• 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.

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  • Transition Planning

    FORA Transition Planning

    The 2018 Transition Plan includes a plan for completing the required work for the region before FORA's Sunset June 30, 2020.

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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.

New Executive Officer

Executive Officer, Michael Houlemard

Retiring after 23 years of exemplary public service, we bid a fond farewell to Michael A. Houlemard, Jr, beginning his much earned retirement on December 31, 2019.

Please welcome our new Executive Officer Josh Metz, who will be guiding the team towards the finish line as FORA sunsets June 30, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is the reuse of the former Fort Ord being financed?

A: Under California law, FORA and the land use jurisdictions are responsible for arrainging or providing financing of base-wide costs for replacing or constructing new roads, constructing reclaimed water system(s), conserving selected areas for native habitat, upgrading or replacing other infrastructure systems, and removing/rehabilitating 1,200 former military barrack and other buildings (as required under the Base Reuse Plan, by federal law, or by agreements with the local jurisdictions).

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Fort Ord in the News

Major new oceanfront campground to be built along Monterey Bay

Project is largest new coastal campground at a California state park since 1980s

SEASIDE — For 77 years, Fort Ord near Monterey was a sprawling Army base thick with artillery pieces, wooden barracks and infantrymen shooting rifles and machine guns during target practice.

More than 2 million men and women served there between 1917 and 1994, including soldiers who battled in World War I, stormed the beaches in Okinawa during World War II, and fought in Korea, Vietnam and Panama. When they were young and largely unknown, Fort Ord’s soldiers included Clint Eastwood, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, rock star Jerry Garcia, and actors Leonard Nimoy and Jamie Farr.

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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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