Date of Award
School of Urban Planning and Regional Studies
Gladstone, David L.
Kiefer, John J.
Renne, John L.
Closing England Air Force Base (AFB) emerged as a possibility following the first Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round in 1988. The central Louisiana community responded with a dual strategy: defense, implemented by a highly visible group of mostly elected officials who fought to save the base; and offense, implemented by a small group of professionals working in the background to develop a contingency plan. Together, they managed both sides of the change equation, political and technical, and produced a military to civilian conversion. This thesis focuses on policy issues of base closure and ingredients for success and failure among communities affected by such disruption. The main research question is: Was the military to civilian conversion of England AFB successful; and if so, how and why? In answering this question, hopefully, the work also illuminates how success is defined and identifies some of the strategies adopted to produce a successful conversion.
Mayo, Phyllis E., "Military Base Closure and Community Transformation: The Case of England Air Force Base in Central Louisiana" (2008). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 898.