Coryell County Economic Development Board approves funds for joint rail use study

Coryell County Texas / December 11th 2017 – The Coryell County Economic Development Board (“CCEDB”) unanimously voted to allocate fifteen thousand dollars to Coryell County in order to fund a feasibility study for a joint civilian/military use multi-modal truck/rail cargo transfer facility at their December meeting.  The goal of the study is to identify ways that Fort Hood and the neighboring communities can work together cooperatively to encourage compatible growth and help ensure the long-term viability of sustainability of Fort Hood.  Funds approved by the CCEDB will be combined with matching funds approved by the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation to meet the funding requirements of the study.

“Just as the Joint Fort Hood Killeen Regional Airport has been a great benefit supporting Fort Hood’s mission as well as the local civilian community, a Joint Civilian/Military Use Multi-Modal Truck/Rail Facility will have a significant benefit supporting both Fort Hood’s mission requirements as well as expanding local civilian economic opportunities.   An expanded transportation facility capability on Fort Hood adjacent to I-14 and State Highway 9 between Copperas Cove and Killeen will provide expanded support with both military and civilian components for the entire Fort Hood area.   The proposed Feasibility Study will provide data and alternative options as the basis for future considerations and decisions.” Said Coryell County Judge John Firth.

Eric Kietzer President of the CCEDB said, “Opportunities like this are very rare! The board has worked hard to create relationships throughout the county and surrounding counties. It’s great to see results.”


About The Coryell County Economic Development Board: The CCEDB is responsible for stimulating and enhancing Coryell County’s long-term prosperity and quality of life through proactively promoting economic development and improvements of all business conditions including industrial and commercial development, tourism, job creation while coordinating with public / private organizations including the United States military through Fort Hood, Texas and local governments of Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Evant and Turnersville.