Louisiana to Invest $25M to Address Growth at Ft. Polk
The state of Louisiana will spend $25.2 million over the next three years to improve infrastructure surrounding Fort Polk in an effort to leverage growth coming to the post as a result of its expansion by 100,000 acres.
The investment will provide the necessary infrastructure so that central Louisiana can benefit from the installation’s expansion as well as attract more units to Polk, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said last week.
“This is the kind of investment that will benefit not only the men and women who train here to defend our freedom, but also help grow the economy of the Central Louisiana region in a big way,” Jindal said. The expansion could bring an additional 2,000 jobs to the area, he said.
A DOD analysis concluded that housing, retail and quality of life are the amenities needed most at Polk to allow it to expand, according to a written statement from the governor. Several developers are interested in the expansion, which will aggressively promote off-post housing.
The state’s $25 million investment, which will include federal Community Development Block Grant funds, will occur in phases with the first phase taking about 18 months, and the second taking approximately two-and-a-half years. Projects will include sewer and water lines, and a new road. Separately, the Army plans to spend more than $638 million in Fort Polk improvements through 2012.