The mission of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is to enable the State of Maryland to fulfill its responsibility to support our nation’s defense and security efforts while maximizing the benefits and opportunities resulting from the U.S. Department of Defense’s BRAC process. Through a regional approach, the Subcabinet will coordinate State activities and work 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.
In December 2007, The Subcabinet completed an action plan, in collaboration with local jurisdictions, to identify and guide critical tasks, programs, projects, activities and initiatives that address the needs created by the arrival of residents and businesses. The Subcabinet’s work in 2007 has proven to be a guide for action in 2008.
During the 2008 Legislative Session, BRAC was among the top priorities of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown. In partnership with the General Assembly, Maryland passed forward-looking legislation to expand the state’s workforce and increase investment in BRAC-priority infrastructure.
The BRAC Higher Education Fund will help institutions of higher education design and implement programs to serve the BRAC mission. The fund dedicates $10 million over three years and the Maryland Higher Education Commission will soon begin accepting grant proposals from community, public and independent colleges and universities in the state.
The BRAC Community Enhancement Act directs growth to areas of the state that have the capacity for additional housing, public facilities and infrastructure. The new law designates areas where local jurisdictions will be eligible for incentives to improve public infrastructure such as streets, utilities and recreation venues. It also authorizes the state and counties greater flexibility to negotiate a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and balances federal, state and local interests.
The Subcabinet is engaged in outreach and education to the New Jersey and Northern Virginia missions that will be relocated to Maryland’s military installations. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation opened two one-stop employment information centers near Ft. Monmouth and will soon open another in Northern Virginia.
Ex-Officio Subcabinet Members
The Subcabinet consists of the Lieutenant Governor, who serves as chair, and nine ex officio members. Authorization for the Subcabinet continues until December 31, 2011.
T. Eloise Foster, Secretary of Budget & Management
Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of Business & Economic Development
Shari T. Wilson, Secretary of the Environment
Raymond A. Skinner, Secretary of Housing & Community Development
Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation
Richard E. Hall, Secretary of Planning
Beverly K. Swaim-Staley, Secretary of Transportation
Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools
James E. Lyons, Sr., Ph.D., Secretary of Higher Education
Luwanda W. Jenkins, Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
Contacting BRAC Subcabinet
Asuntha M. Chiang-Smith,
45 Calvert St., Room 402
Annapolis, MD 21401
Office: (410) 260-6116