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Assemblyman Gorell to Hold Conference on Base Realignment and Closure

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

With increased probability that the federal government will conduct another round of military base closures by 2017, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) has announced his office will host a community forum on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Salon at California State University at Channel Islands.

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Howard P. “Buck” McKeon will be the keynote speaker. Rear Admiral Benjamin Montoya, USN (ret), who served as a presidential appointee to the 1995 BRAC commission will be one of the conference panelists. Bill Buratto, President of the Ventura County Economic Development Association, will also co-host a panel as part of the conference.

Entitled: Ventura County & BRAC: Defending our Military Community and Economy, the forum will include three panel discussions addressing – the history of BRAC; potential economic effects on Ventura County; the U.S. “Pivot to the Pacific” strategic evolution; likely criteria to be used by a future BRAC; and how the community can best organize and defend against possible closure or consolidation of Navy Base Ventura County.  The conference is an opportunity to educate state decision makers, elected officials, community groups, media, local residents, and other key stakeholders.

Naval Base Ventura County (formerly Port Hueneme and Point Mugu) has historically been placed on the BRAC closure list and evaluated as part of this national process. It is likely to be considered again. As the single largest employer in the county at more than 19,000 direct jobs, NBVC is an integral part of the regional economy.

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