Regional Economic Impact Analysis

Posted on December 15, 2016

Regional Economic Impact Analysis of Personnel
Reductions at Fort Riley Report Completed for the
Flint Hills Regional Council

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Gary Stith AICP, Director
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December 15, 2016 - After a nine-month process consisting of extensive stakeholder
engagement and thorough analysis of the regional economy, the Matrix Design Group/Hexad
Analytics team has completed the “Community Impacts Associated with Army Personnel
Reductions (CIAR) at Fort Riley Report.” The Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) received a
grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to study
the economic impacts of the reduction of 2,345 personnel between 2014 and 2017 on Fort Riley
and the surrounding region.

The study area consists of five counties and eight municipalities: Riley, Geary, Pottawatomie,
Clay, and Dickinson counties; Chapman, Clay Center, Junction City, Manhattan, Ogden, Riley,
Wakefield, and Wamego. The analysis considers the impacts of these losses in isolation over a
five-year period, independent of other changes in the economy, assuming the installation is fully
manned. The analysis also simulated potential impacts if further personnel reductions were to
occur at Fort Riley, though none are currently planned.

The analysis estimates that the defense economy throughout the study area prior to the
drawdown accounted for $4.5 billion annually roughly 45% of the region’s total economy. The
impact of the loss of 2,345 personnel and their families is impacting the regionally economy
approximately $580 million through fiscal year (FY) 2019. The report makes 11 recommendations for leveraging the economy of Fort Riley and the region to strengthen the area’s economy and improve its position to grow in the future.

These recommendations include working together as a region and retaining soldiers separating
from Fort Riley to expand the region’s workforce. Each jurisdiction in the study area is impacted
differently, so the data collected through this analysis is broken down by jurisdiction.
The full report can be found at and at the Flint Hills Regional Council