U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) announced today the Bluegrass Area Development District (ADD) will receive a $455,828 competitive federal grant from the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation to help the local community prepare for the end of the chemical weapons destruction mission at the Blue Grass Army Depot in 2023.
The chemical demilitarization mission employs nearly 1,450 highly-skilled, highly-paid workers at BGAD and has contributed more than $1 billion in local payroll since 2006. By preparing for the eventual conclusion of BGAD’s chemical weapons destruction mission, Bluegrass ADD’s Resiliency Plan will provide crucial support for the housing, retail, and commercial industries which have benefitted from the employment and local contracting opportunities created by the site. Leader McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Barr sent letters to the OLDCC advocating for this community’s competitive federal grant application.