At its peak, McClellan Air Force Base was a significant economic engine and one of the largest employers in Sacramento, employing both civilian and military personnel. The base was the single largest industrial facility in Northern California, employing up to 26,000 people as it operated as a logistical depot for over 60 years. However, McClellan's future as a viable military base was abruptly brought to an end.
The end of an era; in 1995, it was announced that McClellan Air Force Base would be closed as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process. As a result, 11,600 jobs were lost. This was devastating to the local economy, resulting in a loss of $1.5 billion annually. The announced closure of McClellan effectively paralyzed development throughout the North Highlands area, adding to fears of additional blight and higher crime. However, thanks to vital partnerships formed between the Air Force, Sacramento County and McClellan Business Park, the facility was not shuttered completely. A Hot Transfer concept was initiated where private businesses were brought into vacant buildings even prior to official closure. This critical transition process allowed McClellan to retain a minimum level of employment, and for growth to begin even prior to the base's official closing.
Eight years after the official closure, McClellan Air Force Base is now McClellan Business Park, a growing business enclave that hosts a diverse mix of companies spread across more than 8 million square feet of space of all types. This former military facility is now home to hundreds of private companies, as well as state, federal and local government agencies and has become a magnet for private investment.
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