ANNAPOLIS, Md. (January 28, 2011) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), released the 2010 BRAC Progress Report. The 2010 Progress Report reflects a number of programs and activities to address the needs of incoming employers, workers and their families, as well as the accommodating communities.
“After four years of building partnerships and preparing the physical infrastructure and human capital to make BRAC a success, we can see the finish line. Still, we must continue to build on what we’ve done to ensure that we stay ready for BRAC through the September 2011 realignment and into the years ahead,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “During challenging times, we’ve protected our priorities and built on our progress. Today – in large part because of the 60,000 BRAC jobs coming to Maryland – we are better positioned than other states to pull out of this recession more quickly.”
The Progress Report highlights the Subcabinet’s accomplishments, including that launch of the BRAC internship Website, a new down-payment assistance match for BRAC families, groundbreakings on vital BRAC transportation projects and the final round of BRAC Higher Education Fund grants. The report also lays out the Subcabinet’s priority focus areas for 2011, including work to build and maintain a highly qualified workforce pipeline, legislative commitments to protect funding for the BRAC Zones. The Subcabinet will lean on established partnerships in state, federal and local government to advance the “high-low” transportation strategy, implement priority projects, advance Smart Growth projects in BRAC influenced areas and help local businesses – along with small and minority-owned businesses – compete for BRAC-related contracts.
BRAC will create more than 20,000 direct jobs this year and as many as 60,000 total jobs before 2015.
In 2007, the Subcabinet released the State’s BRAC Action Plan, which lists specific tasks to meet the challenges of growth due to the influx of residents and jobs into the State. Every year since the release of the State’s BRAC Action Plan, a progress report has been published highlighting the accomplishments of the year and details the challenges remaining.
The 2010 BRAC Progress Report is posted online at www.brac.maryland.gov/.