History Book & Video

PARC (Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation)

It is not often when your expectations are exceeded to the extent mine were in the preparation of this book. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone at CorporateHistory.net for your great efforts and creativeness. Your earnestness and professionalism are of the highest order, and your warmth and interest in our story are genuine. Reliving the events and activities of PARC’s history has fueled us and cheered us.

Bruce Steadman, CEO, Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation, Plattsburgh, NY

On behalf of the Airmen of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, thank you for your work in preserving our shared legacy.

Bryan J. Benson, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force (from his letter to PARC CEO Bruce Steadman thanking PARC for donating copies of Flying High Again to the 380th)

When Plattsburgh Air Force Base closed in 1995, consultants predicted that economic redevelopment would take 25 years. But they underestimated the will of New York’s North Country to recover and the ability of the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation (PARC) to get the job done. Thirteen years after closure, the former base became home to businesses, nonprofits, residential neighborhoods, community college facilities, and a sparkling new international airport.

The transformation was far from easy, however. This case study candidly explores the process, the politics, the personalities, and the sheer persistence that has led PARC to be cited as a national model for military base reuse.

Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with 60 people closely involved in the process — including federal, state, and local officials; Air Force personnel; and PARC’s successive leaders — Flying High Again is an enduring chronicle for the people of the region and a useful “lessons learned” guide for other base closure communities.

We also created a PARC video, “Life After Base Closure,” that has garnered more than 5,000 views on CorporateHistory.net’s YouTube channel.

Book author and video scriptwriter: Marian Calabro

Book designer: Christine Reynolds

Award Winner: Flying High Again won a 2009 Apex Award of Excellence for custom publishing. Apex Awards are based on the quality of their graphic design, editorial content, and communications excellence. The competition drew almost 4,000 entries. Flying High Again also placed as a National Finalist in the IABC 2009 Gold Quill Awards, Publication Design category.

More Praise: “Once I started reading Flying High Again I could hardly put it down. It is easy to read and well-researched, in my opinion. Even though our squadron spent only about three years at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, we developed a camaraderie that has kept us together for reunions since 1988 and an identification with Plattsburgh. All of the above is to say a big thank you for writing the book and bringing us up to date. I highly recommend this book.”— Bruce Raleigh, Founder and Secretary/Treasurer, 556 SMS Association

Look Inside:

Sidebar: “The View of Plattsburgh from Manhattan” 

Diversity of community voices

Maps and an acronym decoder

A photo of an FB-111A at Plattsburgh AFB in 1983 provided the perfect cover art. Because the image came from the U.S. Department of Defense and is in the public domain, usage was free—a boon to PARC's nonprofit budget.

A photo of an FB-111A at Plattsburgh AFB in 1983 provided the perfect cover art. Because the image came from the U.S. Department of Defense and is in the public domain, usage was free—a boon to PARC’s nonprofit budget.

Marian Calabro with PARC executives Bruce Steadman (left) and Dennis Doyle at the book launch.

Marian Calabro with PARC executives Bruce Steadman (left) and Dennis Doyle at the book launch.