Lt. Governor Brown Launches BRAC Blog
BRAC@U to provide updates on BRAC implementation progress throughout state
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (November 10, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today launched a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) blog – BRAC@U – to provide Marylanders with updates on BRAC activities and progress on its implementation throughout the state. As Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC, Lt. Governor Brown wrote the blog’s first entry. The blog, found at www.governor.maryland.gov/bracblog, will be updated by members of the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC and will occasionally feature contributions from Lt. Governor Brown and other officials.
“Governor O’Malley and I have been working with our partners throughout Maryland for several years to prepare our roadways, educational institutes and workforce for the arrival of tens of thousands of new families and jobs coming to Maryland as a result of the BRAC process. Now that BRAC is here and implementation is well underway, we will continue to engage Marylanders in the process and collaborate with our partners to capitalize on the opportunities BRAC presents us,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC. “This new blog will serve as a great resource for Marylanders, business owners, job seekers and relocating families to learn about the progress we are making to successfully implement BRAC in our state.”
Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown administration has strengthened existing cooperative efforts and established new partnerships with local government, community leaders, military officials, higher education leaders, and the private sector to prepare the physical and workforce infrastructure for BRAC, a process that will create as many as 60,000 new jobs across the state. Lt. Governor Brown led efforts to pass legislation in 2008 that created the BRAC Higher Education Grant Program, which has distributed $2.8 million in grants to 2- and 4-year colleges and universities throughout the state to develop new programs addressing BRAC-related workforce needs or to expand upon existing related programs.