OEA continues to assist communities, both large and small, with adapting to Defense program changes. Communities benefit from decades of OEA knowledge and community best practices, allowing them to leverage state and federal resources to proactively and positively change their individual community.
Each project highlight story below showcases a challenge the community is facing and how this community, with OEA support, is working to solve it.
North Carolina State Outreach
The North Carolina State Legislature mandated the establishment of the Advisory Commission on Military Affairs to advise the Governor on how to strengthen the state's relationship with the military. The Commission advises the Governor on ways to reduce and prevent urban encroachment around the five primary military bases in the state to include: Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point, New River, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The Commission focuses on state legislative, administrative, and programmatic initiatives with the following key responsibilities.
In 2013, the Commission updated their 2009 strategic action plan, to promote the long-term viability of military installations. This 2013-2015 Strategic Plan builds upon past successes of the Commission with a continued focus on three goals: Military Base Sustainment, Economic Development, and Quality of Life/Community Affairs. The Commission has identified a number of key objectives under these goals, which include the following:
In addition to accomplishing the goals and objectives highlighted in the strategic action plan, the Commission identifies ways to develop support mechanisms to ensure compatible development around all military installations in the state and assist areas affected by rapid growth due to Defense actions.