Military Corps Career Connect (C3)
There was a pre-meeting presentation on Military Corps Career Connect (C3) by Tim O’Farrell, General Manager of the Fort Meade Alliance and Kim Joyner, Veteran Navigator, Susquehanna Workforce Network. C3 is a statewide initiative (funded by a $4.3M grant) to help ensure a smooth transition of military to civilian employment in the community. The program works with active duty military, their spouses and recently separated veterans (4 years of less) to help them navigate the employment process. The program provides for subsidized internships and on-the-job training, project-based learning opportunities, job preparation and much more. The program provides for benefits to the businesses that hire the veterans, so it is a real win-win.
Benefits to businesses include:
- On-the-Job Training: An opportunity to close the skills gap for new employees, utilizing a plan that reimburses businesses a percentage of the trainee’s wages up to $12,000.
- Work & Learn Training: A hands-on paid work experience, using the host business’ methods to train, with the grant paying the veterans/spouses $15/hour, working 32 hours per week up to 8 weeks.
- Work Opportunities Tax Credits: Up to $9,600 in tax credits for the business when they hire a disabled veteran.
- Expedited Credentialing & Licensing: C3 can help speed up the process of obtaining licenses and credentials so that the new employee can start the job faster.
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Federal Legislative Discussion
Jim Gauthier reported for the Livingston Group. The Tax Reform/Tax Cut issue is taking up most of the time of the legislators through the end of the year. The Continuing Resolution will run through December 8, 2017. It is likely there will be a six-week Continuing Resolution to keep the government operating into January. The House has finished appropriation work. Jim Gauthier has not seen the Senate’s Defense or Homeland Security Appropriation to ensure the Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) at APG is funded. The National Defense Authorization is moving quickly. Nothing to report related to APG interests. Jim Gauthier is looking into changes proposed for A-76, Commercial Activities Studies. He is also tracking the JROTC issue with Senator Van Hollen’s office.
2019 Legislative Priorities
The timeline for Army Alliance to identify legislative priorities for FY19 has been established. There will be meetings with senior leaders across APG before the end of calendar year. The Army Alliance will meet with MG Taylor in January. Draft of white papers will be done in February, with submission of asks in March.
Association of Defense Communities (ADC) 2018 Great American Defense Communities (GADC)
The Army Alliance submitted a nomination package for the Chesapeake Science and Security Corridor. Package focused on three programs: Support to the Fallen, Preservation of the Rich Heritage of APG and Harford Community College, A Military Friendly School. Five defense communities will be honored by the ADC. Winners should be announced shortly.
New Army Alliance Website
Watch for news on the launch of the new Army Alliance website.
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Harford County Update
Karen Holt reported that the county dedicated its first bus shelter on October 28th at Aberdeen train station. A spec building going up on the Perryman peninsula is progressing quickly. There will be an Office of Economic Adjustment session on December 5th that Karen Holt will attend. She is hearing more about BRAC, and stated that we may hear more next month. She stated that we are well situated with no big issues in our Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). January 2018 will be the County’s bond rating. They have been Triple-A rated in the past, and she feels optimistic about their projections. DEFTECH is proceeding with an early December ribbon cutting. The office will include representatives from APG who will help to promote commercialization and technical transfer opportunities from APG.