In recognition of the innovative efforts of Maryland’s BRAC Subcabinet to help the state prepare for new missions associated with the latest base closure round, the effort received the Achievement Award for State Agency Public Service from the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Public Administration this week.
Signature achievements among the subcabinet’s initiatives included 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 $2.8 million for higher education grants, which already have aided 2,100 Marylanders in the first two years.
Now in its fourth and final year of implementation, the BRAC Subcabinet was convened in 2007 to coordinate the state’s efforts to address the challenges and maximize the opportunities that came with the BRAC 2005 recommendations.
The subcabinet also has 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 2005 round is expected to create as many as 60,000 new jobs in Maryland over the next several years, including approximately 20,000 this year.
For more information, visit the Maryland BRAC site.