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$3 million awarded for BRAC work

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Army reorganization expected to bring 5,000 new jobs

By The Staff

Kentucky has been awarded $3 million for continued support of Base Realignment and Closure  activities in the Lincoln Trail area.

The U.S. Department of Labor grant will support projects benefiting individuals and businesses in Fort Knox and its surrounding communities including Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties.  

“With the BRAC implementation, there are big changes and opportunities on the horizon for those in the Fort Knox area,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “It is important that we properly prepare our communities for these changes and address the specific needs the realignment will require in Kentucky. This grant will continue the good work we already have in place to do just that.”

The funds, administered through the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet,  will finance strategies to minimize the time BRAC-impacted workers are unemployed, assist those workers in upgrading their skills to attract new employers and expand the pool of existing employers. It also includes recruitment of workforce, marketing of services and training, and outreach to employers and workers.

The financial investment from federal sources when BRAC is implemented is expected to become the largest single economic advancement in Kentucky’s history.

It is estimated that before the end of 2011, about 5,000 new military and civilian jobs will be created along with 7,700 family members moving to Kentucky.