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May 16, 2008

PARC success revealed in new book

Air Force Base redevelopment documented in new book

PLATTSBURGH -- A new book about Plattsburgh Air Force Base and its successful redevelopment was unveiled Thursday in an introduction ceremony.

Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. Board of Directors Chairman Gilbert Duken said "Flying High Again: PARC's Redevelopment of Plattsburgh Air Force Base," is being released at a time when the community is indeed flying high again.

"It's difficult to say exactly when our board felt comfortable declaring the PARC story would be a success story. But we all believed that it is a story that mirrors the indomitable spirit of this community," he said.

"We concurred that before PARC fades away, it should be recorded for posterity. Additionally, we agreed that other communities facing similar circumstances might benefit from a written account of PARC's experiences."

PARC President and CEO Bruce Steadman said the book was commissioned for two reasons: to acknowledge the many people who made redevelopment efforts a success and to outline the key issues that were faced and how they were resolved.

FROM BRAC TO PARC

It starts with a chapter about the history of the base, then continues through the controversial Base Realignment and Closure process that led to the 1993 decision to close the base, which shut down in 1995.

It goes on to detail the efforts of the various organizations that helped lead redevelopment, initially the Plattsburgh Intermunicipal Development Council and later PARC, and the members of those groups.

The book was written by Marian Calabro of CorporateHistory.net LLC, based in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. She conducted about 60 interviews, researched newspapers and other archives and assembled hundreds of pictures to create the book.

She said it was appropriate the book was unveiled on May 15, as that was the day Joe Dimaggio began his 56-game hitting streak in 1941. She said DiMaggio and PARC would both go down as league leaders, with a wealth of class, and that if there was a Hall of Fame for air-base redevelopment, PARC would be in it.

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