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Merging Legal Services, Base Conversion, and Community Economic Development

By Benjamin B. Quinones

Although the trauma of economic dislocations always falls hardest on legal services client populations, low-income communities can gain from an inclusive base-conversion process. This article evaluates the community economic development (CED) related to base closures. It identifies important CED opportunities for legal services advocates to pursue and describes the important benefits and valuable addition that CED activists, nonprofit social service providers, and other low-income advocates can bring to the closure process.

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