Federal Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) decisions will generate more than 45,000 new jobs in Maryland – more than 35,000 of which will be in the Baltimore region, estimates a draft report by the RESI Institute of Towson University.
BRAC-related jobs directly moving to Maryland will total 15,000, including more than 9,100 jobs at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, more than 5,700 jobs at Ft. Meade in Anne Arundel County, and 400 jobs at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, according to RESI.
The Greater Baltimore Committee is participating in statewide and regionwide efforts to coordinate infrastructure and development planning for BRAC growth.
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, RESI estimates.
Harford County will absorb 8,046 households in the next 10 years — the most in the region and state. Anne Arundel County will absorb 5,798 households by 2015. Projected household growth in other counties in the Baltimore region are: 2,438 in Baltimore County, 2,146 in Baltimore City, and 937 in Howard County. Almost 2,200 households will be absorbed by other counties in the state, according to estimates.
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.
The Baltimore Sun‘s coverage of BRAC.