WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) 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 (OLDCC) to help the local community prepare for the end of the chemical weapons destruction mission at the Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) 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.
“This grant award is an important step for Madison County to develop a roadmap for transitioning thousands of Kentuckians from employment at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) once the critical chemical demilitarization project is completed. I was happy to support and advocate for this grant through a letter of support to the Department of Defense,” said Congressman Barr. “These Kentuckians are performing an essential public service to keep our communities safe and this grant ensures that there is a strong economic plan prepared for the region so that thousands of Kentucky families are not left behind after the important BGCAPP mission is complete.”
“While I am thrilled that the chemical weapons destruction mission at the Blue Grass Army Depot is nearing completion, I know it is also important we help Madison County prepare for the eventual closure of the site. With today’s grant announcement, I am confident local authorities will have the resources necessary to successfully handle the transition,” said Senator McConnell. “For many years, the Blue Grass Army Depot has provided thousands of well-paying jobs and supported Madison County’s economy. Now, I look forward to those highly-trained employees contributing to Kentucky’s economy through new industries and opportunities.”
“Supporting economic development and job creation in Kentucky is one of my top priorities, and I’m glad to work with local officials and our Congressional delegation to secure this opportunity and continue my work on behalf of all Kentuckians,” said Senator Paul.