Letters To The Editor


August 07, 2005

Many deserve thanks for help with BRAC

As director of economic development for Harford County, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the more than 100 supporters from Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties who attended the recent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Regional Hearing at Goucher College on July 8.

In addition to the numerous members of the business community, state and local governments were represented by County Executive David R. Craig, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and Cecil County Commission President Nelson K. Bolender.

Brian Darmondy of the University of Maryland System and the presidents of both Harford and Cecil Community Colleges, James LaCalle and Steve Panill, were also present, demonstrating the great support enjoyed by our federal facilities from our renowned higher education community.

Team Maryland's testimony was led by Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger and Maryland's Secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), Aris Melissaratos.

Proudly displayed were "APG MARYLAND at the READY" buttons and banners. Our testimony focused on our community's preparedness, our unmatched workforce capabilities and the strong partnerships that exist in Maryland among government, industry and higher education.

The formal BRAC process will not be over until later this year, and a great deal of work remains. With the help of these dedicated people and the help of our economic development partners at Maryland DBED, in Baltimore and Cecil Counties, the Susquehanna Workforce Network and the hard-working staff of our senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C., Team Maryland is well represented and ready to accept these new federal missions.

Thanks once again to all who attended and who have supported our efforts thus far. We are ready to successfully implement the Department of Defense BRAC recommendations, and we look forward to the opportunity afforded Aberdeen Proving Ground and our community.

J. Thomas Sadowski

Director of Economic Development

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