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Establish an LRA

At the core of any BRAC transition process is the development of a Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA). The LRA serves as a coordinating body for the community and is responsible for:

  • Preparing and implementing the redevelopment plan
  • Working directly with OEA project manager and the military services
  • Serving as the single community point of contact for other federal partners and all matters relating to the closure or realignment.

Successful transition requires strong, effective local leadership; it requires that local officials —both elected representatives and non-elected leaders —take charge of the process. The effects of base realignment or closure are felt most strongly at the local level; thus, the response from the local community is most important.

Conceptual Structure and Composition of an LRA

OEA recognizes that each community LRA should be established and aligned to address the needs of the local community. There is no template for the composition and organization of an LRA, but the chart below shows the conceptual structure and composition of an LRA.

LRA Org Structure

The Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) has a number of committees that report to the Executive Council.

The LRA can identify sources of financial and technical assistance through the following places:

  • Department of Defense through each branch of the military, base transition coordinator, and the Office of Economic Adjustment
  • Federal Agencies

The selection of LRA members is normally from these groups of people:

  • Local Governments
  • Federal Agencies
  • Private Sector
  • State Government
  • Tribal Government (where applicable)

The Executive Council typically has seven committees that report to them in addition to the LRA staff. These committees include:

  • Base Planning Committee
  • Economic Development Committee
  • Housing and Homeless Committee
  • Health Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Environmental Committee