About the Alliance

The White River basin of southwestern Indiana is home to Naval Support Activity Crane, the nation’s third largest naval installation. As the largest employer in the area with more than 5,500 employees, Crane is among our most valuable assets in the region. Local and military leaders recognize that the mutual wellbeing of Crane and communities that neighbor the installation is critical for continued growth of our defense economy and ensuring that we develop talent to meet the base’s workforce needs.

The White River Military Coordination Alliance was formed in 2018 to strengthen the relationship between Crane and the community. The purpose of our 24-member alliance is to promote community growth, support the military missions of Crane, and establish effective, timely means of communication between the community and Crane to coordinate opportunities and address concerns.

The Alliance is comprised of state and local government officials, regional and local economic development officials, and Crane representatives.

The purpose of the alliance is to promote community growth, support the military missions of Crane, and establish effective, timely means of communication between the community and Crane to coordinate opportunities and address concerns.

Alliance Board Members

Doug Benjamin, Odon

Jerry Braun, WestGate Authority

Matt Craig, Radius Indiana

Roger Downey, Loogootee

Nathan Gabhart, Daviess County

Shawna Girgis, City of Bedford

Dan Gregory, Martin County

Dave Harding, Bloomfield

Claude Hatfield, Town of Crane

Brianne Jerrels, Vice Chair, Greene County

Greg Jones, Southern Indiana Economic Development Commission

Tim Kinder, Martin County

Clint Lamb, City of Sullivan

Gene McCracken, Chair, Lawrence County

Ed Michael, Greene County

Bryant Niehoff, Daviess County

Tina Peterson, Regional Opportunity Initiatives

Commander Tim Powers, NSA Crane

Cecil Ragsdale, Shoals

Ann Smith Mischler, Sullivan County

Shance Sizemore, Lawrence County

Natalie Smith, Washington

Mark Dobbs, NSA Crane

Jathan Wright, Secretary, Linton

Alliance Advisors

Matt Crouch, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Jeff Gormong, Indiana Farm Bureau

Brandi Hughes, Indiana Office of Defense Development

Don Schulte, Southern Indiana Business Alliance

Jessica Tower, Indiana Economic Development Corporation

2017 Joint Land Use Study
The Alliance is a result of recommendations from a Joint Land Use Study that was conducted in 2017. Learn more about study and its recommendations.
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