NOTTINGHAM, MD (August 29, 2007) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and the BRAC Subcabinet received a presentation from Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith today about the County’s BRAC preparations.
“Governor O'Malley and I recognize what is on our horizon. We understand the responsibility and the opportunities that we have been granted. And we stand ready for BRAC,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We are following the example of local leaders like Jim Smith to build stronger public-private and regional relationships, like the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor in Baltimore County, that will guide Maryland through the final stages of preparation.”
Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith is co-chair of the BRAC Local Government Subcommittee and has worked extensively on the public-private partnership to prepare the region for BRAC called the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor.
“The BRAC realignment is a once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunity for Central Maryland, positioning us to become a national center for defense communications,” said County Executive Smith. “While Baltimore County is well-situated with existing and planned infrastructure, we appreciate Lt. Governor Brown and the Subcabinet members working with us to address specific challenges and remaining needs, particularly regional and local transportation projects.”
Following the BRAC Subcabinet meeting, County Executive Smith, Baltimore County Director of Economic Development David Iannucci, and Baltimore County BRAC Coordinator William Jones, took Lt. Governor Brown on a tour of the Route 40 corridor – an area expected to receive BRAC attention for infrastructure and businesses.
“Baltimore County is prepared for the opportunities and challenges that BRAC will bring,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Their sense of regionalism and cooperation is an example that all of our one Maryland should follow.”