St. Clair County is home to 270,056 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Most importantly for this grant: St. Clair County is home to Scott Air Force. Scott Air Force Base pumps about $2 billion a year into the region's economy. With more than 13,000 employees, Scott is one of the top five employers in the St. Louis region. The office of Military Affairs has been vacant for several years and recently hired a full-time person as the Director of Military Affairs, St Clair County. The mission of the Department is to act as a liaison between the military organizations located at Scott Air Force Base, and elsewhere within the county, and the government departments and agencies of St. Clair County. The Department serves the County Board Chairman in an advisory capacity, on legislative issues, public policy and public support agreements, advocating for, and advancing issues of mutual concern. The primary focus is assisting our military and veteran population in obtaining county services, while promoting, maintaining, and fostering a harmonious relationship within the military and civilian communities of St. Clair County. Working together for the benefit of all!