Between 80,000 and 90,000 military personnel and civilians are educated here every year through the command’s multiple missions: the U.S. Army Engineer School, the Military Police School and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School. The Fort is also host to the Army’s largest Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, and home to all of Department of Defense truck driver training. A large international student detachment brings soldiers from more than 120 different countries to the region. First opened in 1940, the Fort has seen its missions and capabilities broaden through multiple Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions, which have included the designation of the Fort as home to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, which in turn has resulted in critical research expenditures at the associated Leonard Wood Institute for projects such as improved detection of IED (improvised explosive devices). In addition to compelling opportunity for defense-related sectors, the Fort generates $2 Billion in economic impact to the region, and adds critical quality to the workforce through retirees and spouses.
Excellent economic climate: Business and industry thrive here through the Missouri combination most conducive to growth: Low taxes, low utility costs, low costs of doing business plus a pro-business mindset and high-value incentives. Do the math and you’ll see—Phelps County is the right solution.