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Monday, March 11, 2013 - 23:49
EL PASO — With sequestration expected to have a considerable impact on military installations, an El Paso delegation is meeting with pentagon officials this week advocating for the area.
Members of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce along with Mayor John Cook and County Judge Veronica Escbar among others have been speaking with military leaders on how the cuts will affect the city.
"We wanted to be able to spread the news about all the good things that have been done in El Paso and Fort Bliss through the partnership that we've had," said Richard Glancey with chamber.
The Greater Chamber of Commerce has had four lengthy meetings with the Pentagon where they are discussing overall improvements surrounding the post.
They are pitching quality infrastructure with Spur 601, new housing on and off post and quality of life improvements in the city.
"One of the things we are trying to accomplish is an awareness campaign not only about the buying power but what El Paso has to offer," Glancey said.
The chamber said it's also important to realize what sequestration can mean for the people on and off post.
MAJ Joe Buccino said the impacts aren't being immediately felt at the moment.
"Sequestration is something that will manifest itself slowly and will creep its way into our lives over a series of months," Buccino said.
Buccino said the first impacts would be seen in the form of civilian furloughs.
That's something the delegation in Washington said military officials should be aware of.
"It's important for them to understand that if you start to make these drastic cuts what it means to families of soldiers who've already sacrificed so much," Glancey said.