With the Winter Olympics on the horizon, various thoughts come to mind.
Like the world fair, the Olympics have a community impact that lasts through time. For example, when the Olympics were in Atlanta, GA, the Centennial Olympic Park was created in 1996 and remained a community and tourist attraction. The impact is similar to community anchors developed from the world fair, like the Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, and Atomium. These events were used to create attractions for visitors but have also become essential parts of the community for locals. We are hoping to adopt this approach in Cheyenne when it comes to the FE Warren Air Force Base missile upgrade.
Our community is home to three missile bases remaining in the United States. It is referred to as the 90th Missile Wing and is responsible for the third leg of the nuclear triad. Currently, the missiles we have are the ICBMs and were first installed in the 60s. They will be decommissioned in the coming decades and replaced by the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence (GBSD) weapons designed by Northrop Grumman. This investment is essential to modernize the nuclear arsenal that protects our Nation from adversaries and keeps us safe. That said, in the coming decades, the community will be seeing a variety of movements that will be centered around this modernization. While initially it was hoped they would be able to have the updated missiles installed by the mid-2020s, they are now looking to have it done by the mid-2030s, according to Northrop Grumman’s timeline.
In the real estate industry, we anticipate shifts in demand around housing and commercial properties due to the increase of employees needing to be in the area for the GBSD transition. As engaged community leaders, we hope to have the “Olympic-Approach” with this shift and attract these employees to be long-term residents, entrepreneurs, and strong community members beyond the installation. Perhaps we will design community gathering places like Atlanta that will become strong tourist anchors to stimulate our economy continuously. Or, we empower visitors to become prominent local entrepreneurs expanding our economy; we want to make sure we are taking full advantage of the United States Air Force’s investment in our community during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Would you like to learn more about opportunities coming to our community? Give us a call. We’d love to share more with you.