ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 9, 2007) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today announced the release of a study that assesses the State's needs to accommodate the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decisions that will bring more than 45,000 new jobs to Maryland by 2011. Governor O'Malley directed the Lt. Governor to chair the Subcabinet on BRAC for the State of Maryland.
“BRAC brings us both tremendous opportunities and tremendous challenges,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Maryland will play a critical role in our nation's defense. At the same time, the State must prepare to absorb more than 28,000 new households over time. We must work together with our federal delegation, the General Assembly, our local governments as well as the private sector to ensure that we maintain the outstanding quality of life that drew these jobs to Maryland. This study will serve as an outline of the tasks we face in the BRAC Subcabinet.”
The study, which was funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant and overseen by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), was prepared by the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the Maryland Department of Planning, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and Towson University's RESI, with input from the City of Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties.
"The BRAC Commission's November 2005 decision was welcome news, given the number of strategic programs and Department of Defense positions that will be coming to Maryland over the next several years," said BGen Mike Hayes USMC (Ret.), director of DBED's Office of Military and Federal Affairs. "These military programs and jobs will expand the prominent role of Maryland's military bases in providing the technology required for the security of the nation."
The study attempted to measure the impact that the BRAC growth will have upon local planning, public facilities, the environment, schools, infrastructure (particularly transportation, water and sewer), workforce issues, housing, financial requirements and regulatory issues. In addition, the study determined the anticipated tax revenue generated by the new jobs coming into the state, the higher education requirements necessitated by BRAC jobs, and options to expedite the security clearance process for new employees.
DBED's Office of Military and Federal Affairs has coordinated planning efforts with the affected military facilities and municipalities. Since the BRAC decisions were announced in November 2005, the State has maintained direct contact with military installation leaders to facilitate the move of jobs to Maryland. A contingent of state and local officials participated in Job and Relocation Fairs in Ft. Monmouth, N.J., and Arlington, Va., to respond to a wide range of inquiries regarding schools, housing, spousal employment opportunities, funding options for education, recreation and leisure, and other subjects. In addition, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Department of Planning, and DBED are actively working with their county counterparts to plan for BRAC's expected impact on local and regional infrastructure and industries.
The Executive Summary and the story can be viewed on DBED's website www.choosemaryland.org.
[ BRAC EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FACT SHEET ]