Fort Benning

Community Impacts Associated With Army Personnel Reductions


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Project Overview

The Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority (VPJDA) has partnered with Matrix Design Group and Hexad Analytics to conduct an Office of Economic Adjustment supported assessment of the community impacts expected to occur from the personnel drawdown occurring at Fort Benning throughout FY2016. This study will examine a variety of impacts, including those to the local housing market, schools, workforce, employment, gross regional product and personal income. These impacts will be estimated for Muscogee County, Chattahoochee County, Russell County and Phenix City. For more information, please click on the Project Overview icon above.

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Community Participation

The Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority (VPJDA) needs your input to assist with the development of a strategic plan to help mitigate the impacts to the community resulting from the personnel drawdown occurring at Fort Benning during FY 2016. The VPJDA and its partners, Matrix Design Group and Hexad Analytics, will be holding two public meetings over the course of this study – April and June 2016. If you are interested in learning more about the process and how you can participate, please click on the Community Engagement icon above.

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Community Impacts

Upon the completion of this study, the results will be presented using an interactive tool which will allow interested parties to filter the study results for each specific region in the study area. These data will include key demographics and the resulting economic impacts: Employment, Gross Regional Product, Personal Income, Aggregate Housing Values, Fiscal Impacts to local governments and enrollment impacts to surrounding K-12 school districts.


Matrix Design Group provides comprehensive planning services to federal and state agencies, local communities, Native American tribal governments, and private developers. We have extensive experience working with federal agencies; in particular the U.S. Department of Defense, and the General Services Administration. From Growth Management and Master Site Plans to Joint Land Use and Economic Impact Studies, we have the expertise to help our clients successfully plan their growth objectives within the constraints imposed by mission, economic, legal, and public safety realities.

Hexad Analtyics is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in the art of molding data into useful, human-sized segments accessible to all individuals regardless of technical skill. At Hexad,PhD-level behavioral scientists join together with computer scientists and communications experts on a single team in a quest to render "big-data" accessible, interpretable and usable. Our economists, political scientists, computer programmers, web designers and data scientists join our clients to execute economic impact studies, survey research, labor force analyses, talent supply/demand analyses, site location projects, statistical analysis, custom database designs, custom web interfaces, custom software programs and policy analyses. At Hexad, we carefully condition our approach to data analytics based upon our personal, hands-on experience from our years in education, academia, government and private enterprise.


Matrix is an interdisciplinary planning and engineering firm specializing in professional consulting and technical services for federal, state, and local governments; the Department of Defense (DoD); private sector entities; and, other agencies / organizations. Our team members offer extensive experience in working with all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their surrounding communities. Our experience includes planning activities related to installations, ranges, airspace/sea space utilization, facilities needs assessments, public-private partnerships, shared services, infrastructure, and operations. We specialize in military and compatibility planning, to include Joint Land Use Studies; Economic Impact Assessments, Fiscal Impact Studies, Encroachment Action Plans; Compatibility Handbooks; and, a full complement of BRAC redevelopment planning

Hexad Analtyics is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in the art of molding data into useful, human-sized segments accessible to all individuals regardless of technical skill. At Hexad,PhD-level behavioral scientists join together with computer scientists and communications experts on a single team in a quest to render "big-data" accessible, interpretable and usable. Our economists, political scientists, computer programmers, web designers and data scientists join our clients to execute economic impact studies, survey research, labor force analyses, talent supply/demand analyses, site location projects, statistical analysis, custom database designs, custom web interfaces, custom software programs and policy analyses. At Hexad, we carefully condition our approach to data analytics based upon our personal, hands-on experience from our years in education, academia, government and private enterprise.