Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Announced State BRAC Task Force
Relocation of military personnel creates economic opportunity and challenge
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher, along with Congressman Ron Lewis (R-Cecilia) announced today the creation of a state level Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Task Force.
The task force will oversee and work with the surrounding communities of Fort Knox in preparing for the arrival of thousands of new military and civilian employees and their families and millions of dollars for new construction resulting from last year’s national BRAC recommendations.
From those recommendations, an estimated 5,000 military and civilian personnel will relocate to Kentucky. The commonwealth was one of the few states with significant growth as a result of last year’s BRAC recommendations.
“This presents a tremendous economic opportunity and challenge for the commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher. “I am very proud of the role Kentucky will play in strengthening our nation’s defense.”
Economic impact of the BRAC recommendations is estimated at $250 million in additional salaries and nearly $500 million over the next three to five years for new military construction.
“We attribute our tremendous success to a team effort at every level,” said Governor Fletcher. “This includes the local community, the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs and the outstanding support we received from Kentucky's Congressional delegation.”
The aim of the task force is to provide assistance to the Fort Knox communities, identify key infrastructure needs, learn how to maximize the economic benefits that BRAC will create, and assess where the state can best support the local communities.
Composition of the task force will consist of members from Governor Fletcher’s cabinet and community leaders from in and around Fort Knox. Governor Fletcher has appointed Congressman Lewis as the task force chairman. Congressman Lewis has worked closely with the state's Commission on Military Affairs throughout the BRAC process.
“I am honored to serve as chairman of Governor Fletcher’s Regional BRAC Committee,” said Congressman Lewis. “The overwhelming support demonstrated by local citizens continues to cement Fort Knox's position as a premiere military installation with surrounding communities that are wonderful places to live and work.”
BRAC Task Force MEMBERS
- Governor Ernie Fletcher
- Chair, Congressman Ron Lewis (R-Cecilia) or designee
- Co-Chair Major General John R. Tindall, Jr.
- Adjutant General Donald Storm, member of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
- Brigadier General Julius Berthold, National Guard of Kentucky, member of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs
- 6Senator Elizabeth Tori (R-Radcliff)
- Representative Mike Weaver (D-Elizabethtown)
- Representative Jimmie Lee (D-Elizabethtown)
- Representative Gerald Lynn (R-Brandenburg)
- County Judge-Executive Harry Berry of Hardin County
- Mayor of Elizabethtown, David Willmoth, Jr.
- Mayor of Radcliff, Sheila Enyart
- Superintendent of Hardin County Schools. (TBA)
- Citizen member, Brad Richardson, executive director of One Knox
- Lincoln Trail Area Development District, Wendell Lawrence, executive director
- Financial community, Bill Rissel CEO of Ft. Knox Credit Union.
- Tourism/Hospitality Industry/Business, Edith Dupin, president of Elizabethtown/Hardin County Chamber of Commerce
- Tourism/Hospitality Industry/Business, Jo Emary, executive director of Radcliff-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce
- Kentucky Education Cabinet, Secretary Virginia Fox
- Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Secretary Bill Nighbert
- Cabinet for Economic Development, Secretary Gene Strong
- Commissioner Steve Robertson, Governor's Office for Local Development,
- Garrison Commander at Fort Knox, Col Mark Needham