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Anne Arundel and Howard County Executive’s Announce $1.5 Million Awarded for BRAC Planning

Annapolis, MD (April 19, 2007) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced today that nearly $1.5 million in federal planning funds have been awarded to the Fort George G. Meade Regional Growth Planning Committee.

Anne Arundel and Howard Counties along with the City of Laurel were the initial jurisdictions to form a partnership known as the Fort George G. Meade Regional Growth Planning Committee in 2006. Since then, Baltimore, Carroll and Prince George’s Counties, along with the city of Baltimore have united in the joint venture.

The regional approach of the committee will ensure a more defined focus on the broader regional opportunities and challenges of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) issues.

The nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment will fund studies to address initial areas that require attention, including transportation, transit and ride sharing planning, housing studies and initial community services studies.The grant will also support the establishment and staffing of a regional BRAC office.

"Regional cooperation is necessary in an undertaking this large," said County Executive Leopold. "This grant money will allow the Regional Growth Planning Committee to aptly plan for everything from critical infrastructure to housing."

"I am pleased that the ongoing regional BRAC efforts of Anne Arundel County, Howard County and the City of Laurel, with the support of our State government and congressional delegation, have resulted in a successful grant award from the Department of Defense," said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. "As we prepare for Ft. Meade's growth, this partnership with DOD will allow our region to study and eventually address critical infrastructure and social service needs. I am proud of Howard County's role in securing these important funds and being apart of this regional effort."


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