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Deadline nears for arsenal survey

Deadline nears for arsenal survey
An April 30th deadline to turn in a survey that will help determine the true economic impact of the Milan Arsenal closing is fast approaching.
Chambers of commerce offices in Gibson, Carroll and Weakley Counties are participating in the survey.
With the potential job lossess for Greenfield and neighboring residents, Weakley County Economic Development Board President Ronnie Price is encouraging individuals and businesses in Weakley County to participate in the online impact survey.
In Oct. of 2008, American Ordnance announced plans to relocate most production jobs to Iowa and turn the Milan plant into a logistics center, which has yet to be clearly defined. 
A study called an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been performed by a third party with preliminary findings stating that relocating hundreds of jobs from Milan to Iowa will have “no significant impact” on the surrounding geographical areas.  This study has yet to be made public, but once released, residents and business owners will have just 30-days to respond to the results.
Individuals and businesses can download a survey at The Milan Chamber of Commerce is compiling a response to the study using the completed surveys in an effort to determine the impact the Milan plant’s relocation would have on West Tennessee.
Those numbers will demonstrate the impact to a wide range of topics and Weakley Countians are encouraged to help with the project. 
“We encourage every business in West Tennessee to fill out a survey and return it as soon as possible,” said Milan Chamber of Commerce President Victor Parkins.  “This could be the only chance you have to be heard in Washington,” he said.
WCP 4.27.10

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