Friday, May 23, 2008

Assuring all benefit from BRAC

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Last week marked the signing of the BRAC Community Enhancement Act, a significant step in preparing for growth associated with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decisions.

Much like the Enterprise Zone program that has been so successful, this legislation encourages development in areas of the state that can best handle growth. The act establishes BRAC zones throughout Maryland, thus supporting the efforts of local governments to provide the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the businesses and households that will be coming to Maryland.

This innovative approach to managing growth and leveraging resources could not have happened without the efforts of Maryland’s state and local governments, military alliances and the General Assembly. Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and their partners in this endeavor can take pride in coming together to accomplish the crafting and passage of this legislation. Under their leadership, the BRAC Community Enhancement Act will help to ensure that all regions of the state benefit from BRAC.

Brig. Gen. Michael Hayes (retired), Baltimore

The writer is director of the Maryland Office of Military and Federal Affairs.