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December 6, 2011
Has Harford's BRAC boom gone bust? Way back when it first came to light that the U.S. Base Closure and Realignment Commission (known by the curiously jumbled acronym BRAC) would take action resulting in a net expansion at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the first reaction locally was a sigh of relief. After all, there had been concern that APG could be one of those military installations that would end up being closed. Relief gave way to near jubilation, especially in local government circles, as BRAC became synonymous with feast locally, even as it has come to mean famine in places where military installations have been mothballed.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
A chain-link fence marks the edge of Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army installation where a nationwide base reorganization was supposed to bring so many people and jobs to Harford County that officials worried they would not have the space or resources to meet demand. Inside the fence, an estimated 21,000 people report to work, conducting research in massive new buildings. Shots fire in the distance. Sometimes bombs explode. But outside the fence, gleaming new offices completed in anticipation of economic spillover stand empty, a reminder that any growth that's taken place growth remains tightly contained.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | February 14, 2012
When word came down that U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta wants to do another BRAC, the comment was greeted with measured enthusiasm at the Harford County Development Advisory Board meeting last week. By and large, optimism was expressed that follows the line because Aberdeen Proving Ground has a lot of territory relative to the size of the area occupied by buildings, the post is a prime destination spot for various military components that end up being relocated and consolidated from elsewhere in the country.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The last time the military consolidated, Maryland's installations grew. But the base realignment and closure process usually goes the other way - and now the Army is calling for another round. Officials in the state aren't waiting to see what happens. They're already preparing. It's not certain yet, but the potential for a new round of BRAC in the coming years was the main topic last week for the Maryland Military Installation Council, which brings dozens of military, state, local and business leaders together for regular meetings.
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October 22, 2006
The proposed Odenton Town Square is the kind of development that should be replicated as Maryland prepares for the arrival of thousands of new federal workers. It is transit-oriented; it offers a mix of residential, commercial and hotel space (plus some affordable housing); and it represents public-private investment. Managing the expected growth from the military base realignment and closure process (BRAC) will be shared by state and local governments. But the state should use its power to ensure that the BRAC development revitalizes old communities and complements existing ones.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2010
The Boeing Co. is the latest defense contractor to lease space in Aberdeen as part of the federal government's base realignment and closure program. Boeing leased 5,490 square feet of space from St. John Properties at the Government and Technology Enterprise project, a 413-acre business community under construction within the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford Co., and plans to move 25 employees to 6245 Guardian Gateway by fall. The Chicago-based contractor is coming to Harford County to support the Command, Control, Computer, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2010
The first of 10,000 additional federal workers expected next year at and around Fort Meade begin arriving next month, but the roads both inside and outside the World War I-era facility aren't ready, according to local officials monitoring the situation. "The first people are coming up Jan. 8," Jean Friedberg, regional growth coordinator of the Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee told a small private group called Transportation Advocates in Columbia on Thursday morning. But of the roughly $1 billion to $2 billion in transportation infrastructure upgrades thought to be needed (including $600 million to widen Routes 175 and 198)
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By Lorraine Mirabella | lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com | November 10, 2009
Just outside the main gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground, construction workers are finishing up a three-story building's brick exterior, preparing to install windows and divide the vast interior into offices. Nearby, a cleared parcel sits ready for a second building to start soon - even though the developer has yet to sign up a single tenant. The work at North Gate Business Park symbolizes the rush to build offices in Harford County as the long-awaited influx of jobs from a nationwide military base restructuring nears.
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By Lawrence Korb and Jacob Stokes | June 15, 2011
The American defense community stands at a crossroads. The need to trim the defense budget, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently put it, is a "matter of simple arithmetic and political reality. " Meanwhile, this year's defense authorization bill, passed by the House late last month, contains a provision that allows work to continue on the second engine for the F-35 fighter. The makers of that engine, GE and Rolls Royce, have agreed to self-fund the project. They're betting that they can round up support in Congress to bring it back to life — despite the fact that the Pentagon has previously issued a stop-work order on the project, which it says is "a waste of taxpayer money.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2011
A dance under a circus-sized tent at Aberdeen Proving Ground has raised more than $300,000 for a network of houses that offer free lodging to the families of wounded warriors. The first Support Our Heroes Ball held in Maryland drew more than 500 guests, a sell-out crowd, Saturday to the Harford County Army post. Many of those dancers were newcomers to Aberdeen, who have transferred here from Fort Monmouth, N.J., where the ball tradition began and has raised nearly $1 million in the last six years.
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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
Democrat Douglas F. Gansler sharpened his public attacks against rival Anthony G. Brown, charging Wednesday that his chief political opponent "did absolutely nothing" during his tenure as lieutenant governor and failed at the two main tasks he was given. During a radio interview on "The Marc Steiner Show," Gansler called the state's work to prepare for an influx of military workers "an unmitigated disaster" and again criticized Brown for the failed rollout of Maryland's health insurance website, two projects that Brown oversaw.
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Editorial from The Aegis | April 15, 2014
Writing more than 2,500 years ago in Greece, Aesop warned against procrastination in the story of the industrious ant who gathered supplies during the summer in anticipation of the coming winter and the fun-loving grasshopper who waited too long to prepare for the coming cold. Curiously, it's a lesson that never goes out of style and one that could end up being painfully revisited by public officials in Harford County as the federal government ponders the possibility of convening the U.S. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
The value of contracts at Aberdeen Proving Ground plummeted 13 percent last year, but businesses with Maryland locations ended up with roughly as much as the year before. Even with the overall drop, the numbers are eye-popping. The Army base in Harford County obligated about $13.6 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 for items that ranged from software engineering to radar equipment, according to the APG Contracting Center. The national base realignment effort known as BRAC, which sent high-tech organizations from the now-closed Fort Monmouth in New Jersey to Aberdeen, boosted APG's contracting power in a big way during the past decade.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
Col. Brian Foley has taken command of Fort Meade at a challenging time for the U.S. military. With the end of the war in Iraq in 2011 and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan next year, growth in defense spending was already expected to taper. Then came the sequester, the across-the-board cuts that led the Pentagon to furlough civilian employees over the summer. Fort Meade grew rapidly in the 2005 round of the base realignment known as BRAC to became the third-largest base in the Army.
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Editorial from The Record and The Aegis | September 12, 2013
The official dedication ceremony for a new interchange at Routes 40 and 715 designed to provide better access to Aberdeen Proving Ground was lauded this week as a triumph of partnerships that have put good public policy ahead of party politics. Indeed, Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who are as likely as not to be running against each other in the general election for governor next year, formed something of a mini-mutual appreciation society when they got together for the interchange dedication Monday.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | June 7, 2013
Harford County has a civilian labor force of approximately 140,000 people with a population of about 249,000. The private sector accounts for the largest share of jobs held by county residents, 62,000 in all. According to the Harford County Office of Economic Development, this includes about 18,000 who work in trade, transportation and utilities; 9,500 working in professional business services, and 10,000 working in educational and health services....
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February 22, 2008
With the prospect of tens of thousands of new jobs headed to Maryland courtesy of the military base realignment and closure (BRAC) decisions, the last thing needed is to fuel a series of economic development bidding wars that pit county against county or against Baltimore. Yet that is the danger when Annapolis starts talking about giving subdivisions greater authority to offer tax breaks to BRAC employers instead of spending money where it ought to go - on badly needed local infrastructure.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE RECORD | April 10, 2013
Over the next several weeks in Aberdeen, a dozen and a half homes along Route 22 will be demolished to make way for the road to be widened. No doubt more than a few lives were disrupted when the Maryland State Highway Administration began acquiring property to make way for a wider roadway, but protections are in place to ensure property owners are adequately compensated even as the interests of taxpayers – those of us paying for those houses –...
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Letter to The Aegis | March 21, 2013
Editor: I would like to comment to the recent letter in reference to the state of affairs at APG. First I would like to thank Maj. T. J. Riley, who wrote the letter, for his service to his country. I have worked for APG since the 1980s. Everything he stated in his letter is correct about BRAC compared to the rest of the post. If anybody has worked on post for a period of time and has sent service requests to get anything corrected or updated to their buildings they would have received the same answer as there is no available funds.
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