Posted on January 18, 2016
Media Contact: Jennifer Jordan, Regional Planning Manager
Email: Jennifer@FlintHillsRegion.org / Phone: (855) 785-3472
The Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) has received a $294,653 grant from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment to study the economic impact of past Fort Riley troop reductions. These reductions have resulted in a total loss of 2,093 personnel over the past few years.
The purpose of the grant is to understand the community economic impacts and to prepare a response to these impacts. FHRC will produce a Community Economic Impact Analysis to assess the direct and ancillary impacts to all elements that affects the social and economic structure of the region. This will take a broad look at the impact on the economy such as retail business, housing, schools, and jobs.
Fort Riley, KS is located within the Flint Hills Region. Manhattan or Junction City could have applied for the grant separately, but the two cities decided to take a regional approach to the study allowing the FHRC to serve as the grantee for the planning effort. Jennifer Jordan, Regional Planning Manager, will be in charge of managing grant funds. This is a 100% grant requiring no local matching funds.
FHRC Director Gary Stith said, “Once the evaluation is complete, the Council can apply for additional funds to implement the consultant’s recommendations.”
This grant will help the region better understand the economic affects Fort Riley has on the surrounding communities in the Flint Hills.