Award Recognizes Subcabinet’s Innovative Efforts in Implementing Job-Creating Base Realignment Strategy
BALTIMORE, Md. (March 14, 2011) – Today, the Governor’s Subcabinet for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), chaired by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, received the Achievement Award for State Agency Public Service from the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at the 2011 Maryland Public Service Awards Program. The award recognizes the BRAC Subcabinet’s innovative efforts to implement their initiatives, such as 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 MHEC BRAC Higher Education Grants, which have already 2,100 Marylanders in the first two years.
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. BRAC is expected to create as many as 60,000 new jobs in Maryland over the next several years, including approximately 20,000 this year.
“I am proud that the BRAC Subcabinet has received this honor for our diligent work to make Base Realignment a success,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We will continue to build on our progress in order to stay ready for BRAC and the thousands of jobs it will bring to Maryland over the coming years.”
The Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration hosts the Maryland Public Service Awards Program annually to recognize outstanding public servants and innovative agencies or programs in Maryland. This year the awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the ASPA National Conference in Baltimore. Over 1000 academics and public servants from all over the country were expected to attend the conference.
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 U.S. Department of Defense’s 2005 BRAC decisions, which by federal law must be completed by September 15, 2011.
Through a regional approach, the Subcabinet coordinates State activities and works with the federal and local governments to prepare for and accommodate incoming households and jobs while sustaining and enhancing the quality of life throughout the State.