Friday 3/16, 3:30-5:15pm, Starting and ending at Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, California 93940 USA
This former Fort Ord tour begins with an overview upon boarding the bus. Tour leaders from the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) will provide a regional geographic, socio-economic, and resue/recovery program introduction and context, highlighting the intimate linkages between the former Army infantry training center and its surrounding communities/region. Tour participants will gain an appreciation for the physical, economic and political transformation that has occurred since the base closed in 1994.
The tour will highlight key accomplishments including: the establishment and continued growth of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB); the conversion of hundreds of acres of beachfront property to the Fort Ord Dunes State Park; the designation of the 14,500-acre Fort Ord National Monument; creation of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery and the William Gourley VA/DoD Clinic; growth of new mixed-use developments (Dunes at Monterey Bay, Seahaven, and East Garrison) and more. The tour will also point out yet to be realized reuse and recovery program elements including: the growth of a R&D/light industrial park at the University of California Monterey Bay Science, Education and Technology (UCMBEST) Center; persistent blight in the form of still standing, dilapidated army barracks; and yet to be completed capital projects. The tour will be a fitting conclusion to the annual CALED conference as the reuse and economic recovery process at the former Fort Ord represents a microcosm of economic development challenges throughout California.