2005 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
URBAN ECONOMY POLICY

URGING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CLOSED MILITARY BASES

WHEREAS, from the inception of the Base Realignment and Closure process (“BRAC”), the Department of Defense promised that if a community should suffer the misfortune of having a base selected for closure under BRAC, the primary purpose of the BRAC process thereafter would be to facilitate the conversion of such bases to productive civilian reuse; and

WHEREAS, despite those promises, tens of thousands of acres of land on bases closed under prior BRAC rounds have still not been converted to productive civilian reuse, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars of economic development activities and hundreds of thousands of jobs and new housing units for the affected communities; and

WHEREAS, despite those promises, the primary reasons so much land remains stuck in the BRAC process is that the Department of Defense has failed to: (i) adequately fund the cleanup of hazardous materials at closed military bases; and (ii) consistently apply rules and procedures regarding land disposition in a manner that supports local reuse efforts; and

WHEREAS, as the nation prepares for another round of base closures under BRAC, it is essential that Department of Defense decisions about the remediation and transfer of closed bases provide for the prompt conversion of such bases to productive civilian reuse; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors urges, the Department of Defense to provide (i) adequate funding for the cleanup of hazardous materials at closed military bases, as well as adequate funding for planning and technical assistance grants within the Office of Economic Adjustment; and (ii) apply, on a consistent basis, the rules and procedures regarding land disposition in a manner that supports local reuse efforts.

©2005 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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