On July 9, 2015, the Army announced force structure reductions at Fort Riley, Kansas. This reduction, when combined with earlier force reductions resulted in a total loss of 2,093 personnel. The regional impact to the communities surrounding Fort Riley as a result of that reduction needs to be analyzed and understood in order to implement strategies to mitigate these impacts
The primary goal of this project is to adequately understand the potential economic impact to the region associated with these personnel reductions. This will be accomplished by conducting an assessment of the direct and ancillary impacts to all critical elements of the social and economic fabric of the region.
The Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC) secured a $294,653 grant through the U.S. Department of Defense to perform the economic impact analysis. Because the FHRC serves the municipalities and counties surrounding Fort Riley, the FHRC is administering the grant and managing the project. A Request For Proposals (RFP) was issued in December 2015 and the Matrix Design Group was brought on board in March 2016 to conduct the analysis.
The project website is located at: www.flinthillsciar.com