Base realignment, closure, growth, and industry adjustment can mark a new beginning for a community. When any of these events occur, local leaders are given the task of either reinventing the base’s usefulness, building new infrastructure, ensuring the mission of the base is maintained, and/or replacing hundreds to thousands of jobs. While it can seem overwhelming, with leadership, cooperation, and creativity, it is possible to meet these challenges and even prosper in such fields such as transportation, education, commerce, industry, new neighborhoods, community support services, recreation, and conservation.
How OEA Can Help
OEA provides the resources to help communities help themselves respond to:
Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC)
Through its involvement in the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC), OEA also serves as a focal point for transition assistance from other relevant federal programs. The EAC is composed of 22 federal departments and agencies that work together to coordinate and leverage technical and financial assistance to help communities, businesses, and/or workers respond to DoD-driven impacts. This allows communities access to a full complement of federal government resources.
In addition to coordinating federal resources to local communities, OEA also works directly with states through its State Planning Assistance program to enhance state capacity to assist communities, businesses, and workers adversely affected by Defense program changes.