D.O.D Plan for the Interior - F-35's

           The Fairbanks and North Pole area is at the forefront of a little boom, as it prepares for the basing of 2 squadrons of F-35 Fighter Jets at Eielson Air Force Base.

The focus point, a draft plan released this week by the Fairbanks North Star Borough presents many challenges and opportunities.

            The department of defense funded Eielson Regional Growth Plan looks at the impacts of over 3,000 people, and more than $500 million in construction, including housing. 

            This means new construction in the North Pole area as well. The basing of F-35's at Eielson is expected to create 4,200 new jobs in the area by 2022, two-thirds of those will be off-base.

            The plan recommends working with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and other education providers to prepare employees for more students and jobs, as a strain in school budgets.

            It also addresses quality of life issues and meeting the expectations and needs of people moving to the area from the lower 48. Recommendations to the Eielson Regional Growth Plan is open for public comment through the end of July.

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