From the moment it was announced that Fort Monmouth operations were going to move to Aberdeen Proving Ground, local officials in northeastern Maryland have been busy describing the economic impact the closure was going to have on local jurisdictions. That’s often resulted in optimistic projections as a range of figures were tossed out for consideration so getting a handle on verifiable data was often challenging.
However, a recent report from the Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor helps as it reports on how many BRAC (Base Realignment & Closure) workers settled in the region. As we suspected the majority of the people, sixty percent, settled in Harford County. Cecil attracted 18 percent, a nice portion, but not nearly as high as some of the shared estimates. Other counties included New Castle with 7 percent and Baltimore County with 5 percent. The remaining ten percent are scattered throughout other jurisdictions in the area. The report, as of September 30, is current.
For years, officials have have talked about how the relocation of military workers would impact the area as plans were implemented to assure each area attracted a portion of the migrating population. Cecil County, as we reported in 2008, has a full-time marketing director responsible for bringing tour groups here and conducting related activities pitching the county. Earlier that year, the Mayor and Commissioners of Elkton added an additional $10,000 to the funding stream it provides the Elkton Alliance, its Main Streets Agency. This added revenue was designed to help the nonprofit market the town to relocatting BRAC workers.
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