Kzoo. Co. officials to consider resolution on missile defense site

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tuesday night, the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners is expected to decide if it will pass a resolution urging the Department of Defense to develop a ballistic missile defense system in West Michigan.

Fort Custer is one of four sites in the U.S. under consideration.

Two public meetings were held last week in Calhoun County to offer residents a chance to learn more about the proposal, and address any concerns.

The goal of the system is to protect the United States against attacks from enemy missiles.

Local officials say it could bring nearly 1,800 jobs and pump billions of dollars into the local economy.

At this stage, however, it remains just a proposal.