City, counties, GBC and others sign pact to collaborate on BRAC

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GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry joined elected leaders from Baltimore City and three central Maryland counties in signing a pact on April 25 pledging regional teamwork on growth management and infrastructure development needed to address the impact of federal base realignment and closure (BRAC).

The pact, which was signed at a day-long conference on BRAC, took the form of a memo of understanding between Baltimore City, Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties, the GBC and six other partners in the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor Consortium. Other partners are the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Lancaster County, Pa.; York County, Pa.; New Castle County, Del.; and the Wilmington Area Planning Council.

BRAC-related federal relocations to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County and to Ft. Meade and other facilities are estimated to generate as many as 40,000 new jobs in central Maryland between 2010 and 2015. Jurisdictions and partners in the consortium agreed, though the pact, to work cooperatively on planning, marketing, environmental and infrastructure issues.

Pact participants also agreed to meet quarterly to share BRAC-related information, develop common approaches to data collection, analysis and mapping; and to share data relating to population forecasts, employment and business opportunities, and economic development strategies.

Members of the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor Consortium pledged to meet quarterly and will work together to expedite federal funding requests.

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