- September 21, 2018
The Association of Defense Communities is bringing its Base Redevelopment Forum back to its roots. First held in Portland, Maine in 2013, this Forum has become the nation’s leading forum focused on large-scale redevelopment. Our focus is beyond BRAC; it is about advancing economic opportunity through community-driven redevelopment.
ADC is launching a reboot of its annual fall policy event with a focus on defining the organization’s annual policy agenda. Join us November 8 in Washington, D.C.
Join us at the DOD Defense Energy & Water Forum for the leading industry event focused on defense installation resiliency. The Forum will feature expert panels and interactive discussions to dive into the key challenges facing the critical infrastructure of our military installations.
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Innovation will provide the key to adapting to looming challenges and that begins with ADC’s Installation Innovation Forum 2019.
The Great American Defense Community Program showcases selected communities at the local and national level, and promotes the innovative programs, community leaders and best practices of the 2018 class.
Vermont, North Dakota and Nebraska over the past week adopted an interstate agreement intended to smooth the transition between school districts when military children move, bringing to 39 the number of participating states. The Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunities for Military Children addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families, including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation …READ MORE
First Lady Michelle Obama mentioned numerous ways faith and community groups can participate in the Joining Forces initiative, during a call last week with 1,800 group leaders. Obama said community volunteers don’t have to be experts in military family issues to make a difference …READ MORE
The House Appropriations Committee Tuesday approved the FY 2012 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill, adopting funding levels for the BRAC 2005 and 1990 accounts that have been adjusted slightly from President Obama’s budget request. The measure would provide $209 million to finish implementing the BRAC recommendations from the 2005 base closure round, a $50 million drop from what that president proposed …READ MORE
A Frederick, Md., technology incubator last week held a showcase for current and former tenants, highlighting the role Fort Detrick has played in fostering the growth of the biotechnology industry in the region. The Fort Detrick Technology Transfer Initiative, a program supported by state and county economic development organizations, provided $1.3 million in funding for 26 startups …READ MORE
With the Pentagon focusing on a strategic review of its roles and missions as a way to find budgetary savings, now may be the time to consider “the mother of all BRAC rounds,” concludes a national security analyst with the nonprofit Lexington Institute. It makes sense to revisit some of the decisions made by the 2005 BRAC Commission now that the war in Iraq is over and operations in Afghanistan are starting to wind down …READ MORE
Even though Maryland came out a big winner in the latest base closure round, state and local officials need to start preparing for the next BRAC round, even though the Pentagon has not yet asked for one, said the chairman of the 2005 BRAC Commission. “Don’t assume you are untouchable or immune to closures in the future; you’re not …READ MORE
School districts in the Chattahoochee Valley are fully aware that an influx of students will be enrolling in their schools by mid-September, but due to the uncertainty as to where the military families moving to Fort Benning, Ga., will choose to live, officials are being forced to make allowances to accommodate last-minute arrivals for the coming school year. The Muscogee County School District, which is expecting the bulk of the new school-aged children coming as a result of BRAC, is setting aside money in the budget for additional teachers and modular classrooms ….READ MORE