The biggest employer in this city is the military, and officials want to make sure that the Pentagon understands that we support the Naval Air Station and Army Depot.
City officials are putting that commitment into writing, and hope to have it set in stone by the end of the year.
The military employs over 6,200 civilians here in Corpus Christi. It provides good jobs, and City leaders want the government to understand that we want the Navy and Army to stay around for a long time.
Councilman Mark Scott believes that the City needs to enact a military covenant. A number of communities across the country have made pledges to support and welcome a continuing military presence.
Scott says that, in our case, a covenant or pledge would include helping to move the Coast Guard out to the airport. That would free up space on the naval base to expand operations at the Corpus Christi Army Depot.
Scott also believes that we could help the military with some of its infrastructure costs on the base. There are a number of other pledges in the works, which aim to show the Navy and Army that we care about them and will support their mission.
"If it says in our school things that you have to take a semester of Texas history to graduate from high school, and you move here as a senior and you haven't taken Texas history, there ought to be a way to figure out for you to graduate without taking Texas history that you were supposed to take in 9th grade," said Foster Edwards, Chamber of Commerce president. "And so those are the sort of things we're trying to work on."
"If you look at what they're doing around the country, a lot of it is just community support," Scott said. "That's a big thing to our military. What are we doing to support the families while the husband and wife are on deployment? Those kind of thing's go a long ways."
The Chamber of Commerce is actually working on drafting our military covenant. It should be ready by the end of the year, and is supposed to have the support of our schools, the city, county and many other organizations.
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