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OEA Attends 2017 Base Redevelopment Forum

From October 2 to 4, Mr. Patrick O’Brien, Director of the Office of Economic Adjustment, attended the 2017 Base Redevelopment Forum in Denver, Colorado hosted by the Association of Defense Communities. Around 100 attendees including OEA program directors participated in the event.

The unique experiences and economic impacts brought by base redevelopment pose challenges to local and state officials on how to plan a successful base closure and how to maintain regional economic stability.

During the forum, key stakeholders from the Lowry Air Force Base and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center redevelopment projects share their experiences on how these two projects came together and led site tours for a firsthand look at the results.

The ADC 2017 Base Redevelopment Forum provides a platform for OEA to communicate with the defense community. Key players and decisions makers in the defense community can find inspiration and listen to ideas that will shape the strategies for redevelopment projects to come.

Mr. Patrick O'Brien, OEA Director, addresses the audience at the "Federal Support for Base Redevelopment" Panel, along with his colleagues from USDA and EDA.
Mr. Patrick O'Brien, OEA Director, addresses the audience at the "Federal Support for Base Redevelopment" Panel, along with his colleagues from USDA and EDA.

View of the historic former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.
View of the historic former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.

A family enjoys a walk through one of the former Lowry AFB recently completed residential areas.  Mixed use redevelopment is anchoring redevelopment here and the former Buckley Annex, a BRAC 2005 closure, entitled "Boulevard One".
A family enjoys a walk through one of the former Lowry AFB recently completed residential areas.  Mixed use redevelopment is anchoring redevelopment here and the former Buckley Annex, a BRAC 2005 closure, entitled "Boulevard One".

​Sustineo Alas display at the entrance to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum at the former Lowry AFB.  "Sustineo Alas", meaning “sustaining the wings”, was the motto of the USAAF Technical Training Centers in World War II. 
Sustineo Alas display at the entrance to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum at the former Lowry AFB.  "Sustineo Alas", meaning “sustaining the wings”, was the motto of the USAAF Technical Training Centers in World War II. 

About OEA

The Office of Economic Adjustment is the Department of Defense’s field organization responsible for supporting state and local government's response to defense program changes, such as base closures, base restructuring or realignment, growth issues surrounding compatible land and air use for military base and community, and other issues that can impact the economy of a region.

Founded in 1961, OEA has helped communities of every size, in all 50 states and U.S. territories, with a variety of economic profiles and demographic makeups to rebound from defense program changes.

With offices in Washington D.C. and Sacramento, California, our interdisciplinary staff work closely with communities to create a positive environment for economic growth, innovative land use strategies, and an enhanced quality of life. We build and engage relationships with community members, private business, state governments, and the armed forces to ensure a successful transition.