BRAC REGIONAL TASK FORCE (RTF)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
January 24, 2008, 3:30 pm
Spring Lake Family Resource Center
1. The meeting was called to order at 3:30 pm and a quorum was established.
Executive Committee (Voting Members) in attendance: Tim McNeill, Jean Powell, Ed Paschal,
Cary McSwain, Kenneth Windley, Greg Martin, Paul Dordal, Breeden Blackwell
Additional attendees: Geoff Cramer (Futures Inc.), Katherine Magnotta (Tuscarora Nation of
Indians of the Carolinas), Ronda Closner (Futures Inc.), Andy Bodane (Futures Inc.), Kimm
Hersberger (Futures Inc.), Kevin Russo (Futures Inc.), David Griffin (URS Corp), A
Representative from Legal Aid of NC, Inc., Bruce McArthur (SFAC Ft. Bragg), Danielle Byrd
(Residence Inn), Tom Woerner (Harnett County News), Jack Dawsey (T.D.I.), Ed Trumbull
(LRG), David Oyster (Little River Baptist Association), Henry Cuningham (Fayetteville
Observer), Jack Roberts (Price Modern Carolina), Gary Kalinofski (Picerne Military Housing),
Ann Lichtner (Governor’s Office), Bettina Spivey (Showcase Construction), Joe Angell (KCI
Technologies), Leon Martin (SEDC), Jean Wooten (NC Department of Commerce), Thomas
Parker (City of Laurinburg), Shevelle Ramirez (Ft. Bragg School Liaison Services), Shanon
Madrid (First Citizens Bank), Frank Trapp (Methodist University), Pat Daugherty (Concurrent
Technology Corp), Jim Konneker (Cumberland County), Mark Lindsey (Caldwell Banker),
Bruce Marion (Cameron, NC), Karen Brown (Century 21 Cornerstone Realty), Renee Lane
(BRAC RTF), John Harbison (BRAC RTF), Don Belk (BRAC RTF), Tim Moore (BRAC RTF),
Jane Smith (BRAC RTF), Renee Siemiet (BRAC RTF), Steve Wilkins (BRAC RTF), John
Bellamy (BRAC RTF), Tom Parker (City of Laurinburg)
2. ACTION: Minutes of the November 15, 2007 meeting were approved.
MOTION: A motion was made by Jean Powell to approve the minutes. The motion
was seconded by Breeden Blackwell. The motion was carried unanimously.
3. Chairman’s Report. Tim McNeill provided brief opening remarks.
4. Executive Director’s Report:
a. Ed Trumbull presented an overview of the regional transformation plans and the
vision for the BRAC RTF for 2008.
b. Regional Planning. TDA has provided their 6-month Preliminary Assessment
results. Board Members have received a copy via e-mail. BRAC RTF is developing
white papers in preparation for funding requests.
c. Economic Development. The All American Defense Corridor promotional DVDs are
available. Each member of the committee was provided with a copy. It is anticipated
that the marketing brochure will be available in February.
d. BRAC move to new location. The BRAC RTF moved to a new location on
Randolph Street. All phone numbers and the mailing address remain the same.
e. County Briefings. Members of the BRAC RTF presented at Town Hall meetings
with Congressman Robin Hayes in Richmond, Scotland, and Montgomery counties.
Additionally, a forum in Robeson County hosted by Dr. Chrestman was attended by
over 300 people.
f. Trip Report:
i. OEA Summit. The OEA Summit was held in December in St. Louis, MO.
It was an opportunity to meet with other BRAC growth communities and the
BRAC Regional Task Force participated in several panels. One lesson that
was learned was that we must look at employment on a national scale.
Soldiers from Fort Bragg are originally from all over and it is important to
take that into consideration in their employment decisions as they transition.
ii. EON Reality. Trip to EON Reality in California, accompanied by Dr.
Larry Keen (FTCC), Bob Ervin (FTCC), and Mark Sorrels (Golden Leaf
Foundation). EON Reality provides high-level technical virtual training.
The 3-D program integration with the All-American Center for Workforce
Innovation will initially be focused on Wounded Warriors.
g. Upcoming Events.
i. Table-Top Exercise w/BAH. Final exercise will be 25 March 2008. Results
of the exercise will help structure the All-American Defense Corridor.
ii. ADC Winter Forum. To be held February 2008 in New Orleans and will be
an opportunity to meet with other BRAC growth communities.
iii. DOL BRAC Summit. To be held in Tampa with the BRAC RTF serving on
several panel discussions.
iv. Congressional Breakfast. In collaboration with the NC Military Foundation,
the breakfast at the end of February will be an opportunity to connect the
NC Defense Industry with the NC delegation.
h. Communications and Outreach Coordinator. Renee Lane has been hired as the
Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She brings an extensive marketing
background, including over 12 years at the Fayetteville Observer.
i. OEA Remarks. David McKinnon spoke briefly on the OEA Summit and stated that
the next event will likely be held in the Fall of 2008.
5. Wayne Freeman from Training, Development, and Associates provided an overview of
the Preliminary Impact Assessment Report. TDA provided a PowerPoint presentation
which is available on the BRAC RTF website. The early deliverables presented include
housing and education. He stated that “normal growth” equals the “natural growth” and that
“expected growth” is the growth assumed from all BRAC changes and the associated
expansions. Kenneth Windley asked about the placement of military dependents, whether
they were included in the numbers of civilian or military personnel. Freeman answered that
they are included in the military total. Under the Economic Impact and Personnel Income,
the taxes stated may be understated. Freeman also stated that there was not enough
information to include Richmond County in the initial report, but the information is coming
and will be included in later revisions.
6. Workforce Steering Group/Joint Workforce & Education Advisory Group.
a. Workforce Steering Group. Steve Wilkins provided an update on the most recent
Workforce Demonstration Program Steering Group meeting held 9 Jan 2008 at the
FRC, Spring Lake
i. Purpose, Function, Responsibilities. Since it was only the second meeting
since formation the group reviewed its purpose, functions, responsibilities,
ii. Phil Ferrell of Harnett County Schools was seated as the Group Co-
iii. New Proposals & Funding Requests. No new actions were introduced at
the 9 Jan Steering Group meeting.
iv. Old Business. Updates were given before the Steering Group on previously
approved programs: Wounded Warrior Demonstration, Leonard Resource
Group Implementation Plan, DeViere Management Group’s
communications plan, Job Connection Construction Trades Cluster
Initiative, and Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts.
v. New Business: Updates were given on the December OEA Summit, Drop-
out Prevention Grant Update, All American Defense Corridor Table Top
Exercise, and Workforce Demonstration Goals for 2008.
b. Joint Workforce & Education Advisory Group. Jane Smith provided an update on
this advisory group. The last meeting was held 22 Jan 2008 at Campbell University
and there were 35 attendees.
i. Hugh Shelton Leadership Institute. Program teaches civic responsibility
to 9th and 10th graders. The twelve school systems within the BRAC RTF
region have been encouraged to nominate a student and bring in business
community support to fund their attendance at the program.
ii. Research Advisory Committee. Committee being formed to bring
businesses in the region to increase University research.
iii. Drop-Out Prevention Grant. The BRAC RTF did not receive a grant, but
regional programs received over $440,000.
iv. Living in the New Normal (LINN). We are working with Mrs. Charlene
Austin, Fort Bragg’s Commanding Lt. Gen. Lloyd J, Austin’s wife, to plan a
“Living in the New Normal” Public Engagement in Fall of 2008. It will
enable our region to better synchronize the assets and resources to support
children and families in transition. Military children are experiencing
repeated parental deployments, traumatic wounds, and loss. Children in
every community, military or civilian, must learn to cope with the
consequences of divorce, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, teenaged
pregnancies and numerous other conditions that change their lives. Living
in the New Normal supports and promotes an environment of resilience and
non-victimization, establishment of a new normal, recognition of the
elements of courage, and identification of effective resources.
c. Workforce Demonstration Grant. Ed Trumbull from Leonard Resource Group
provided a brief update. March 2008 is the deadline for the implementation and
operation plan. The document will be approximately 20 pages and include a report
i. Goals, Strategies and Activities
ii. Integration of activities
iv. Responsible individual and/or organization
vi. Performance outcomes
7. Futures, Inc. Geoff Cramer introduced his team (Kevin Russo, Andy Bodane, Ronda
Closner, Kimm Hershberger) and provided an update. The purpose of the Pipeline program
is to relate education and skills to employment possibilities. Pipeline is able to provide
relevance between education and future employment. Business partners currently include:
CISCO, John Deere, Blue Cross Blue Shield, EATON Corporation, and the Kauffman
Foundation. Geoff stated that bi-monthly status reports are being submitted to the BRAC
Regional Task Force and that they are currently 10% into their timeline.
8. Tobacco Trust Fund Grant: Don Belk provided a request to transfer grant funds from the
NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to Moore County for administration of the Regional
Agriculture Sustainability Program (RASP).
MOTION: A motion was made by Cary McSwain to approve the transfer. The motion
was seconded by Ed Paschal. The motion was carried unanimously.
9. Audit Items. John Harbison provided a proposal for audit services for the BRAC Regional
Task Force from Haigh, Byrd, & Lambert.
MOTION: A motion was made by Kenneth Windley to accept the proposal and
authorize funds not to exceed $7,500. The motion was seconded by Ed Paschal. The
motion was carried unanimously.
10. Ft. Bragg Memorandum of Partnership. Paul Dordal spoke of the relationship between
Sustainable Fort Bragg, Sustainable Sandhills, and the BRAC Regional Task Force. He
stated that Ft. Bragg has asked the three organizations to consolidate their actions to prevent
duplication. Tim McNeill stated a concern that the memorandum leaves out local
government and needs to include their input. Cary McSwain asked for a clarification on the
desired level of local government involvement. McNeill stated that the counties need to
define their desires for the three organizations. McSwain stated that the memorandum must
be clear and the actions of the organizations need to be non-duplicative.
MOTION: A motion was made by Cary McSwain that the comments from the BRAC
RTF be used as a conceptual guideline in further discussion on the Memorandum of
Partnership. The motion was seconded by Kenneth Windley. The motion was carried
11. Discussion. Kenneth Windley offered for Robeson County to be a host of upcoming
meetings. Tim McNeill suggested that the location of the Quarterly Board of Directors
Paul Dordal stated that 2007 was primarily a planning year and that with the TDA
comprehensive Regional Growth Plan, All American Defense Corridor, and the Workforce
Demonstration program - 2008 will be a year of results for the BRAC RTF.
12. Next Scheduled Meetings:
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm
Spring Lake Family Resource Center
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, February 29, 2008 at 10:00 am
Snyder Baptist Church
Community Forum, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Board of Director’s Meeting, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
13. Meeting adjourned 5:30 pm.
Submitted by Paul Dordal
Executive Director, BRAC RTF