With the new year underway, I wanted to express how honored I am to serve as the Knox Regional Development Alliance’s (KRDA) President and CEO. It is a great privilege to serve this community.
This community’s and most especially our investors’ commitment to protecting and growing Fort Knox and defense related business in the region is a testament to the value you place on what is, annually, a $2.5 billion economic engine. I am confident we can achieve even greater economic potential through proactive and deliberate engagement with key influencers, decision makers, businesses and site selectors.
My thanks to Maj. Gen. (R) Bill Barron for not only establishing KRDA operations in 2017, but also doing the important outreach to key stakeholders in the Department of Defense and beyond. I also want to thank our board of directors that provided Bill the support, leadership and time needed to get the organization up and running.
At the board meeting in December, we elected a new slate of officers for 2018:
Ray Springsteen – Chairman
John Tindall – Vice Chairman
Keith Johnson – Treasurer
Beth Avey – Secretary
Terry Bennett – Counsel
I look forward to working with them and the full board to finalize our strategic plan with well-defined goals and objectives against which we can measure our success.
Thank you again for your continued support to KRDA. If you are interested in learning how you or your organization can invest in KRDA and this region’s continued economic prosperity, please do not hesitate to contact me.
BG (R), U.S. Army