In response to the growing emphasis on the downsizing of US military infrastructure and the enactment of federal Base Realignment and Closure legislation calling for closure initiatives, the Bay County BRAC Committee, Inc. was formed. The organization became an independent, not for profit corporation and later changed its name to Bay Defense Alliance, Inc. The organization was founded by community leaders involved with the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Bay Economic Development Alliance and other key organizations. The 30-member board includes representatives of the Bay Economic Development Alliance, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Florida State University Panama City, and Gulf Coast State College.
Since its inception, the mission of BDA has been to study every aspect of our military installations and work to preserve and enhance their missions and military value. Working closely with our congressional delegation toward this common goal, BDA has leveraged volunteer hours by former military members, subject matter experts and community leaders for the benefit of Naval Support Activity Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base.
Bay Defense Alliance also partners with Florida Defense Alliance and Florida Defense Support Task Force to ensure Florida earns its reputation as the most defense-friendly state in the nation. BDA works closely with installation leadership to facilitate the Defense Infrastructure Grant program which provides funding for special projects of mutual benefit to our local bases and the community. To date, the Defense Infrastructure, Defense Reinvestment and the Florida Defense Support Task Force grant programs have brought more than $8.9 million in grants to Bay County installations.