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Lawmakers Rally For Griffiss

Griffiss International Airport
Jeanette Lenoir, WIBX

Two local lawmakers are lobbying to bring the East Coast Anti-Missile Defense System site to Griffiss International Airport.

Rome Mayor Joe Fusco and County Executive Anthony Picente sent an official letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, urging him to consider Griffiss International Airport for future placement.

Griffiss has been impacted by two realignments, once in 1993 and again in 1995. Since then, it has become a mixed use business and technology park, with more than 70 employers and 6,400 employees. In addition, more than $485 million in public and private investments have made their way into the park.

The $3.6 billion development would possibly bring hundreds of jobs to the region, and would be the only missile defense site on the East Coast.

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