Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth recognizes the economic challenges facing communities today, particularly those that depend on a primary employer to stimulate the regional economy. We are committed to being an active corporate leader to Portsmouth Site communities that have supported nuclear and environmental remediation missions at the site for more than 50 years.
Prior to developing our Community Commitment Plan, Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth talked with regional leaders, assessed area assets, and reviewed existing studies and initiatives for the site. After consideration of community requests and socio-economic conditions in the Portsmouth area, we designed our Community Commitment Plan to contribute to the economic stabilization and growth of the four-county region of influence (Ross, Pike, Scioto, and Jackson counties) that is most impacted by site operations. We have aligned the Plan with our D&D strategy for Portsmouth, Ohio energy policies, the DOE-EM Energy Parks Initiative, and the local Community Reuse Organization (CRO).
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth will invest a percentage of our fee in the four-county region. We will use these funds to establish a Community Commitment Fund. Through this fund, we will target 80% to economic development and 20% to charitable giving initiatives that provide the greatest impact to the region. When combined with other contribution sources described in our estimated investment is $1.3M per year.
Attached is the latest update of our quarterly dashboard which summarizes some of the community outreach efforts of Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, the US Dept. of Energy and the other companies at the DOE Portsmouth Site in Piketon. As you know, we maintain a Community Commitment Plan to support our surrounding communities.
You may notice that due to the austerity measures taken since mid-2016 on the PORTS D&D Project, our grand total shows a decrease in spending compared to the July 2016 edition, but since our last update in July, Fluor-BWXT has helped DOE host Science Alliance with 1,400 students and teachers; raised more than $100,000 during an Employee Giving Campaign and helped Speycide Bourbon Cooperage expand their operations into Jackson County, creating 35 new jobs. Also on this version of the Dashboard we’ve captured the number of mutual aid runs our emergency services personnel make to our neighboring communities.
Are you a resident of the local Portsmouth community and have a question about our presence and impact on the area? Please do not hesitate to contact us with yout question. We are more than happy to hear from you. Please allow us some time to get back to you.