FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - New houses, apartments, even entire
subdivisions are popping up around Fort Knox to prepare for the
arrival of thousands of families who will be moving to Kentucky
over the next two years.
Changes inside the military installation, home of the nation's
gold repository, are expected to create an economic revival for the
communities that surround it. State officials are taking steps to
help the communities prepare for what's coming.
Under a reorganization announced in 2005, the Army is moving its
Human Resources Command and the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
to Fort Knox next year. In addition, soldiers from the Army
Accessions Command and Army Cadet Command would move there by 2010,
and soldiers from the 84th Army Reserve Region Training Center by
Col. Mark Needham, garrison commander at Fort Knox, told
Kentucky lawmakers last week that the military installation will
see an overall gain some 2,000 civilian workers and about 2,500
soldiers from the Pentagon base realignment.
The moves will have an economic impact that exceeds anything
private investors have done in Kentucky in decades, said state Rep.
Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg.
"This is much bigger than Toyota," said Greer, chairman of a
legislative subcommittee overseeing the state's response to the
Fort Knox changes. "It's bigger than UPS. It's bigger than Ford.
Any project we can think of as far as economic development, the
impact of this is much bigger."