With the nine-county area surrounding Fort Knox facing unprecedented expansion related to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action, the region’s leaders seized the opportunity. In January 2006 they created One Knox as the central coordination agency to help the region respond in the most positive way to the growth opportunities associated with Fort Knox. As an operating arm of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District (LTADD), One Knox became the “one-stop, outside-the-gate” agency that managed and prepared effectively for this growth.
The open communications between Fort Knox and the community helped make BRAC a success that continues long past the 2011 completion of the BRAC transformation. The process allows our military partners to call on One Knox any time they needed support from the local communities. And in turn, it allows those outside the gate to rely on One Knox for information and assistance with all things Fort Knox. This unique aspect of One Knox’s work continues, as the region seeks to forge an even stronger military/community bond.
“There is great value in having one button when I need to reach off-post. One Knox is that button.”
—Senior Ft Knox Official
BRAC and Beyond – The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission announcement was the catalyst for great change in the Heartland. It saw the transformation of Fort Knox from an installation made up largely of trainees and the staff that supported them at the Armor Center and School to the Army’s Human Resource Center of Excellence (HRCoE). In addition, the installation became home to an Infantry Brigade and several other deployable units.
With this transformation & the expectation of future BRAC rounds, Fort Knox continues to have a positive impact on the surrounding region.
This page provides details on BRAC transformation related matters including:
- Organization Gains, Losses and Population/Economic Impact
- BRAC related construction projects on and off post
- Growth management planning and studies
- Job Opportunities at Fort Knox
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Organization Gains since 2005 BRAC Announcement
Apporox. # of Personnel
AAA St. Louis
19th Engineer Battalion
F Company 3rd SARG
11th Theater Aviation Command
HQs and Mission Support Element
3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command
533d Engineer Detachment
1/10th Air Support (Air Force)
502nd Bridge Company
3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
538th Engineer Section
Human Resources Command
84th Army Reserve Region Training Center
U.S. Army Accessions Command
& U.S. Army Cadet Command
Center for Substance Abuse
*Does not include student load of 15,000 per year
Organization Losses since 2005 BRAC Announcement
Apporox. # of Personnel
Regional Correction Facility
Army Research Institute
Armor Center and School
*Does not include student load of 7,750 per year
Estimated Spin-off Jobs
Estimated Total Job Growth
Estimated Population Growth
13,000 (new employees & their families)
Annual Economic Impact
Estimated Civilian Payroll – Direct
Estimated Spin-off Job Payroll
Estimated Total Increase in Regional Payroll
Fort Knox Construction 2006-2013
- HR Center of Excellence
- Brigade Combat Team
- 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command
- 19th Engineer Battalion
- Yano Range Upgrade
- Physical Fitness Center
- Zussman Training Center expansion
- Wilson Road expansion
- Warrior Transition Unit constr./renov.
- Jordan Dental Clinic renovation
- Ireland Hospital 5th Floor Clinic renovation
- Margettis Dental Clinic renovation
- New high school
- Geothermal HVAC
- Residential construction/renovations
- AAFES Main Exchange Update & Shopette renovation
Note: All data is based on available information and is subject to change
Off Post Infrastructure Improvements
- The Commonwealth of Kentucky has committed $251 million to transportation and other infrastructure improvements to meet BRAC growth demands. (read more)
Growth Management Planning
- Thorough and ongoing analysis has helped us effectively plan for growth.
- One Knox and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District have undertaken a series of studies.
- Using input from the studies, we have compiled a comprehensive listing of budget requirements for schools, job training, infrastructure, health care and transportation needs.
- Identified gaps in regional workforce (1400 potential high-skilled/high-wage job openings)
- Is being used to develop strategies for addressing economic and workforce supply and demand issues resulting from the BRAC.
- See slide show of final findings (Download PDF File)
Regional Economic Impact Analysis
- Developed projections of how the newly created job opportunities including wages and benefits will impact the regional economy:
- Wages – more than $322 million in new payroll from new direct jobs, construction activities and spinoff jobs
- It is estimated that for every two jobs new on post, one will be created off post
- A sustained 40% increase in state and local tax revenues
- Projected annual state tax revenue generated post-BRAC from Fort Knox operations approx. $75 million
- See the 2010 report that updates our December 2007 projections (Download PDF File)
- See slide show of final findings (Download PDF file)
Housing Market Analysis
- Assessed the kinds of new housing that will be needed to support expected growth
- Single-family housing stock in the region should be sufficient to meet the demands of relocating personnel and new home buyers to the region
- Region will need to accommodate 800-1000 new renters by 2012
- Download a copy of the report here
Health and Support Services Study
- Studied potential gaps, due to Fort Knox expansion, in medical and support resources for counties surrounding Fort Knox:
- Need for additional physicians in multiple specialties was found when reliance on Jefferson County providers was excluded.
- Provider resistance to Tri-Care participation is a barrier across multiple services.
- Expanded mental health services and access will likely be required.
- Download a copy of the report here.
- Download a copy of the additional research regarding mental health services, to include early support intervention for chronic pain.
The TIP Report: Wired65 Regional Competitiveness Strategy
- Aims to help Regional Leaders identify the top challenges & opportunities for the area
- Lays out a game plan to address them
- Reflects conversations with business & community leaders throughout the 26-county region
- Visit Wired65.org for the full report
Other Studies and Activities
Assessed current traffic conditions and made recommendations based on the expected impact BRAC growth will have on the road network surrounding Fort Knox
Assessing the anticipated water and wastewater facility needs based on projected new growth patterns
Keeping the relocating workforce, their families and the local communities informed of ongoing actions. Includes media engagement, Web-Site, community tours and other efforts