The City of Lubbock and the Chamber of Commerce are asking Lubbock citizens to help keep Cannon Air Force Base open. They officially joined "Operation Keep Cannon" on Friday and they say you should help.
When Reese closed in 1997, thousands were left without jobs and it cost the Lubbock economy millions of dollars. Chamber and city council members say Lubbock's economy stands to lose thousands more if Cannon closes as well.
City Councilman Floyd Price said, "when you close Cannon, a lot of people are going to be displaced."
If Cannon closes, more than 2,500 people would be without jobs. Lubbock's economy would be negatively impacted by at least $500,000 a year, which is why the Lubbock City Council and Chamber of Commerce have joined the fight.
City Councilman Tom Martin said, "first of all, Cannon Air Force Base is very vital to the mission of the United States Air Force and really can't be justified for closure."
Chamber of Commerce President, Andy McBride said, "today we have an excellent opportunity for folks to make their voice known early, often and as much as they can do it."
McBride wants you to be a part of "Operation Keep Cannon" through writing letters to the Base Realignment and Closure Committee encouraging them not to close Cannon.
Lubbock's medical community alone would lose $19 million and 5,000 patients a year if Cannon closes.
Lubbock experienced something similar when Reese closed in 1997. Lubbock transformed Reese into a successful technology center. However, the concern is that since Clovis is a smaller community, they wouldn't have the same fortune.
Martin said, "Lubbock is a much larger community than Clovis, so it's going to be a significant impact on a community of 25 to 30 thousand people, so we express our sympathy and also pledge our support."
Martin hopes you pledge your support as well so an entire community can continue to thrive.
You can also e-mail those letters if "snail mail" isn't your style. For more information on the process, click here .
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