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Community Outreach and Assistance

The Office of Economic Adjustment provides technical and financial assistance to States and communities impacted by changes to Defense programs while helping to coordinate the involvement of other Federal Agencies in preparing an adjustment strategy to help communities help themselves.

What OEA Can Do For You
OEA brings almost half a century of experience and best practices in coordinating federal government resources and solving complex problems. With its interdisciplinary staff, OEA works hands-on with communities over several years to create a positive environment for economic growth. To better prepare the community for economic transitions, we engage with the community and build relationships with community members, private business, State governments, and the armed forces to ensure a successful transition.

OEA has the ability to

  • Effectively engage as a neutral facilitator to support positive interface among military departments and State and local governments; engage key participants and elements needed to support community economic development
  • Effectively coordinate Federal assistance to support defense-impacted state and local governments
  • Work with local communities and military installations to create a better, more diverse quality of life for all
  • Understand comprehensive processes from the perspective of a variety of stakeholders
  • For more information on OEA, visit their web site at www.oea.gov

States and Communities
States and communities may request assistance from the Office of Economic Adjustment via email, mail or phone.

       Contact OEA
Office of Economic Adjustment
400 Army Navy Drive
Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22202-4704

Telephone: 703-604-6020
Fax: 703-604-5843
Email: wso.oeawebfeedback@wso.whs.mil

Other Federal Programs

Other Federal agencies have programs to assist communities and individuals transition economically in the wake of defense program changes. OEA routinely partners with these Federal agencies and can help communities quickly access these Federal assets in order to structure an integrated economic adjustment plan. A sampling of some relevant Federal programs are listed below in the following categories

Economic Development Resources

U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides grants for infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development. EDA helps economically distressed communities alleviate conditions of substantial and persistent unemployment and underemployment.

U.S. Department of Commerce
EDA Planning, Technical Assistance, and Public Works Programs

Communities economically impacted by major base closures may be eligible for funding under the Economic Development Administration's Planning, Technical Assistance, and Public Works programs. These grants provide substantial funds for a range of services including: infrastructure development, technology initiatives, revolving loan funds, and other economic development strategies.

U.S. Department of Labor
Skills Partnership Self-Assessment Tool

Skills Partnership Self-Assessment Rating Sheet helps practitioners examine their local and regional area current capacity and ability to establish and operate regional skills partnerships, sector-based initiatives, and related activities. The evaluation factors were originally identified in the course of a national evaluation by Public Policy Associates of 50 U.S. Department of Labor demonstration projects focusing on skills shortages. This worksheet may be helpful to local communities seeking to develop strategic partnerships to address a defense program change.

Local Service Centers

U.S. Department of Labor
One-Stop Career Centers

One-Stop Career Centers are resources for job seekers and employers. They offer a wide array of employment, training, and education services. There are approximately 3,400 One-Stop Career Centers located throughout the United States. Center contact information can be found at the Web site or by calling the toll free phone number 1-877-US2-JOBS (TTY: 1-877-899-5627).

U.S. Department of Defense
Family Support/Service Centers

Family Support/Service Centers are a comprehensive support network designed to enhance the lives of soldiers (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, civilian employees, military retirees, and other eligible participants. These centers, which are located all over the world and in different branches of the military, vary in the kind of services offered.

Small Business Development

U.S. Small Business Administration
Small Business Development Centers

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program and provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses through a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. Lead SBDCs are in every State, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands with a network of more than 1,100 service locations. Center contact information can be found at the Web site or by calling the toll free phone number 1-800-8-ASK-SBA or 1-202-205-7333 (TTY).

U.S. Small Business Administration
Small Business Training Network

The Small Business Training Network, sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, is a virtual campus housing free training courses, workshops, and knowledge resources. This network is designed to assist entrepreneurs and other students of enterprise. The above Web site provides a direct link to the network.

Community Development

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Community Service Block Grant Program

Administration for Children and Families provides information about the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program. CSBG provides States, U.S. territories, and recognized Indian Tribes with funds for services to ameliorate the causes and conditions of poverty. Eligible activities include: municipal infrastructure projects; acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of public facilities; clearance and demolition; housing rehabilitation; public service activities such as employment, crime prevention, childcare, health, and education; and economic development.

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Community Development Finance Institutions Program

CDFI Fund - U.S. Treasury provides an overview of the Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) program. This program provides financial assistance to certified CDFIs that demonstrate the ability to leverage non-Federal dollars to support comprehensive business plans that impact underserved markets. The CDFI program also helps existing and emerging CDFIs build their capacity to serve their communities.

U.S. Department of Labor
An Environmental Scan

An Environmental Scan is the workforce information source to assist employment, economic development, education, workforce investment planning, and decision making. It provides a useful compendium of sources of labor market information, workforce information, and Web-based systems that provide improved access to this kind of information.

U.S. Department of Labor
Conducting a Community Audit

This website offers Workforce Investment Boards a how to approach to conducting a strategic economic analysis of a local/regional labor market, including building a stakeholder partnership. Although the guide was not developed for BRAC events, much of the information and many of the approaches are relevant. The guide includes how to find data, how to analyze both the supply and demand sides of a labor market, and how to conduct sector and cluster analysis.

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The documents on this website are for general information purposes only. References to particular transition actions (Ex: Base Realignment and Closure - BRAC, Transfer of Function - TOF, Reduction in Force - RIF) do not in any way indicate that is the action being taken by your organization or that the action affects any particular individual. For specific information on the transition action being taken at your activity and its effects, if any, on you, please contact your local human resources office.

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