Lt. Governor Brown Presides over First BracStat Meeting
ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 8, 2008) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown presided today over the first official meeting of BRACSTAT. A management tool based on the highly touted CitiStat and StateStat programs, BRACSTAT tracks progress on the specific items laid out in the Maryland State BRAC Action Plan and provides matrices to measure the arrival of jobs, residents and students to Maryland.
“Governor O’Malley and I believe in effective and efficient management. We are BRAC ready and BRACSTAT will ensure that we stay BRAC ready,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “BRACSTAT builds on the success of StateStat and BayStat. We must do everything in our power to prepare the workforce and the infrastructure that will serve our BRAC economy and BRACSTAT is a vital tool to help us stay focused on the goals and the benchmarks we have set.”
All 10 Cabinet agencies that comprise the BRAC Subcabinet participated in today’s BRACSTAT meeting and will continue to participate in incoming meetings. Today’s BRACSTAT meeting was broken into two presentations. The first focused on workforce creation and economic development and included BRACSTAT reviews of the Departments of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Business and Economic Development, as well as the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs. The second presentation focused on infrastructure and housing and included reviews of the Departments of Housing and Community Development, Planning, Environment and Transportation.
In the coming years, up to 60,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be created and as many as 28,000 new households will arrive in Maryland due to the decisions made by the Commission on Base Realignment and Closure during the 2005 BRAC process. Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County and Ft. Meade in Anne Arundel County will realize the largest expansion in Maryland, with the C4ISR mission moving from Ft. Monmouth in New Jersey to Aberdeen and Defense Information Systems Agency realigning with other intelligence missions at Ft. Meade. BRAC will also contribute to expansion at and around Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, National Naval Medical Center in Montgomery County, and Ft. Detrick in Frederick County.