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Federal Assistance

Through September 30, 2004, the federal agencies most frequently involved in assisting communities reported they had collectively provided about $1.9 billion in assistance in response to the previous rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances. For more information, see Federal Agencies And Public Benefit Conveyances.

The following programs are available to assist communities with the alleviation of socioeconomic effects that may result from military base closures and realignments. Under Executive Order 12788, as amended, assistance for communities impacted by Defense program changes is coordinated across the Federal Government through the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staffs the EAC and its Director is the EAC's Executive Director. Communities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following resources, including accessing program information through the provided internet links. OEA staff is available at (703) 604-6020 to address any questions you may have concerning the EAC, federal assistance available to affected communities, or specific local needs that may exist.

Please note that while OEA attempts to provide current information, these programs and their availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date information on current programs.

Community and Economic Development Resources

This section contains information and resources on community and economic development and physical centers that can be visited to aid individuals and businesses impacted by Defense program changes. The phone numbers and Web sites provide information on how to find these centers.

Economic Development Resources

Economic Development Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Web site provides information on grants for infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development. EDA helps economically distressed communities alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment and underemployment.

Economic Development Programs

U.S. Department of Commerce

Communities economically impacted by major base closures or realignments may be eligible for funding under the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Planning, Technical Assistance, and Public Works programs. These grants provide substantial funds for a range of services including: infrastructure development, technology initiatives, revolving loan funds, and other economic development strategies.

CFDA Information

USDA Service Centers /Rural Development Centers

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Rural Development Centers achieve their mission by helping rural individuals, communities, and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs by offering grants, loans, and loan guarantees. USDA Rural Development’s main programs are as follows: Single Family Housing Programs, Multi-Family Housing Programs, Community Facility Programs, Water and Waste Programs, Utility Programs, and Business Programs. Rural Development has 47 State offices, 467 local offices, and 198 area offices. Contact information can be found at the Web site above.

CFDA Information

Skills Partnership Self-Assessment Tool

U.S. Department of Labor

Skills Partnership Self-Assessment Rating Sheet helps practitioners examine their local and regional area’s current capacity and ability to establish and operate regional skills partnerships, sector-based initiatives, and related activities that contribute to a demand-driven workforce system. The evaluation factors were originally identified in the course of Public Policy Associates, Inc.’s national evaluation of 50 U.S. Department of Labor demonstration projects that focused on skills shortages. This worksheet may be helpful to local communities working to develop strategic partnerships to address a BRAC event.