Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors Invests in Regional Economic Growth

Published by: Jennifer Hetzel | Published on: 12 Jan, 2018
Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors Invests in Regional Economic Growth

F.H.A.A.R Executive Committee Pledges $30,000 to the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s 14 Forward Campaign; Campaign Passes $1.5 Million Mark 

PICTURED (left to right): Bill Kliewer (14 Forward), Michael DeHart, Barry Heidtbrink, Kandi Luensmann, Jared Foster (14 Forward), Clifton Franco, Barry Hinshaw, Dave Hall, Mark Price (14 Forward), Dr. Brad Buckley (14 Forward), Lennox Alfred 

The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and 14 Forward Volunteers Leaders announced today that they surpassed the $1.5 million mark in the capital campaign to fund the implementation of the 14 Forward 2018-2022 Economic Development Initiative thanks to a new investment from the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors (F.H.A.A.R.). To date, 41 investors have pledged $1,525,000 to the Initiative over five years.

“Economic Growth affects every facet of our lives, our businesses, and our community,” said 14 Forward Operations Committee Mark Price (Senior Pastor, Grace Christian Center). “The F.H.A.A.R Executive Committee clearly saw value in the 14 Forward plan and they have set a powerful example with this investment.”

“It was an easy decision for our organization,” said F.H.A.A.R Executive Director Michael DeHart. “Bottom line: economic growth = home sales…and don’t get me started about internet speed. It is time for the region’s business leaders to join together to tackle the challenges that inhibit growth – like bandwidth and industrial diversity. 14 Forward represents the perfect opportunity for us to turn those challenges into opportunities.”

F.H.A.A.R President David Hall stated, “Tomorrow's outcome for Central Texas depends on how we act today to create jobs; and creating jobs leads to a robust real estate market place. FHAAR’s membership is ready to provide world class service in helping new Central Texans find the perfect home.”

In late November, Campaign Co-Chairs Bill Kliewer (Managing Partner, BKCW) and Dr. Brad Buckley (Managing Partner, Killeen Veterinary Clinic) hosted more than 100 community leaders at Central Texas College to officially kick off the public campaign. At the Kickoff, 14 Forward had commitments of $1.2 million.

The 14 Forward Initiative is a private-sector driven supplement to the Greater Killeen Chamber’s economic development program of work. The 5-year plan is centered around three goals:

  • Goal 1: Grow Business and Investment
  • Goal 2: Promote Fort Hood
  • Goal 3: Strengthen Infrastructure to Improve Quality of Place
“We are incredibly pleased with the business community’s response to this effort,” 14 Forward Co-Chair Bill Kliewer noted. “Since the Kickoff, we prioritized the addition of new investors from businesses and organizations throughout the region. The F.H.A.A.R investment helps fortify the regional base of support for 14 Forward which has grown substantially since the Kickoff thanks to new investments from Texas Charity Bingo, Extraco Banks, Heights Lumber Supply, Perry Office Plus, the Carlson Law Firm, and many others.”

Atlanta-based POWER 10 Capital Campaign Operations will continue overseeing the fundraising effort and is confident the $2 million goal will be attained in early 2018. For more information about the 14 Forward initiative visit https://killeenchamber.com/14_forward