Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Kentucky to receive $300,000 workforce investment grant

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Funds will be used for community planning resulting from BRAC 2005

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has been notified by the U.S. Department of Labor this afternoon that Kentucky will receive $300,000 in national emergency grant funds to target workers, businesses and communities potentially at risk as a result of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005.

“When BRAC 2005 recommendations were made, our general reaction was that Kentucky was treated fairly,” Governor Fletcher said. “These funds will help the state to initiate community planning, ensuring an early response to workers and businesses impacted by these actions.”

The funds will be directed to Kentucky’s Department for Workforce Investment for disbursement.

The BRAC 2005 recommendations impacted eight facilities in Kentucky. They are: Army National Guard Reserve Center in Paducah; Finance and Accounting Service in Lexington; U.S. Army Reserve Center in Louisville; U.S. Army Reserve Center in Maysville; Louisville International Airport Air Guard Station in Fort Campbell; Fort Knox; and the Navy Recruiting Command in Louisville.

“We are committed to the workers and families affected by the BRAC 2005 recommendations,” said Commissioner Laura E. Owens, Department for Workforce Investment. “Thoughtful community planning can ensure that these funds are wisely spent in these communities.”

The U.S. Department of Labor provides funds to the states impacted by BRAC 2005 recommendations. The states, in turn, fund local projects in impacted communities.