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Editorial: Decision setback not end of Atterbury drone tests

The decision by the Federal Aviation Administration to exclude Camp Atterbury from a list of six sites that will be used to test unmanned aircraft (drones) obviously is a disappointment to local supporters of the effort.

Preliminary studies indicated that such a site at the military installation near Edinburgh could have attracted as many as 1,000 new jobs and led to more than $200 million in investments from drone-related companies that were deemed likely to establish operations in the area.

However, it must be noted that nothing is being taken away from the post or the surrounding areas as the result of the decision, and it is likely that the assets that led supporters to apply for a training site designation are still in place and can continue to contribute to the economic development of Camp Atterbury and its neighbors.

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