Thanks Partners for Successful Efforts, Encourages Continued Work to Maximize BRAC Impact
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 15, 2011) – Marking today's deadline for the completion of the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Process, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, chair of the Governor’s BRAC Subcabinet, thanked partners from Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, federal, state, and local governments, as well as officials from the military and private sector, for their dedication to completing the mission of assisting in the transition of military operations to their new locations in Maryland.
The Lt. Governor also urged all involved to continue working together to strengthen impacted communities and maximize the successes of the BRAC moves, which are estimated to generate as many as 60,000 jobs over the coming years.
"BRAC in Maryland means more jobs, a stronger economy, and our state's contribution to our national security. Thanks to the hard work of so many from Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, the military, the private sector, and every level of government, we have been able to assist these military missions, personnel, and contractors in their transition to Maryland," said Lt. Governor Brown. "But as the official BRAC process comes to an end, our hard work goes on. We must continue our efforts to improve our infrastructure and ensure a workforce pipeline in order to maximize and sustain the benefits of BRAC for years to come."
Lt. Governor Brown and the BRAC Subcabinet have been recognized throughout this transition for numerous accomplishments, including developing a unique, intergovernmental approach to planning processes, and much of their work has been cited nationally as best practices. Brown and the BRAC Subcabinet channeled state resources to prepare the state’s workforce to take advantage of the thousands of jobs coming to Maryland, improve local roads to handle increased traffic and make the purchase of a home easier in counties affected by BRAC. The Subcabinet has also worked to implement a “high/low” investment strategy for BRAC-related transportation projects, which will pursue lower-cost improvements that can be implemented quickly while also advancing higher-cost and higher capacity projects that will take longer to plan, engineer and construct.
The Lt. Governor steered a series of legislative proposals through the General Assembly, many designed to help the state fully benefit from the economic opportunities stemming from BRAC growth. The BRAC Subcabinet’s innovative efforts include establishing BRAC Zones to provide financial incentives to areas that are expecting growth due to BRAC, easing the school transfer process for military children, and funding $3.7 million for MHEC BRAC Higher Education Grants.
Earlier this year, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) named Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown the 2011 Policymaker/Elected Official of the Year for his work in leading Maryland's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) transition efforts.
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s economic development portfolio. In addition to chairing the Governor’s BRAC Subcabinet, he serves as chair of the Joint Legislative and Executive Commission on Oversight of Public-Private Partnerships and leads the recently launched FastTrack initiative – part of Maryland Made Easy (www.easy.maryland.gov) – to streamline the state permitting process for businesses.