New non-profit private-public alliance to lead $2.5 million effort
Private and public sector community leaders from Hardin, Meade, LaRue, Bullitt
and Jefferson Counties will officially launch a $2.5 million campaign to grow Fort Knox and the region’s economy. The newly established Knox Regional Development Alliance (KRDA) is undertaking the capital campaign to fund a three-pronged economic
development initiative centered on three priorities:
Priority 1: Advocating for new missions and retaining existing missions at Fort Knox
Priority 2: Attracting and retaining defense-related business
Priority 3: Developing more public-public and public-private partnerships
Money raised will be used to fund KRDA’s advocacy, marketing and targeted business attraction activities. The establishment of KRDA is the result of a merger of the CORE Committee, Inc and the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s One Knox Council.
- Dennis Johnson, President and CEO of Hardin Memorial Health
- Ray Springsteen, President and CEO of Fort Knox Federal Credit Union
- U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie
- Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron, Executive Director CORE Committee Inc.
- Representatives from five counties, 10 municipalities
- Dozens of private sector leaders
8:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016
Grace Heartland Church
801 Pear Orchard Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
“Protecting and growing Fort Knox and related private sector business growth means more jobs and more opportunities in our region,” said Ray Springsteen, Campaign Co-Chair. “A comprehensive and coordinated effort to protect and promote Fort Knox is
Springsteen sited other military communities with like-organizations that have increased their installation’s military value resulting in new military missions, private sector business attraction and overall economic growth.
Campaign Co-Chair Dennis Johnson emphasized the power of collaboration. “Together, public and private leaders can make a big difference for Ft. Knox. We can protect and grow this regional treasure and economic powerhouse,” said Johnson.