Mayor to Fight Military Cuts at Technology Park
Friday May 13, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said he will fight a proposal in the Bush Administration’s base closing plan that would eliminate more than 220 good-paying jobs at Louisville’s Technology Park, formerly the Naval Ordnance Station.
“The federal government took most of the military jobs from this community when they decided to leave Naval Ordnance,” Abramson said. “Moving these jobs to New Jersey sadly would complete the Pentagon’s departure from Louisville and undermine our efforts to rebuilt Technology Park.”
Abramson plans to talk with U.S. Rep. Anne Northup and other members of the Kentucky congressional delegation to enlist their help in retaining the military jobs in Louisville.
In 1996, Abramson and congressional leaders worked to salvage some of the jobs eliminated when the Pentagon decided to close Naval Ordnance. The facility was privatized and renamed Technology Park.
President Bush’s base closure and realignment committee today recommended moving the Naval Surface Warfare Center Division from Louisville’s Technology Park to Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. The division currently has about 220 employees, mostly civilian engineering positions. The report says the move would cost Louisville more than 500 jobs over the next five years - 296 direct jobs and 210 indirect jobs.
The division works closely with Technology Park’s major military contractors, United Defense and Raytheon. It’s unclear how the loss of military jobs will affect private sector jobs for military contractors and subcontractors in Louisville.
In 2004, the Louisville Redevelopment Authority and Titan, the company selected to manage Technology Park, gave the Pentagon a 50-year, rent-free lease as an incentive to keep the division in Louisville