The "Save Our Fort" initiative, an effort started by the Columbia Chamber to gain community support for Fort Jackson, has exceeded its goal by gathering more than 12,300 petition signatures.
"We greatly appreciate the overwhelming response on behalf of Fort Jackson" stated Carl Blackstone, president & CEO of the Columbia Chamber. "This is a critical demonstration to the U. S. Army on how valuable Fort Jackson is to our community and to our partners."
MG (Ret.) George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber Military Affairs Committee shares, "We hear it again and again that the Columbia region is the 'most military friendly community in America'. The collected signatures are a strong indicator for the U. S. Army and sets the stage for our community listening session that will be held in early 2015. We appreciate our community's support and encourage continued involvement as we fight to save our fort."
The packet of support letters will be sent to the U.S. Army in response to the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) on August 25th.
The next phase, according to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, of the SPEA will be in early 2015 with the U. S. Army community listening session.
The Columbia chamber said Fort Jackson is a major economic engine.