OEA Town Hall (OEA)
Tuesday, Oct. 6 // 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Interactive directly with OEA leadership as they discuss a wide range of key issues including their new programs, possible new federal legislation impacting OEA, and opportunities for communities and installations in 2021.


Patrick O’Brien, Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

The Future of Military Housing (Motili)

Military housing continues to be a key issue for DOD and military families. This session will explore the current challenges facing military housing, how DOD and Congress have responded, what’s being done on the ground today and opportunities for the future.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 // 3:00 – 4:30 PM

How States and Communities Can Be More ‘Military Friendly’ (MATRIX)
Friday, Oct. 9 // 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Over the past few years, states and communities have placed a greater emphasis on improving the quality of life for veterans, service members and military families.  The opportunities span across the realm of taxation, education, advocacy and assistance, monetary benefits, and employment. When looked at in total, these programs help determine how ‘military friendly’ a state or community is towards its constituents.  Many states claim to be the most military friendly, but often the evidence is lacking.  Important in the discussion is the implications of the Services tying some of these ‘military friendly’ factors to basing decisions for future missions.  This panel will explore perspectives from the national and state levels and offer some analytical solutions to help states and communities close the gap between where they are and where they want to be with respect to military friendliness.


Charlie Perham, Vice President, Director of Government Consulting Services, Matrix Design Group


Rep. Tina Orwall (Washington State) – NCSL Military and Vets co-chair
Secretary Carlos Hopkins – Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
Beth Medina, COL (R) – VP, Defense and Military Programs at Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Zakary Payne, PE – Senior Associate, Matrix Design Group