Forum considers business opportunities from military buildup - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Forum considers business opportunities from military buildup

Posted: Updated:

It's full speed ahead for the massive Marine relocation to Guam. Several hundred local and off-island participants turned out Wednesday for an industry forum that focused on the business end of the buildup.  The presentations will explain how companies can participate in the $8.7 billion worth of construction projects for the new Marine Corps Base Guam.

Captain Dan Turner is the incoming commanding officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas, and said, "The last year and a half we've seen a significant amount of work go into the ground, but going forward, it's even more exciting because we're really still at the start and we're really making a change toward positive momentum moving forward."

The U.S. and Japanese governments are sharing the costs of the buildup. They are also collaborating on the design and construction of the facilities for the 4,000 Marines who will be transferring here from Okinawa. Turner says the recent authorization by congress for up to 4,000 foreign H2B workers comes at a critical time.

"Based on the projections that we know about and the future for the dpi program that we're going to need a significant amount of skilled labor here on island, and quite frankly we're going to quickly eclipse the capabilities that are here now," said Turner.

The three-day forum is sponsored by the Guam chapter of the Society of Military Engineers.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • GCC, telecoms spearhead STEM program at Tiyan High

    GCC, telecoms spearhead STEM program at Tiyan High

    It's an effort to teach tech skills to our island's youth to start up Silicon Village. The Guam Community College, joined by island business leaders in Telecommunications, and the Guam Chamber of Commerce, launched GCC's newest Career and Technical EducatMore >>
    It's an effort to teach tech skills to our island's youth to start up Silicon Village. The Guam Community College, joined by island business leaders in Telecommunications, and the Guam Chamber of Commerce, launched GCC's newest Career and Technical EducatMore >>
  • Elderly man accused of molesting teen

    Elderly man accused of molesting teen

    A 77-year-old is behind bars accused of molesting a teen girl known to him. Doroteo Quintanilla Castro is charged with three counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct as a misdemeanor. Court documents detail the alleged incidents of him exposing himMore >>
    A 77-year-old is behind bars accused of molesting a teen girl known to him. Doroteo Quintanilla Castro is charged with three counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct as a misdemeanor. Court documents detail the alleged incidents of him exposing himMore >>
  • Archbishop addresses nearly 200 clergy sex abuse lawsuits

    Archbishop addresses nearly 200 clergy sex abuse lawsuits

    "We bear responsibility. We are culpable" - these words from Guam's Archbishop Michael Byrnes in his Message to the People of Christ. Last week, parties in the nearly 200 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits participated in mediation talks, but did not reach a glMore >>
    "We bear responsibility. We are culpable" - these words from Guam's Archbishop Michael Byrnes in his Message to the People of Christ. Last week, parties in the nearly 200 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits participated in mediation talks, but did not reach a glMore >>
Powered by Frankly