Our thanks to the General George Patton Museum of Leadership for featuring KRDA President/CEO Brig. Gen. (ret) Jim Iacocca in its Leader Lessons speakers series. The speaker series is geared toward highlighting leaders in the military and civilian sectors as they present their perspectives on leadership excellence. During the seminar, Iacocca shared his perspective on 33+ years of leadership excellence. To view the full Leader Lessons speakers series, click here.
Hello everyone. We hope you’re enjoying your summer. We certainly are here in the Greater Fort Knox Region. We couldn’t think of a better place to call home. Speaking of home, the KRDA team is so proud and appreciative of our new office courtesy of the City of Radcliff. Our thanks to Mayor Duvall, the Radcliff City Council, Ashley Russo, and the public works team for having our space move-in ready ahead of schedule.
Thanks to everyone who came out for our ribbon cutting with the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and the Radcliff Small Business Alliance. It really exemplified the community’s collaborative spirit and commitment to the work of KRDA. We’ve already put our space to good use hosting our executive committee, as well as meetings with contractors pursuing potential business opportunities on Fort Knox.
This time of year marks the return of Cadet Summer Training (CST) when Fort Knox’s population surges by an additional 14,000 ROTC cadets to the community, including their families for family days and CST graduation. We encourage everyone to take in one of the graduation ceremonies and get a glimpse of the Army’s future leaders. It’s always inspiring.
Please continue to keep the V Corps Soldiers and their families in your thoughts and prayers while the unit is deployed to Europe in support of NATO allies. We remain in contact with Fort Knox leaders on any specific ways the community can provide support and we’ll keep you posted on any news of their return.
Time and again Fort Knox leaders talk about the unmatched support our community provides and we know that plays a role in readiness and keeping Fort Knox strong. Thanks for all you do and have a great rest of your summer.
Ray and Jim
Abound Credit Union
KRDA Board Chairman
Brig. Gen. (Ret)
Knox Regional Development Alliance
Cadet Summer Training (CST) officially got underway at Fort Knox in May and runs through August. Considered the Army’s largest annual training exercise, 5,000 cadre (instructors) train and evaluate 9,000 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. With the return of CST, Fort Knox will also soon host several Family Days and public graduation ceremonies, bringing more visitors to the Greater Fort Knox Region. Listed below are the scheduled CST graduations:
- Wednesday, June 29 — Advanced Camp 1st Regiment graduation
- Monday, July 4 — Advanced Camp 2nd Regiment graduation
- Saturday, July 9 — Advanced Camp 3rd Regiment graduation
- Thursday, July 14 — Advanced Camp 4th Regiment graduation
- Tuesday, July 19 — Advanced Camp 5th Regiment graduation
- Sunday, July 24 — Advanced Camp 6th Regiment graduation
- Wednesday, July 27 — Basic Camp 1st Regiment graduation
- Friday, July 29 — Advanced Camp 7th Regiment graduation
- Monday, Aug. 1 — Basic Camp 2nd Regiment graduation
- Wednesday, Aug. 3 — Advanced Camp 8th Regiment graduation
- Saturday, Aug. 6 — Basic Camp 3rd Regiment graduation
- Monday, Aug. 8 — Advanced Camp 9th Regiment graduation
- Saturday, Aug. 13 — Advanced Camp 10th Regiment graduation
- Thursday, Aug. 18 — Advanced Camp 11th Regiment graduation
If attending CST graduations, be sure to have an approved pass to access post and plan accordingly for longer-than-normal wait times at the post entrance gates.
RADCLIFF, Ky. – Radcliff officials announced recently that the Knox Regional Development Alliance (KRDA) will be the new tenant of the iconic Elmer L. Hargan Building on North Wilson Road. Beginning in May, the building will serve as the physical location for the community-based non-profit that works to promote and protect Fort Knox and grow defense-related business in the region.
“We are thrilled to welcome KRDA to the Hargan Building,” said Radcliff Mayor JJ Duvall. “KRDA’s work to help protect Fort Knox and grow its economic impact is a direct benefit to the people of Radcliff and the entire region. Fort Knox remains an engine that drives our regional economy.”
Named for the city’s first mayor, the building which sits behind the tank display and city welcome sign, was donated by the Hargan family with the stipulation that it be used for municipal needs as determined by city government.
Duvall called KRDA the perfect fit.
“I cannot think of a better occupant than an organization that supports our community’s and our region’s largest employer,” he said.
KRDA offices have been in the Radcliff Square Plaza, almost directly across U.S. 31W from the Hargan Building. The plaza’s former owner, Joe Markham, donated their former space at a highly reduced rental rate as part of his investment in KRDA.
Markham sold the plaza in 2018 and with the expiration of the initial lease, the new property managers indicated that rent would more than quadruple. That’s when KRDA CEO Brig. Gen. retired Jim Iacocca first met with Duvall about moving into the Hargan Building.
“It just made sense,” said Iacocca. “We cannot thank the city enough for their financial commitment to KRDA with both their annual investment and this generous in-kind donation that allows us to keep operational costs lower and be the best stewards of our investors’ dollars.”
Founded in 2016, KRDA is funded through the support of private and public donations.
Abound Credit Union CEO and KRDA board chairman Ray Springsteen shared Iacocca’s and Duvall’s sentiment.
“This is a win on so many levels – for KRDA, for the city of Radcliff, for the entire region, and for the Soldiers and families of Fort Knox that KRDA helps us all support,” said Springsteen. “KRDA works to protect our region’s greatest economic asset, Fort Knox, which generates nearly a billion in annual payroll. We appreciate the city’s foresight in giving KRDA a new place from which do their critical work.”
Renovations to the building are ongoing in advance of KRDA’s move, including a remodeled office space that is accessed from the main North Wilson Road entrance, and exterior maintenance work to include new roofing. The city also plans to renovate the lower level of the building that features a larger meeting space later this year.
The Hargan building had been home to the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s north-end office and the Radcliff Chamber of Commerce prior to the chamber merger in late 2010.
The Hardin County Chamber officially vacated the location last year citing operational efficiency at a single location in Elizabethtown.
“COVID operations showed us that we can continue to serve and advocate for the entire Hardin County business community from one location,” said Margy Poorman, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with KRDA and think they are an ideal tenant for our former office space.”
Representatives from the Radcliff Small Business Alliance (RSBA) were also on hand for the welcome ceremony and expressed their support for KRDA’s move into the Hargan Building.
“We’ve long advocated for the city and our community to get the best return on investment possible from the Hargan building tenants,” said RSBA president Matt Smith. “Our thanks to the mayor and city council for their leadership in this valuable and important decision.”
The Knox Regional Development Alliance (KRDA) officially welcomed new board members and board officers at its recent annual meeting of investors. New additions to the board include Selena Hudson, Vine Grove city council member and mortgage loan officer with Mutual of Omaha Mortgage; Margy Poorman, President and CEO of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce; and Brandon Simpson, an insurance agent with Hardin County Kentucky Farm Bureau.
“We are excited to have these three great community leaders join the KRDA board of directors and bring their talent and expertise to bear in support of KRDA’s work to promote and protect Fort Knox and support Soldiers and their families,” said Ray Springsteen, KRDA board chairman and President and CEO of Abound Credit Union.
“Fort Knox’s economic impact on our region cannot be overstated. With nearly one billion dollars in annual payroll and a workforce that’s two to four times more than the next five largest employers combined in Hardin, Meade, LaRue and Bullitt Counties, Fort Knox is our region’s economic engine,” Springsteen said.
Two board members, Luke Schmidt, CEO of L.B. Schmidt and Associates, and Retired Col. Bill Betson, were appointed as board officers and will now serve on the KRDA executive committee. Betson will serve as the board secretary and Schmidt will serve as the treasurer. Schmidt replaces Keith Johnson who served as KRDA treasurer since the organization was formed in 2016. Johnson will continue serving on the board of directors.
Betson and Schmidt join Springsteen; Retired Maj. Gen. John Tindall, who continues serving as the board’s vice chair/military; and Marilyn Ford, heartland region city president of Wesbanco, who previously served as the board secretary and was elected to the newly established officer position of vice chair/chair-elect.
Terry Bennett, of Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson and Humphrey, will also continue to serve on the executive committee as council.
“Our board and executive committee provide tremendous leadership and are critical to KRDA’s long-term viability,” said KRDA CEO Jim Iacocca. “I am incredibly appreciative of the board’s support and commitment to KRDA and keeping Fort Knox strong. Our community plays an important role in setting the conditions for Fort Knox to grow and prosper.”
As a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) organization, KRDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of 30 members made up of community leaders and investors from across the Greater Fort Knox Region.
- Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron
- Harry Berry, Hardin County Judge/Executive
- Jim Bradford, Fort Knox, Deputy Garrison Commander
- Retired Brig. Gen. Steve Bullard, Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, Executive Director
- J.J. Duvall, City of Radcliff Mayor
- Brandon Fogle, South Central Bank, Northern Region President
- Jim Fugitte, Plansmith Corp, Director of Strategic Services
- Jeff Gregory, City of Elizabethtown Mayor
- Brian Kerr, Kerr Office Group, President
- Retired Maj. Gen. Troy Kok
- Ben LaRue, Owen LaRue Financial, Partner and Financial Advisor
- Darin Logsdon, Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co., Vice President
- Pam Ogden, Vine Grove Mayor
- Brad Richardson, Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, Retired President/CEO
- Leslie Stith, Meade County Judge/Executive
- Jerry Summers, Bullitt County Judge/Executive
- Carl Swope, Swope Family of Dealerships, President/CEO
- Tracee Troutt, Baptist Health Hardin, Vice President/Chief Marketing and Development Officer
- Allison Willoughby, Brandenburg Telephone and Telecom Companies, General Manager
- Don Wise, The Cecilian Bank, Senior Executive Officer
To learn more about KRDA’s board members, visit growknox.org/about-krda.
RADCLIFF, Ky. – Local defense contractor North South Consulting Group (NSCG) announced today plans to build a new Radcliff location amid workforce expansions. This announcement comes as the contractor’s workforce triples in size in support of nearly every major command on Fort Knox. With more than 300 employees and nearly $10 million in annual payroll, the diverse professional services firm’s new location will support its expanded operations.
“We are thrilled that North South Consulting Group chose Radcliff as the place to start their business and that they will continue to call Radcliff home as the company expands,” said Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall.
Army combat veteran Dr. Krista Stevens established NSCG in 2012 and opened its Radcliff headquarters in 2019. Stevens and her husband, Chase, who is also a veteran, have led NSCG’s exponential growth. This growth has been especially evident over the past three years, as the company saw a nearly 900% increase in revenue.
“I attribute NSCG’s growth to our highly-talented employees, many of whom are veterans who served at Fort Knox and intuitively understand the installation’s various missions,” Stevens said. “Our team has built a reputation of always delivering quality service to our customers. We pride ourselves on it.”
Stevens added that having a proven track record, or “positive past performance,” as it is called in the government procurement realm, is especially critical.
“An aggressive approach to business development, past performance, strong working relationships and learning how to navigate the government procurement process have all been key to our success,” she said.
Knox Regional Development Alliance CEO retired Brig. Gen. Jim Iacocca said the lessons learned during Stevens’ and her team’s military service and their heart for Soldiers and families also contribute to NSCG’s success.
“Krista, Chase and all of the other talented military veterans on the North South Consulting Group team know what it’s like to work 18 and 20-hour days to accomplish the mission. That, coupled with their passion for Soldiers, leads to their excellent contract performance. They see the Soldiers and families in every action they undertake,” said Iacocca. “Their success excites me but it doesn’t surprise me. KRDA is committed to doing all we can to help grow defense sector businesses like NSCG in our region.”
Duvall said NSCG’s job creation and new payroll brings added spending power to the region.
“NSCG employees eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and call Radcliff and the surrounding communities in the Greater Fort Knox region home,” he said.
Stevens said she’s proud to live and work in the Greater Fort Knox region.
“Radcliff and Hardin County have so much to offer. It’s a community full of partners who are ready and willing to help us grow. Whether it’s the mayor connecting us with potential funding sources or people offering us cubicles for our growing office or our neighbors at the Gathering Bakery giving us added space to meet, we cannot say enough about how supportive everyone is,” said Stevens. “We can’t imagine working anywhere else and we are excited to grow here.”