreement lays out necessary communications between NSA Crane, the Alliance, and Alliance membership communities.
Some of the key commitments formalized in the MOA include:
- Crane and the community agree to discuss any land use application and monitor land use changes.
- Crane agrees to give notice of known increased military impacts associated with activities at Crane.
- Local governments agree to provide notice to and consider input from Crane regarding construction of capital improvement projects located near the installation and to notify Crane of potential incompatible development proposed near the installation.
“We hope these efforts provide a clearer picture of how Crane can take a more active role in strategic planning, development opportunities, and community events, and how our communities can collaborate more closely with Crane to identify opportunities for mutual growth and prosperity,” said Gene McCracken, chair of the Alliance.