Cabinet for Economic Development
Military Contracting Forum Offers Inside Look at Federal Construction, Procurement Plans in the Fort Knox Area

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 01, 2011  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502)564-4886  

Military Contracting Forum Offers Inside Look at Federal Construction, Procurement Plans in the Fort Knox Area


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 1, 2011) A free military contracting forum to explain the process for obtaining contracts at Fort Knox is planned for Dec. 12 at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. 


Representatives of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Mission & Installation Contracting Command at Fort Knox, the Elizabethtown Small Business Development Center and the Cabinet for Economic Development will present information about procurement opportunities at Fort Knox and provide information about their respective organizations. The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce is also supporting the event.


Congressman Brett Guthrie has been invited to kick off the event. Additionally, a presentation by the Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District Office will give private-sector architects, engineers, general and specialty contractors, and manufacturers insight on what they need to know to deliver services and products to the U.S. federal government—the world's largest facility owner and procurer of design and construction services.


“Over the next five years, there will be over $1.5 billion in military construction at Blue Grass Army Depot, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell installations, and the Commonwealth wants Kentucky companies to bid on these contracts,” said Colonel (Retired) Mark Needham, executive director, Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs. 


Businesses may highlight their capabilities through one-on-one sessions with agency representatives during the event. Companies with major government contracts will also be on hand to provide subcontracting opportunity information.


The Cabinet for Economic Development will be on hand to promote the Kentucky Procurement Assistance Program (KPAP).  KPAP is a statewide program designed to provide Kentucky businesses with the marketing and technical tools they need to obtain and perform successfully under federal, state and local government contracts- with the mission of creating and retaining jobs for Kentuckians. 


“Events such as this help local companies learn how to compete for federal contracts.  During the last fiscal year, the federal government awarded $29 billion in prime contracts and $276 million in subcontracts performed in Kentucky. We want to see a larger percentage of these contracts being awarded to Kentucky-based businesses,” said Marisa Neal, program manager of KPAP. 


For more information about the forum or to register, visit  Additional information about KPAP can be found at


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