BRAC Regional Task Force - DOC by 0WZ73X


									                           BRAC Regional Task Force (RTF)
                          Spring Lake Family Resource Center
                             Wednesday, February 11, 2009
                                    9:35 – 11:45 am

1. In attendance were: Paul Dordal (BRAC RTF), Greg Taylor (Bladen County), Tim Moore (BRAC RTF),
   Jean Wooten (NC Department of Commerce), Denise Day (MC WDB), Ray Ogden (Moore County),
   Geneva Mixon (CC WDB), Dana Powell (Lumber River WDB), Vera Jones (Harnett County Schools), John
   Blanton, Bob Ervin (FTCC),

   Other Attendees: John Bellamy (BRAC RTF), Dr. Jane Smith (BRAC RTF), Renee Lane (BRAC RTF),
   Renee Siemiet (BRAC RTF), Wayne Freeman (TDA), Dr. Pamela Jackson (FSU), Robin Costello (Futures,
   INC), Dr. Curtis Charles (FSU), Blake Strayhorn (Futures, INC), Brett Michaels (FTCC), Floyd Shorter
   (FSU/Fayetteville Business Professional League), Daniel Okunbor (FSU), Leontye Lewis (FSU), Brenda
   Moody (Harnett County Schools), Dr. Barb Tansey (FTCC)

2. Call to Order. The meeting was called to order at 9:35 am. The Steering Group Co-Chair, Greg Taylor,
   welcomed everyone and introduced himself and Tim Moore as Co-Chairmen of the Steering Group. The
   minutes of the 12 November 2008 Steering Group meeting were reviewed.
   MOTION: A motion was made by Denise Day to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Bob
   Ervin. The motion carried.

3. Welcome. Greg Taylor, Steering Group Co-Chair, welcomed everyone and provided an overview of the
   Steering Group’s mission, mandate, membership, and meetings. He reiterated the importance for those on
   the Steering Group to be active, engaged participants.

4. Workforce Demonstration Program. Tim Moore provided an overview of the programs under the
   Workforce Demonstration Program to date.
         a. Strategy One: DHS Asset Mapping and Gap Analysis. Wayne Freeman, TDA, provided an
             update on the “Defense and Homeland Security Asset Mapping and Gap Analysis”. The first
             step in the process has been to identify which industries have historically high growth. Next,
             those industries that are predicted to have high growth in the future have been examined. These
             are predicted to include: (1) Information, security, and assurance; (2) Personnel protection; (3)
             Ruggedized mobile devices; and (4) Radar UAV/Data transmission and satellite imagery. There
             are local opportunities for manufacturing and refurbishment and also opportunities for
             warehousing and logistics. The second step in the project is conducting an occupational analysis
             of the ten industries identified as both a growth industry and having strong historical and
             projected wages. Identifying the regions assets and gaps will be the third and fourth steps. The
             final step will be developing a strategic plan with implementation suggestions.
         b. Strategy Two: “Social Resources Study Project”. Mr. Floyd Shorter and Dr. Pamela Jackson
             provided an overview of the Social Resources project being undertaken jointly with Fayetteville
             State University and UNC-Pembroke. The project team is headed by Floyd Shorter and Dr.
             Assad Tavakoli. Dr. Jackson is acting as Project Manager. The project is supported by several
             faculty research scientists and graduate students. This study will examine social and economic
             gaps amongst the eleven county region’s populations. There will be three summits, two will be
             held at FSU and one at UNC-P. The first will be visioning summit in early March. The second
             will present preliminary results in late April/early May. A final summit will present the final
             report and recommendations in July. The report will examine existing services and resources.

          c. Strategy Two: “Career Exploration and Job Connection Platform”. Blake Strayhorn
             provided an overview of the Hensel Phelps Job Connection website and a five minute video on
             the evolution of the platform. Robin Costello was introduced as Futures, Inc.’s Corporate and
             Community Account Manager. Blake stated that the platform will also incorporate current
             information from the college system’s Datatel database and middle school students will explore
             careers through the incorporation of The Real Game.

5. Job Connection Website. Blake Strayhorn, Futures INC, provided an update on the Hensel Phelps job
   connection website: . BuildBragg will be a one source of information about the
   FORSCOM/USARC HQ construction and employment information. Subcontractors will be rank ordered
   through the N.C. Military Business Center ( Plans call for Hensel Phelps to be able
   to use an electronic version of their paper job application that will feed right into their HR database.

6. Educational Programs. Dr. Jane Smith provided an update on education initiatives. The next meeting of
   the Education and Workforce Advisory group will be hosted at Gates Four on February 24, 2009. Dr. Smith
   also stated that half of the necessary funds for the regional Kenan Fellows program have been committed.

7. Economic Transformation Update. Paul Dordal provided an update on economic transformation
   programs. He stated that there are four primary goals: (1) Define and establish a framework for Defense &
   Homeland Security (D&HS) Industries in North Carolina, (2) Establish a North Carolina Center for Defense
   & Homeland Security (D&HS) as a Statewide Authority for assessing, coordinating and connecting D&HS
   programs with North Carolina institutions and capabilities, (3) Create partnerships and alliances between
   industry, universities and DOD programs, and (4) Promote and market the All American Defense Corridor
   to attract, build and expand companies in the region to create new high tech jobs.
           a. NC Center for Defense Innovation. Establishing the NC Center for Defense Innovation will
                provide a physical and centralized hub location for defense and security programs, education,
                workforce, regional planning and sustainability. It will also establish opportunities for
                Collaborative Technology Alliances and Cooperative Research & Development Agreements
                connecting industry partners with NC universities and DOD programs and provide a forum for
                exchange of program information, D&HS requirements, and links to capabilities in NC including
                R&D. The next steps include finalizing the concept development and proposal, including site
                location and cost and gaining state and federal support.
           b. Defense Business Association. Paul Dordal stated that with the help of the economic
                developers, the Defense Business Association will be re-energized in the coming months.

8. The next scheduled meeting will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 9:30 am. This will be a
   virtual meeting through GoToMeeting.

9. The next scheduled meeting of the Economic Development Committee is April 14, 2009.

10. Meeting was adjourned at 11:15 am.

11. Submitted by Paul Dordal, Executive Director, BRAC RTF


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