County BRAC panel created

April 23, 2006|BY A SUN REPORTER

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced a 26-member committee to manage the thousands of new defense-related jobs coming to the Fort Meade area and the effects on Howard County.

The group, created jointly by Robey and the County Council, is in reaction to the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) recommendations, which are expected to bring thousands of defense-related jobs to the Fort Meade area adjacent to Howard County.

In announcing the committee's members, Robey delayed naming an executive director until this week. He has requested money in the fiscal 2007 budget to pay a professional consultant on a contractual basis.

The group is formally called the Howard County Fort George G. Meade Expansion Management Task Force. Its charge is to identify opportunities, problems and infrastructure needs; assess the ability of the county to deal with the changes; and recommend actions the county needs to take.

The committee is made up of school, religious, government, business and social leaders, and it includes several members from Anne Arundel County, such as Planning Director Joseph W. Rutter Jr., who once held the same job in Howard.

No date for a first meeting has been set.

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