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ADC is in the process of building its new online application. If you are interested in becoming an ADC member or for more information, please contact Susie Gingrich at 202-822-5256 or at sgingrich@defensecommunities.org.

» Please download the ADC membership application.

The Voice of America’s Defense Communities.

The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) is the nation’s leading membership organization supporting communities with active, closed and closing defense installations. Our 1,200 members unite the diverse interests of communities, the private sector and the military on issues of mission enhancement/realignment, community-base partnerships, privatization and closure/redevelopment. Providing support, knowledge, and experience – ADC is the voice of America’s defense communities.

Who are ADC’s members?

ADC unites the diverse interests of communities, the private sector and the military on issues of mission enhancement/realignment, community-base partnerships, privatization and closure/redevelopment. The association’s membership includes:

  • Communities with active military installations
  • Communities with closed or closing installations that are working to redevelop the military property
  • Private sector companies and organizations interested in playing an active role in base redevelopment, military real estate, privatization initiatives, and community-military collaboration
  • Representatives of the Department of Defense and other federal and state agencies

ADC works on many fronts:

  • Annual Conference: Held in the summer and attended by 900 plus community leaders, military officials and the private sector. It includes four days of sessions, tours of projects, an exhibit hall and great networking events.
  • Winter Forum: Held annually in February/March and focused on special topics or issues
  • Defense Communities 360: Our weekly e-mail newsletter with perspectives on the news and issues facing communities with active or closed military installations
  • State of Base Redevelopment Report: ADC launched an ambitious long-term project to track and report the success and challenges of base redevelopment around the country. Data collected from member communities and other sources will be used to create an annual report that highlights key trends, best practices, and overall progress.
  • Defense Community Awards: A national program recognizing excellence among communities, the military and private sector
  • Issues Advocacy and Information: Whether on Capitol Hill or at the Pentagon, ADC keeps you informed on issues affecting defense communities
  • Publications: The largest collection of original publications on key defense community issues, including the newest series of issue briefs.
  • Membership Councils: ADC members have the opportunity to join a Membership Council that fits their individual defense community interest
  • Technical Assistance: ADC staff can assist members with questions and research on a wide range of topics that defense communities face
  • Capitol Hill Briefings: ADC is a leading resource of information for members of Congress, congressional staff and other federal stakeholders on issues affecting defense communities
  • Speakers Bureau: Our speakers bureau provides an important educational resource to communities, states and other organizations
  • Media Outreach: With media contacts around the country, ADC works to relate the experiences and knowledge of its members to a national audience
  • Student Fellowship: Each year, ADC helps educate the next generation of leaders through a special program that places graduate students with member organizations
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