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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.

Small Business Development

Small Business Development Centers

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program and provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses through a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.

CFDA Information

Small Business Training Network

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Training Network, sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops, and knowledge resources. This network is designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise. The above Web site provides a direct link to the network.

Office of Business and Community Initiatives

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Office of Business and Community Initiatives co-sponsors private sector partners who provide small business owners with information, education, and training that is cost-effective, high quality, and reflective of trends in small business development.

Small Businesses: Workforce Consortia Provide Needed Services

U.S. General Accounting Office

This site provides lessons from the practices of four workforce development consortia serving the needs of small businesses.