Gov. Steve Beshear has created a task force to augment the state’s measures to prepare for the impact created by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) plans to realign its military bases.
For Kentucky, the greatest degree of activity regarding the DOD’s mission changes and influx of military and civilian employees will occur at Fort Knox. However, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) may also extend into the Fort Campbell area, depending on DOD decisions.
Although exact figures are changeable by the nature of such a massive undertaking, the impact on Kentucky is expected to be enormous. Thousands of military and high-salaried professional positions are expected to move into Kentucky, along with $1 billion in construction. In addition, up to 7,000 family members will move to the commonwealth and millions of dollars annually in new state tax revenues are predicted. The changes will also create opportunities for new businesses in the area.
The governor’s task force has been set up to meet specific needs in categories such as community water and sewer availability, educational demands brought forth by the influx of new residents, area planning, workforce development and other critical segments of BRAC as the transformation progresses. Gov. Steve Beshear will chair the task force.