Public meeting on Fort Polk assessment set Friday in DeRidder - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Public meeting on Fort Polk assessment today in DeRidder

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Soldiers training at Fort Polk (Source: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) Soldiers training at Fort Polk (Source: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System)
DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) -

A public meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 8 for local leaders and residents to discuss the proposed Army Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Fort Polk, a recent assessment by the U.S. Army concerning a possible troop reduction of about 5,300 soldiers and Army civilians at the Vernon Parish installation.

The meeting will take place at the War Memorial Civic Center at 250 W. 7th Street in DeRidder.

Mike Reese, president of Fort Polk Progress, will give a presentation on the recent assessment.

Officials have said that such a reduction of force at Fort Polk would have a tremendous negative impact on the economy of Vernon and Beauregard parishes as well as the entire region.

The public, as well as the business community, is urged to attend.

Organizers say the event is part of a regional collaboration between parishes and elected officials supporting Fort Polk, its soldiers and quality of life issues.

For more information on the meeting, contact Avon Knowlton, SWLA Economic Development Alliance Director of Member and Investor Services, at (337) 433-3632, ext. 215 or 496-5064 or by e-mail at aknowlton@allianceswla.org.

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