Matrix Design Group held a kickoff meeting last week to launch a study of the economic impact of cutbacks in personnel at Fort Riley on the Flint Hills region in northeastern Kansas.
The study, funded through a grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, will assess the impact of:
- a recent reduction of 2,093 personnel; and
- a potential reduction of 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 personnel in the future.
The study will focus on the impact of potential reductions on the workforce, housing, schools and retail services.
The cutbacks at Fort Riley have come as the Army sheds 120,000 soldiers from its active-duty end strength, an effort which began in fiscal 2013. It now is on course to reach a force of 450,000 by the end of FY 2018.
The military population at Fort Riley peaked at almost 18,000 but now is in the process of coming down. The most recent round of Army restructuring eliminated 615 personnel at the post, bringing its current population to about 16,000, reported KSAL. Its population stood at about 9,000 in FY 2001.
Matrix is scheduled to deliver a report of its findings by November.