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Potential Reduction At Wallops Flight Facility

Posted: Aug 03, 2018 9:49 PM Updated:
Wallops Flight Facility (Photo WBOC) Wallops Flight Facility (Photo WBOC)

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. - Peter Bale, Chairmen of Wallops Island Regional Alliance, aims to protect and grow Wallops Island assets. The group received word that Goddard is exploring cost cutting measures throughout its agency. 

Bale is concerned about the potential infrastructure reduction and what that would mean economically.

"The bottom line is that if this were to occur and if these reductions took place at either part of the facility, we have a work force of about two and a half thousand people," Bale said. "I would see within twelve months a reduction of about 1000 - 1,500 people and also see the loss of revenue on Delmarva."

Goddard Space Flight Center said they are evaluating opportunities to streamline and improve the relationship between the center's in Greenbelt, Maryland and Wallops Island. 

Goddard told WBOC today in a statement, "The importance of a synergistic relationship between the two campuses is vital to the future of each campus and Goddard Space Flight Center as a whole."

Bale is disappointed that Goddard is even entertaining the idea of any potential reduction. 

"We're unclear and unclear is not good," Bale said. "That area of uncertainty would be very detrimental to how we operate, attracting new customers, and attracting the potential business opportunities that continue to evolve here." 

Goddard is expected to make its final decision within 45-90 days. There is a meeting scheduled next week for the many people who want to spare Wallops from any reduction with a vision of expansion in the future. 


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