These days you hear a great deal about BRAC at local government meetings, in the Cecil Whig, and around the community as sources talk about how the relocation of military workers will impact the area and what we’re doing to attract this population. The county, for example, has a full-time marketing director responsible for bringing tour groups here and conducting related sales activities. A few months ago, the Mayor and Commissioners of Elkton voted to add an additional $10,000 to the funding stream it provides the Elkton Alliance, its Main Streets Agency. This added revenue is designed to help the nonprofit market the town to relocatting BRAC workers.
You may also find a report done by the Sage group helpful in understanding the potential impacts. When the report first appeared it was on several government and BRAC related web sites, but for some reason it is now difficult to find. I find it helpful in that it was a professionally done report that provided estimates on what to expect.
I also find the Havre de Grace Record helpful on this subject in that it often provides a view that is different from the Cecil Whig and reports on aspects our local paper doesn’t cover. Thus I make sure I read the Harford County weekly. Here’s an cartoon editorial from the op/ed page of the Record on Oct. 24, 2008. The Harford County papers have also done several pieces on how the state is cutting back on funding, which was designed to help with the BRAC transformation.