Hello everyone. We hope you are enjoying the summer months and the opportunities we’ve had to see each other in person again. We certainly hope it stays this way.
It has been an exciting few months with the return of Cadet Summer Training (CST) at Fort Knox. We were thrilled when COVID-19 conditions allowed for Cadet Command to open CST graduations to the cadets’ families. That has certainly contributed to the uptick in hotel stays and restaurant sales. Most importantly, we know our community enjoys welcoming the cadets, their families and the cadre to our region.
While the modest growth at Fort Knox this year is certainly welcome, it will put even greater demands on the housing market. We continue to work with Fort Knox and community leaders to ensure that the region is doing all it can to respond to the demand. The construction of new homes on Fort Knox is welcome news and will help alleviate some of the pressure.
As you read above, the KRDA team recently had the opportunity to attend the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Reconnect event. The chance to hear first-hand from Defense Department officials and learn about best practices from other defense communities makes these conferences so valuable. Just as important, it provides an opportunity to visit with Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill. Being able meet face to face, tell the story of Fort Knox and talk about key defense-related factors impacting our region with congressional leaders and their staff, is one of the most important aspects of our outreach efforts.
In addition to the Garrison Change of Command, there are several commands on post changing leadership this summer, including the post’s senior mission commander. We want to personally thank Maj. Gen. Evans for his leadership and commitment to community relations even in the midst of a pandemic. KRDA will host a community welcome reception in September so we can welcome all of our new senior leaders to post.
We want to continue to thank the community for their tremendous support to KRDA and, most especially, to Fort Knox Soldiers and their families. Ours is a region unlike any other and it’s a privilege to partner with all of you to promote and protect Fort Knox and support Soldiers and their families. Until our next e-newsletter.
Ray and Jim
CEO, Abound Credit Union
KRDA Board Chairman
Brig. Gen. (Ret)
Knox Regional Development Alliance