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Economic Impact of JBSA over $41B and Growing

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott announced the results of a study completed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) analyzing the impact on the state’s economy of the various U.S. military installations within Texas. The Comptroller estimates these military installations contributed at least $123.6 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported more than 630,000 jobs in communities across the state. This is a 22% increase statewide to the numbers estimated in 2018. The Comptroller’s study represents an analysis of the economic impact of the population and employees directly affiliated with the military installations in Texas. This includes active duty, visiting and other military personnel, dependents, civilian employees, and contractors directly affiliated with the base.

“Texas is the proud home to 15 military installations and the U.S. Army Futures Command,” said Governor Abbott. “Not only are these military installations critical for the defense of our nation, they support more than 630,000 jobs in communities across this great state and are a key driver of the Texas economy. Now more than ever, these jobs add critical stability for communities focused on economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why I will continue to work with the Texas Legislature and TMPC to ensure that military installations in Texas keep adding unmatched value for our nation.”

“The military installations in Texas are a vital contribution to our strategic national defense and provide a significant economic impact on the entire state economy,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. “In most cases these bases and the men and women who work there are the lifeblood of their communities – supporting local businesses, buying homes and creating the fabric of their neighborhoods. But the economic impact can be felt by every Texan and supports jobs in a wide variety of industries and sectors of the state economy. I applaud the Governor’s efforts to ensure continued support for these important installations.”

In addition to being the largest Joint Base in the Department of Defense, Joint Base San Antonio continues to lead the state’s other 14 installations with an economic output of $41B and direct and indirect jobs more than 210,998. Our installations have seen an increase from the 2018 results from $30B to the State and $13B to the local economy. This growth represents a combined team effort of advocating for current missions as well as promoting future missions to come to Military City USA.

Your Chamber of Commerce continues to support policies and legislation, as well as vital networking and behind the scenes discussions to ensure our military missions remain a strong economic driver in our region. “Our Service Members are vital community partners that live, work, and play in the Alamo area,” says Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership  Development for the Chamber, who also sits as Vice Chair for the Governor’s Committee to Support the Military. “Additionally, these military missions bring partnership opportunities to our community and industry, a diverse and talented military spouse population, a talented transitioning workforce, and a future generation of military children who will come to love our great city for the support it provides to them. The economic success of San Antonio can be directly attributed in part to our growing and sustaining our treasured military missions.”

For the complete report of the Economic Impact on the Texas Economy by our Military Installations statewide, click here. For more information on the Chamber’s Military Affairs initiatives, email Lori Stinson at lstinson@sachamber.org.

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