Congressmen, mayors, senators, retired military generals and public business leaders gathered at a forum to kick off the grassroots effort, called the Knox Regional Development Alliance, which has a goal of $2.5 million.
The money raised through the alliance will go toward creating new Department of Defense initiatives to attract and retain current missions at Fort Knox and to develop more public and private partnerships that will boost its economy.
The goal is to raise the $2.5 million over a five year span.
“Today, the game has changed. We need to become more aggressive. We need to broaden the scope of what we do, protecting and growing the installation and the economy for the region, which goes all the way to Jefferson County and to Louisville,” said Maj. Gen. Bill Barron.
While the goal is $2.5 million, leaders don’t want to stop there. They want that growth to continue for the Fort Knox economy, but also for the benefit of the state and the community.