World Trade Center Baltimore, 401 East Pratt St., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2010. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Appointed by Governor to 4-year terms: Brig. Gen. Dean R. Ertwine (ret.); William B. Morgan, Ph.D.; Lt. Col. Alfred H. M. Shehab (ret.); one vacancy. Terms expire 2009.
Col. Deborah S. Thomas, USAF (ret.). Terms expire 2014.
Appointed by Senate President: John C. Astle; Beverly B. Byron; one vacancy.
Appointed by House Speaker: Michael Colina; Alan E. Imhoff; Sally Y. Jameson.
Ex officio: Maj. Gen. (MD) Linda L. Singh, Adjutant General; R. Michael Gill, Secretary of Commerce; Benjamin H. Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment; David R. Craig, Secretary of Planning; Pete K. Rahn, Secretary of Transportation; George W. Owings III, Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Kenneth Farquhar, President, Southern Maryland Navy Alliance; Jill McClune, President, Army Alliance; Dennis P. Chappell, President, Indian Head Defense Alliance; Richard E. Metrey, President, Maritime Technology Alliance; Thomas Gladstone, President, Fort Detrick Alliance; M. H. (Jim) Estepp, President, Andrews Business & Community Alliance; Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance.
Staff: Brig. Gen. J. Michael Hayes (ret.)
The Maryland Military Installation Council originated as the Maryland Military Installation Strategic Planning Council established in August 2003 (Chapter 335, Acts of 2003). Effective June 1, 2006, the Council was restructured as the Maryland Military Installation Council (Chapter 634, Acts of 2006).
The Council works to identify what public infrastructure and community support is needed for the development and expansion of the State's military installations; and what the potential impact of that development and expansion will be on local communities. The Council also researches how other jurisdictions cope with increased development around military installations, and reviews State policies in order to best support the mission of the military installations and maximize economic benefits to local communities.
The Council continues the work of the Maryland Military Installation Strategic Planning Council, which submitted an interim report to the Governor and General Assembly in December 2003. That council ensured that Maryland was prepared for the Efficient Facilities Initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense, scheduled for 2005. The Initiative was a review process which resulted in closures of military bases across the United States. In May 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense published its recommendations for base closures and realignment of functions. The federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission reviewed those recommendations, reported in September 2005, and they became law in November 2005. Implementation of the recommendations were to be completed by 2011. As the recommendations were implemented, the State of Maryland gained approximately 15,000 jobs.
At least twenty-four members constitute the Council. Five are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms. Three are appointed by the Senate President, and three by the House Speaker. Thirteen serve ex officio. The Chair may appoint additional members (Chapter 15, Acts of 2010; Code Economic Development Article, secs. 11-201 through 11-207).
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