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Economic Impact of Fort Polk
The 2012 Fort Polk economic impact statement details $1.86 billion in spending at the installation. Of that total, $980 million is payroll, making Fort Polk the largest non-state government employer in the state.
Over the past few years significant state and local investments have also been made into Fort Polk, often at the request of the Department of the Army.
For example, England Airpark/Alexandria International Airport (AEX) has invested approximately $141 million in non-DOD funds to improve aviation at the Ft. Polk APOE with another $28 million in non-DOD funds expected to be invested over the next two years.
The State of Louisiana also:
- committed to constructing a four lane highway between Fort Polk and AEX for deployment and training purposes. Twenty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later this project is nearing completion.
-created a position for a director of federal programs
-created the Louisiana Military Affairs Council.
-funded in the amount of $25.2 million the installation of sewer and water lines along a parkway leading into Fort Polk.
-invested an additional $15.1 million to resurface U.S. Hwy 171, a major thoroughfare to Fort Polk
-invested $760,000 to improve La. 184 from Fort Polk to its junction with La. 8.
-installed new traffic signals in communities surrounding the base to help improve traffic flow
-funded a transportation study, at a cost of $500,000, to examine possible solutions to remedy congestion
-matched funds in the amount of $1 million to round out the development along La. 467 where a new V.A. clinic, the Central Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery and Northwestern State University are located, to include a new South Polk Elementary school that will serve more than 800 military family children.
Click on the PDF below for more details about Fort Polk's economic impact on the region.
After 25 years of total service, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Williams retired from the US Army in 2011. His career concluded at Fort Polk as the Chief of Staff of JRTC and Ft. Polk and the Installation Command Inspector General. He is currently employed by Cubic Applications as an instructor at the Joint Readiness Training Center’s Leader Training Program. He is currently the Chairman for the Military Affairs Committee for the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce a life member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and five Meritorious Service Medals.