Beshear names BRAC taskforce members
The latest taskforce includes several Hardin County officials

Staff report

May 11, 2008

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday the 10 members who will serve on his BRAC taskforce. The list includes several Hardin County residents. The taskforce will allocate state funding for infrastructure projects needed for anticipated growth around Fort Knox as a result of the Pentagon's 2005 base realignment plan. Last month the state committed $100 million to BRAC-related infrastructure in its budget. Retired Army Col. Don Williams, Wendell Lawrence and Brad Richardson will join seven other state and local leaders, including Transportation Secretary Joe Prather. "This team will play an integral role in accommodating the BRAC transformation tasks in Kentucky," Beshear said in a written statement. "We must be ready to address the specific needs this realignment will require."

Williams, who chairs the state Commission on Military Affairs, will serve as vice chair of the taskforce. Lawrence is the executive director of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, and Richardson oversees the North Hardin Economic Development authority and One Knox Policy Council. The latter is an agency under the auspice of Lincoln Trail that oversees development near Fort Knox related to BRAC. The financial investment from federal sources when BRAC is implemented fully is expected to become the largest single economic advancement in Kentucky's history, according to the governor's release. About 5,000 new military, government and civilian jobs are expected to be created. "If we do our jobs effectively and efficiently, this will be a tremendous revenue and cultural boon for Kentucky," he said.

Other taskforce members include John Hindman, secretary of the Economic Development Cabinet, Helen Mountjoy, secretary of the Education Cabinet, Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, the state's adjutant general, retired Brig. Gen. James E. Shane Jr., executive director of the state Military Affairs commission, C. Bruce Traughber, director of economic development for Louisville Metro, and Donald Henderson, a real estate developer and representative from Fort Campbell area.

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