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Readshaw appointed to Military Community Enhancement Commission


Last updated 12/29/2014 at 5:37pm

State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve as a member of the Military Community Enhancement Commission.

 The MCEC was established by Act 161 of 2014, to replace the former Military Community Protection Commission, which was established by an executive order from the governor.

 This commission was established to examine the military bases and the role they play in the local economy throughout the commonwealth. The commission also will advocate at the federal, state and local levels for the enhancement of military communities, organizations and defense-related regions throughout the state.

 “As a veteran of our armed forces, I have a deep appreciation for the invaluable role that military communities play in increasing the quality of life in a region,” Rep. Readshaw said. «Even beyond the obvious provisions of both skilled and unskilled labor, military installations continue to serve as critical components to national security and early response efforts.»

 “With military operations winding down in Afghanistan and Iraq, we know that the country is facing tough budgetary decisions, but I am of the opinion that the continued support of military installations will reap benefits far beyond what we spend,” Mr. Readshaw said.

 “This new commission will assist with the expansion of the economic development opportunities and defense related industry at 911th Airlift Wing and 316th Sustainment Command in Moon Township, and the other military bases across the state,” he added.

 In addition to Rep. Readshaw, other members of the commission include: Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, Sen. John Blake, Sen. Richard Alloway and Rep. Nick Miccarelli.

 The newly created commission replaced the previous commission on Dec. 22.


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