Scott Air Force Base's future is in the hands of the base closure recommendation process, a process no politician wants to publicly associate themselves with.
If Scott were to be shuttered, innovative and creative ideas could provide a needed rebound for the local economy. The story listed several successful retooling of area bases. Some seemed more feasible than others, flight-based operations are unlikely to move in given the lackluster performance at Mid-America Airport. However, agribusiness might find the location perfectly suited, perhaps a partnership with local universities to look into agricultural pharmaceuticals.
Like most events in life, a good plan and some creative thinking could turn what looks to be a problem into an opportunity.
Additional: Harry Levins of the Post-Dispatch has a good article on the effect a base closing has on local retired military members.