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Regardless of what initiated OEA support (BRAC, growth, Defense Industry Adjustment, compatible use), OEA staff, through years of working with communities, have identified the following keys to success:

Proper Organization

A single representative organization is paramount. Bring the stakeholders together throughout the process, from the conceptual visioning stage through short- and long-term planning, job creation, and economic stabilization.

Diverse & Committed Leadership

Public and private sector leaders must work together to provide continuing priority support to adjustment efforts.

Comprehensive Strategy

These situations enable a community to make significant changes. This challenge requires a strategy that broadly addresses change and encompasses community needs.

Consensus

Stakeholder acceptance of plans helps avoid the contentious issues that may delay action.

Implementation

Follow through on the recommendations developed by community leaders after consensus is reached.

Realistic Marketing

Every community has opportunities. The trick is to use sound business analysis to find those that have the most potential.

Patience

Positive change cannot occur overnight. Regardless of the type of community transformation, it can take years to fully realize plans.

Government Support

Leverage the guidance, technical assistance, and financial resources available through OEA and all levels of government to help plan and implement strategies.

In the News

  • With or without BRAC, DoD’s footprint is shrinking

    April 8, 2015 – Federal News Radio, By Jared Serbu In each of the past four years, the Pentagon has proposed a new round of base closures and Congress has rejected every one so far. But with or without lawmakers’ approval, the military’s footprint is shrinking. The Defense Department has hinted...

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  • Not Your Grandfather’s Factories

    Governing (Voices of the Governing Institute), By Anne Kim – April 8, 2015 It’s not easy for manufacturing to attract the younger, skilled workers that it needs. We need to focus on both the educational pipeline and public perceptions. For much of the past 30 years, the American public’s view of...

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  • Improving Public Services: The Secrets of Award-Winning Cities

    April 6, 2015 – Governing, By John M. Kamensky Local governments, their citizens and community interest groups all want better service delivery, and more than ever are looking to technology to make that happen. But technology alone won’t work. What cities that have been recognized for innovations...

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  • Looming Army cuts fill Texas leaders with dread

    April 4, 2015 – San Antonio Express-News, By Sig Christenson Automatic federal spending cuts over the last three years have hurt several Texas cities with large military installations — part of the budget sequester that will reduce the size of the Army by 80,000...

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  • IMCOM leaders set sights on 2025

    April 2, 2015 – Hawai’i Army Weekly (Army News Service) SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Army Installation Management Command top leaders held a conference, here, for garrison commanders and command sergeants major to set a collective course for IMCOM 2025 and Beyond.

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  • Budgets Signal Sequester Cuts Here to Stay

    March 30, 2015 – Defense News, By John T. Bennett WASHINGTON — What to do about sequestration is one issue House and Senate negotiators can skip as they craft a compromise 2016 federal budget blueprint. That’s because spending resolutions approved last week by the House and Senate both leave the...

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