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    On July 9, 2015, the Army announced its Force Structure and Stationing Decisions. This decision will affect up to 40,000 uniformed service members, nearly 17,000 Army civilian employees, their families, and the states and communities that support them. If an Army installation is selected for force realignment or reduction, impacted areas may qualify for assistance from OEA. For more information, please contact David Kennedy, OEA Project Manager, at 703-697-2136 or david.r.kennedy.civ@mail.mil

Unlike base closures where specific property can be reused to develop and generate new businesses and jobs, OEA’s support for communities impacted by factory closures and laid off employees focuses on developing adjustment and implementation strategies.

These adjustment strategies often focus on regional job creation through business development, attraction and expansion, workforce development, and community economic diversification. Additionally, during the planning process, OEA also coordinates with and provides information on other relevant federal assistance programs that can support coordinated economic development efforts.

Advance notification, severance packages, and extended benefit programs offered by employers have benefited communities as they develop effective strategies to adjust to these program cuts and layoffs; however, the challenge with defense industry adjustment (DIA) projects is that advance notice in many cases is limited.

Between 1988 and 1996, when defense procurement was cut nearly in half, OEA worked with all 50 states and local communities. Today, OEA is ready to support communities impacted by proposed cuts to a variety of weapons. States and communities can request OEA assistance to: organize representatives to respond on behalf of affected communities, workers, and businesses; plan local community and economic adjustment activities to lessen local economic impacts; and, carry-out plans to replace lost economic activity. Details on how to apply can be found in the March 9, 2015, Federal Register Notice.

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