Maher & Maher, together with partners Anthology Communications, Economic Modeling Specialists International, Innovative Leadership Australia, and EntreWorks Consulting, worked on all aspects of the comprehensive “Local Officials Guide to Defense Industry Adjustment” for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). We worked with OEA leadership to identify the contents, outline, and flow of the 90-plus-page document and developed the tools and resources that are referenced throughout the Guide. In 2013, we followed that up by producing three Guides designed to meet the specific needs of local elected officials:
These Guides provide only the “highest points” that elected officials need to lead regional transformation initiatives.
The Maher-led team wrote and edited the content, which focused on all aspects of the process for preparing communities for defense industry downturns and other defense-related shifts. Aligned to a framework of organizing, planning, and implementing, the Guide explores defense industry adjustments within regional economic contexts; stresses the importance of both short- and long-term response strategies that are grounded in industry sector and cluster development; and provides readers with a comprehensive roadmap for navigating all stages and aspects of economic adjustment scenarios. The Guide also included a primer on economic adjustment, metrics, and data indicators to assist regional planners with preparing for defense industry adjustment. And while the Guide concerns itself primarily with the defense industry, its content is applicable to a wide variety of other economic transition scenarios, such as plant closings and attendant mass layoffs.
In addition to developing all aspects of the content, the Maher team developed a brand and original graphics for the publication, and placed photos to ensure a print-ready, actionable publication for OEA’s stakeholders.
The large “How To” Guide provides great detail on all aspects of the three-step OEA adjustment process, while the three shorter Guides really hone in on elected officials’ needs: