• FORA board member agencies


    to the natural beauty of the former Fort Ord in Monterey County, California. Learn more about FORA and its member agencies.

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  • FORA Office in Marina

    Fort Ord Reuse Authority

    We are the regional planning authority working to implement the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan.

  • Transition Planning

    FORA Transition Planning

    The 2018 Transition Plan contains a detailed assignment of obligations, liabilities, and assets and include a plan for completing the required work for the region.

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  • Economy


    Implementation of the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan is laying the groundwork for sustainable economic development.

  • CSUMB campus


    The former Fort Ord is the regional center of a growing world-class educational community.

  • Fort Ord lands


    Conserving ecological resources of the former base is a main tenet of the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan.

  • The Three E's: Economy, Education, Environment

    Economy, Education & Environment

    Designation of the Fort Ord National Monument embodies the spirit of collaboration at the former Fort Ord.

Executive Officer's Message

Executive Officer, Michael Houlemard

This past year, the Fort Ord Reuse Authority proudly asserts progress on most fronts. Notably, our munitions remediation, building removal, housing starts, jobs growth, veteran support/job/health programs, veterans cemetery expansion, and commercial services have all moved ahead. Our region has also seen new projects emerge in the opening of a new hotel in Marina and Fire Station No. 7 in East Garrison. At the same time, the Habitat Conservation Planning struggles under the weight, breadth and bureaucracy of US and State permitting processes, and the Oak Woodlands planning process on behalf of Seaside and the County has been slower than anticipated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ord?

A: Funding efforts enabled the California Department of Veteran Affairs to start California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC) construction fall of 2015. On October 11, 2016, the long-awaited Opening Ceremony was held, which included the memorial service and inurnment of Major William Williams U.S. Army. Expansion and Phase II are expected to include 11,500 gravesites over a 20-year build out.

Location and mailing address: 2900 Parker Flats Road, Seaside, CA 93955. A detailed map and directions can be found HERE. For more information and how to contribute much-needed funds: https://ccvcf.org/

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Fort Ord in the News

Transfer of cleared Fort Ord land

Central Coast is uniquely poised to become a leader and drive economic expansion in the drone and robotics industry

Santa Cruz Tech Beat: June 25, 2019
Robots aren’t just for nerds, explained Dr. Leila Takayama during her recent speech at the inaugural Monterey BayDrone, Automation and Robotics Technology (DART) Symposium. An associate professor at UC Santa Cruz’s Psychology Department, Takayama studies human-robot interaction and believes “you shouldn’t have to be a robot whisperer to use robotics.”

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Media Release

media release


Michael Houlemard, executive officer of Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA), is the recipient of the 2019 Association of Defense Communities (ADC) John Lynch Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes and is given to an individual whose outstanding leadership has served as a model for other base closure communities across the country. The award requires that the recipient's leadership has been essential in ensuring that a community or local redevelopment authority has shown measurable results and has significantly assisted in addressing community-specific economic needs following a base realignment or closure.

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