As the Third Army moves from Atlanta to Sumter, many businesses are hoping for an economic impact.
Soldiers with the Third Army have begun closing offices in Atlanta and moving to new headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. Nearly 1,200 people will work in the new $93 million headquarters at Shaw and are to arrive in Sumter in several shifts from now through summer.
The Pentagon ordered the closure of Fort McPherson in Atlanta and the shift to Shaw in 2005 as part of a national realignment of military bases. The Third Army supports Army units in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the move brings it closer to Air Force units operating in the same area.
As many as 650 families could come along as the Army shifts to South Carolina. Welcome signs and banners are posted throughout the community at churches and businesses as many are hoping for an economic boomlet.