Business organizations in Hardin County, Louisville and southern Indiana are pushing to lure more soldiers who are leaving the military to either move to the area or stay after being discharged from Fort Knox.
The groups founded the Where Opportunity Knox initiative aimed at creating a pipeline for veterans who are looking for a post-military place to live and work.
Retired Col. Walter Herd, who runs the soldier transition program at Fort Knox, said on Tuesday that soldiers look for available jobs as well as quality of life when deciding on a post-military home. Herd says the 26 counties around Fort Knox have much to offer.
The initiative is being managed by three regional chambers of commerce -- Greater Louisville Inc., the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and One Southern Indiana.