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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2011
Walter Bowen Jr. was hoping the early bird would catch the job. The Elkridge resident had arrived at 7 a.m. for a job fair at Fort Meade so he could meet with recruiters before they'd been exhausted by crowds of job-seekers. "I wanted to be one of the first five people in line — get in there when people are fresh," said Bowen, 39, a Navy veteran. More than 1,000 people were expected to attend Wednesday's Technical Job Fair, which was open to the public. Some job hunters came from as far away as California and Chicago, said Jerome Duncan, a business work-force specialist with the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2011
The pace of BRAC at Fort Meade is accelerating this weekend. Starting Saturday, the Arlington-based Defense Information Systems Agency will move portions of its Virginia operations every weekend through July until 4,300 of its jobs are based at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. A small advance party is on base currently. BRAC, the Defense Department's base realignment and closure process, is sending thousands of jobs to Fort Meade and Harford County's Aberdeen Proving Ground this year.
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By Jessica Anderson and Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2010
A construction worker was killed while working at Fort Meade on Monday, a spokesman said. The man, who has not been identified, was helping to complete the Defense Media Activity building, part of Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, construction when he died in a work-related accident, said Fort Meade spokesman Chad Jones. Jones said he was unaware of how the death occurred, but said the man was taken to Laurel Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was employed by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. based in Chantilly, Va., which did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday night.
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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.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2010
The last time Aberdeen Proving Ground ramped up in a big way, the military base was dotted with wooden barracks, temporary homes for soldiers testing artillery and learning how to handle bombs before shipping off to fight in World War II. This time, the base's expansion involves glassy new office buildings that wouldn't be out of place in a business park, civilians with advanced degrees and thousands of new jobs in technical fields ranging from...
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2010
The state of Maryland and the Defense Department have reached agreement on critical traffic improvements in and around Fort Meade in preparation for an influx of new workers expected to arrive as a result of the base relocation and closing process. The State Highway Administration and the Fort Meade command made a deal under which the state will provide $10 million for improvements to a gate on the post that is considered a potential bottleneck when the work force at the Defense Information Systems Agency, located on fort grounds, expands under the base realignment process.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2010
The chairman of the Anne Arundel County Council plans to push for final approval of a military-related development project near Fort Meade at Monday night's council meeting, against the wishes of County Executive John R. Leopold. Leopold vetoed an earlier bill granting zoning for the 1,600-home development that supporters say is needed to support job growth spurred by the federal Base Realignment and Closure plan, or BRAC. Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks said he plans to introduce a resolution to override Leopold's veto, allowing the Arundel Gateway project — a 300-acre residential and business development planned east of the Baltimore- Washington Parkway in Laurel — to move forward.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2010
Office developer Merritt Properties has purchased land in Aberdeen, where it will start building a business park to meet growing demand from government contractors seeking space near Aberdeen Proving Ground. Merritt said Wednesday it plans to build three office buildings totaling more than 250,000 square feet, some small shops and an on-site fitness center on nearly 36 acres on McHenry Road in Harford County. The site, on the south side of Route 22, sits less than two miles from the army base, which is adding jobs and missions because of federal base realignment.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2010
Defense contractor ManTech International Corp. said Thursday that it will be adding 80 to 90 jobs after landing a $23 million federal contract to help with an expansion at Fort Meade. The Defense Information Systems Agency is moving from Northern Virginia to the Anne Arundel County installation as part of BRAC, the military base realignment and closure effort. ManTech will be providing "integrated security services" to support the start-up of the new headquarters and needs to increase its security staff.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2010
Nothing is so heartening to job-seekers nowadays as word that thousands of openings are headed their way. That's the siren call of BRAC — the military base realignment and closure effort that's relocating jobs to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County and other installations in Maryland. About 12,000 jobs are moving to the two Baltimore-area bases between August and next summer, along with thousands more off-base contractor jobs. And they are coming as unemployment is still near generational highs.
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