BRAC REGIONAL TASK FORCE (RTF)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
May 21, 2009, 10:00am
Spring Lake Family Resource Center
1. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tim McNeill at 10:00 am and a quorum was
Executive Committee in attendance: Tim McNeill (Harnett County), Greg Taylor (Bladen County),
Paul Dordal (BRAC RTF), Jim McCaskill (Richmond County), Lesa Price (Lee County), Jeanette
Council (Cumberland County)
Additional attendees: Ethel Clark (Town of Spring Lake), Blake Proctor (Town of Fairmont), John
Harbison (BRAC RTF), Renee Siemiet (BRAC RTF), John Bellamy (BRAC RTF), Renee Lane (BRAC
RTF), Dr. Jane Smith (BRAC RTF), Grace Lawrence (BRAC RTF), Paul Raisig, Bruce Marion,
Chaplain Marvin Mills (VA Medical Center), Richard Rice (FTCC), Randy Pulley (Ernest & Young),
Dan Miller (Withers & Ravenel), Brent Martin (Land Design), Terry Snow (Wilbur Smith Associates),
Pat Talkington (Cumulus Media), Shanelle Bullock (DCA), Rick Inskeep (Dex „N Dox), Charles Wilson
(Norview), Bill Albright (Capstone), Danielle Byrd (Residence Inn by Marriott), Cheryl Canders
(Cumulus Media), John Church (Fuquay Varina), Grant Price (First South Bank), Melissa Hall Ix (NC
Co-Op Extension), Jean Cashion (J&C Construction), Karen Brown (ERA Strother Real Estate), Tim
Worman (T/A Construction), Wesley Cook (Withers & Ravenel), Stephanie Kegler (Randolph Pointe –
Picerne Military Housing), Gloria Putnam (NCSU-NC Sea Grant), Charles Sutherland, Vanessa Cogdell
(ECU), Shevelle Ramirez (Ft. Bragg School Support Services), Pamela Gainey (Troy University)
2. ACTION: The minutes of the April 16, 2009 Executive Committee Meeting were reviewed.
MOTION: A motion was made by Blake Proctor to approve the minutes. The motion was
seconded by Jeanette Council. The motion was carried.
3. Chairman’s Report. Chairman Tim McNeill welcomed everyone to the meeting.
4. Executive Director’s Report. Paul Dordal provided an update on BRAC RTF programs.
a) NC STEM Collaborative: The NC STEM Collaborative is a community collaborative
designated as the representative of the Gates Foundation. The BRAC RTF is one of three
finalists in NC for funding. Kinston and Davie County are also finalists.
ACTION: Request Board approval to authorize BRAC RTF to become lead agency to pilot a
Community Visioning Process under the direction of the NC STEM Collaborative.
MOTION: A motion was made by Blake Proctor to approve the BRAC RTF being the lead
agency in the Community Visioning Process under the direction of the NC STEM Collaborative.
The motion was seconded by Jeanette Council. The motion carried.
ACTION: Request board approval to use up to $20,000 in DOL funds to match the $125,000
investment for the NC STEM Collaborative.
MOTION: A motion was made by Greg Taylor to approve the use of up to $20,000 in DOL
funds to match the $125,000 investment for the NC STEM Collaborative. The motion was
seconded by Ethel Clark. The motion carried.
b) Murchison Road. Phase 2 of the Murchison Road Project, the section from Honeycutt to Spring
Lake has been funded. The cost is estimated to be $50 Million, with the State of NC paying up
to $20 Million.
c) BRAC RTF Move Update. The BRAC RTF space on Fort Bragg has been extended until
September 15, 2009.
d) CRGP Action Items. CGIA Service Contract & Airport RFP has been approved by OEA. The
CGIA Service Contract has been signed and the work is underway. The Airport Service Study
RFP is out for bids. Other RFPs are under development and review: Infrastructure, Energy,
Solid Waste, Healthcare and Transportation RFPs.
e) Defense & Homeland Security Cluster Review. TDA‟s team will present their D&HS Cluster
Study findings on June 2nd and 3rd at Fayetteville Technical Community College‟s Tony Rand
Student Center. The purpose is to review the analysis completed as part of this effort, validate
conclusions of the analyses, and develop a strategic plan that charts a path for becoming a
Defense & Homeland Security hub. It is requested that each organization or institution send a
5. Transformation Committee Update. Paul Dordal presented on the Transformation Plan. The plan
calls for the BRAC RTF to maintain its name and organization for at least one more year.
Applications will be submitted for the All American Center for Workforce Innovation as a 501(c)(3)
and for the All American Defense Business Association as a 501(c)(6). The plan calls for a
partnership with FSU be established to host the NC Center for Defense and Homeland Security and
utilize the BRAC RTF staff as the initial core for staffing the Center. The BRAC RTF would
continue mission growth related Regional Planning and Sustainability Planning for the Ft. Bragg
region. The partnership with FTCC would expand their “Advanced Visualization Center” to
Homeland Security and DOD programs. Additional coordination is needed at the state level to
ensure a NC Center for Defense and Homeland Security meets the objectives of the Governor and
the Office of Military Affairs. Furthermore, that the Center works closely and integrates with the NC
Department of Commerce and collaborates with the other state agencies and organizations, including
the NC Military Foundation, NCMBC, DSTA and SBTDC. Tim McNeill stated that the future for
our region is exciting and that the positive momentum should be continued.
ACTION: Request Executive Committee approval of game plan.
MOTION: A motion was made by Jeanette Council to approve the game plan presented by the
Transformation Committee. The motion was seconded by Greg Taylor. The motion carried.
6. Working Lands Protection Program: Grace Lawrence. The surveys have closed and received a
good response rate. There were 504 non-producer responses, 237 producer responses, and 78
agribusiness responses received. A proposal to use Stimulus funds has been submitted to implement
“Feed the Forces” statewide. The proposal has been submitted for $5,716,000 to focus on regional
storage, processing, distribution for fruits and vegetables; legal and financial aid to distressed
farmers; and bio-fuel and bio-mass assessment and farm management. Partners include: MCI East,
NC Rural Center, Legal Aid of NC, NC Division of Forest Resources, Southeast Food Council,
SALT, NC Farm Center, RASP, and the Carolina Farm Stewardship. A portion of the funding could
be used to run a co-op to help local farmers compete for government food contracts.
7. Farm to Fork Food Summit: Melissa Hall Ix. The Farm to Fork summit was held May 11th and
12th. The event was a culmination of a statewide initiative run by the Center for Environmental
Farming Systems (CEFS) under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Creamer. The two-day summit had 400
participants and speakers included Gov. Perdue and Rep. Etheridge. The focus of the summit was
on local food accessibility. Challenges include a lack of competitive pricing, consistency of product
availability and specification, farmer capital issues, and contracting issues.
8. Workforce Demonstration Program: Dr. Jane Smith.
a) Steering Group. The next meeting of the Steering Group will be May 26 via videoconference at
14 locations. The main speaker will be Stephanie Deese, presenting on the JobsNOW initiative.
b) Real Game Online. Orientations have been completed and will roll-out in the Fall to all 65
c) Kenan Fellows. Moore County recently held a celebration for their Kenan Fellow, who was
sponsored by a collaboration of 10 sponsors. Region-wide, the program is looking at additional
d) Smart Start Conference. This conference focused “strong communities are built by strong
families” and early childhood education initiatives.
e) Pine Forest Pilot Circuit. Pine Forest HS was highlighted in the Cumberland County Schools
annual report. A key objective of the Workforce Demonstration Program is to establish a Virtual
Network within all 11 counties that connects educational institutions and industry partners using
i3D equipment and distributive learning. The Pilot Circuit has found that there are infrastructure
and technological barriers at some schools for a circuit.
ACTION: Request approval to use up to $30,000 in U.S. DOL funding to make the necessary
technology upgrades to support the pilot circuit program and develop a model high tech
MOTION: A motion was made by Jeanette Council to approve up to $30,000 from the U.S.
DOL grant to make the necessary technology upgrades to support the pilot circuit program and
develop a model high tech classroom. The motion was seconded by Greg Taylor. The motion
f) FSU/UNC-P Study. Quantitative and qualitative data is being collected and analyzed. County
focus groups are almost complete, only Harnett, Sampson, and Scotland County remain. The
second Regional Summit was held May 6th at UNC-Pembroke with 75b attendees. The
preliminary findings are that there are barriers across all counties including: transportation,
communication, and literacy. The strategic action plan and recommendations will be ready mid-
9. Marketing Update: Renee Lane. New photos of the FORSCOM/USARC HQ construction should
be up by the end of May. The base has worked out a new policy for approving photos. FORSCOM
and the US Army Corps of Engineers are following the BRAC RTF on Twitter. Mary Lilley is
currently attending the NDIA tradeshow in Washington D.C. The BRAC RTF manned a booth at the
Braxton-Bragg Chapter of the AUSA, and was joined by Ray Ogden (Moore County Partners in
Progress) on both days. The next event will be the AUSA Logistics conference in Richmond,
Virginia in June. Senator Richard Burr will be hosting the Defense Trade Show on August 10th.
Additionally, Hensel Phelps will be hosting a small business outreach event on June 2nd at the
Doubletree in Fayetteville. They are looking for a wide variety of businesses interested in
10. Defense Business Association.
ACTION: Request board approval to establish an Interim Advisory Committee to assist in the
development of the Defense Business Association and its transition to a 501(c)(6) non-profit
MOTION: A motion was made by Jim McCaskill to establish an Interim Advisory Committee to
assist in the development of the Defense Business Association and its transition to 501(c)(6) non-
profit organization. The motion was seconded by Greg Taylor. The motion carried.
11. Discussion. There was no additional discussion.
12. Next Scheduled Executive Committee Meeting: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 10:00 am.
Next Scheduled Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday, June 25, 2009, 10:00 am.
13. Meeting adjourned 11:30 am.
Submitted by Paul Dordal
Executive Director, BRAC RTF