Created: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:33:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:45:43 EST
The 21st Century Partnership reveals the results of 15 studies today, all commissioned earlier this year to help Robins Air Force Base and surrounding communities prepare for a possible base realignment and closure.
21st Century Partnership CEO, Retired Major General Bob McMahon discussed the factors evaluated by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
After presenting MGRC's findings, McMahon noted a few areas for the region to improve, notably education amongst others.
"Cost of living. I think all of us were somewhat surprised by the numbers of the cost of living. I'd like to be able to articulate in a much deeper level than I can today why we are where we are. Why some areas are much above the national average as they are. The other area I'd like for us to look at is crime. I think it's important for us to better understand why the numbers are where they and more importantly what is it that we can collectively do as a region." -- Retired Major General Bob McMahon
In regards to education, Houston County ranked number one in math standardized testing, but the graduation rate is only 73 percent.
McMahon also says the study shows Warner Robins is the largest urban area in the nation without a public transportation system.