Adversaries to Allies: Creating Wealth for the Republic of Serbia from Surplus Military Property

Winter 2013, Vol. 38, No. 3

Abstract: This article demonstrates how a counselor’s interdisciplinary skills, critical inquiry and thoughtful analysis of a situation helped a receptive and responsive client look beyond a mere symptom and craft a strategy to advance economic growth in the Republic of Serbia. As part of an initiative to stimulate economic expansion and employment through conversion of well-located surplus military properties to productive private uses, the author/counselor formulated and promoted an innovative new paradigm advocating cooperation, coordination and communication between the Ministry of Defense and local government officials to foster economic development and enhance the value of surplus military properties while cultivating private rather than public capital investment to fund their redevelopment. This project earned the 2011 James Felt Creative Counseling Award from The Counselors of Real Estate.