FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - A study is underway to determine the impact of the U.S. Army's cuts at Fort Benning on the city and surrounding region.
Two town hall meetings are scheduled this week to gather feedback from the general public.
The meetings on Thursday and Friday are part of an effort by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority to ultimately develop a plan for dealing with the downsizing of the military here.
The town hall meetings will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday morning from 10 a.m. to noon in room 104 of the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
The U.S. Army has announced a reduction in its troop strength from 490,000 to 450,000 because of federal budget cuts.
Several brigades are being inactivated, including the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning.