GBC’s Don Fry to host BRAC meeting of county officials

Greater Baltimore Committee president Donald C. Fry will host an August 7 meeting of elected officials and development and planning officials from Baltimore City and the region’s counties to discuss the impact of federal base realignment and closure (BRAC).

Fry organized the meeting, at GBC offices, to begin gauging the current alignment of strategic policy decisions and infrastructure needs among the region’s jurisdictions and to determine in what ways the GBC can assist in preparing for the influx of jobs and population growth expected to be generated by BRAC.

“As the region’s business and civic leadership organization charged with strategic planning and policy, it is incumbent on us to remain well-informed about BRAC and to position our substantial membership talent and resources to play a valuable role in our region’s planning for BRAC,” said Fry. “Managing the magnitude of BRAC-related growth for our region demands the best public and private teamwork that we can muster.”

BRAC decisions will generate more than 45,000 new jobs in Maryland in the next 10 years – more than 35,000 of which will be in the Baltimore region, according to recent estimates.

Approximately 9,000 BRAC-related jobs will move directly to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, and almost 6,000 jobs will move to Ft. Meade in Anne Arundel County.

More than 30,000 other jobs will be indirectly created or “induced” in Maryland by BRAC job relocations. The average wage for all new jobs created in Maryland will be nearly $65,000 and the average income of households likely to move to Maryland will be more than $100,000, experts estimate.

Harford County will absorb an estimated 8,000 households in the next 10 years — the most in the region and state, studies suggest. Anne Arundel County will absorb almost 6,000 households. Projected household growth in other counties in the Baltimore region are: 2,400 in Baltimore County, 2,100 in Baltimore City, and 940 in Howard County.

Approximately 25 percent of the job growth will occur within the next five years, with the rest of the growth taking place between 2011 and 2015, experts predict.

Recent Baltimore Sun coverage of BRAC issues 

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