Last week, Glenn Hegar wrapped up his Good for Texas Tour: Military Edition. Glenn was honored to meet with troops across 9 of Texas’ 15 military installations. Texas’ 15 installations generate $136.4 billion in economic activity, support more than 800,000 Texas jobs and $48 billion in personal income for our citizens. These installations are an important part of a strong, diverse and growing Texas economy. And Glenn understands that’s Good for Texas.
STOP #1: Fort Bliss
Glenn Hegar said in conclusion, Fort Bliss “is considered the Army’s flagship for home station training and an installation of highest military value. A significant employer in El Paso County, Fort Bliss is without question a major economic driver for the Upper Rio Grande Region. It directly contributes to the livelihood of at least one in five people in El Paso, and helps define the culture and ethos of the region.”
He goes on to say, “its impact isn’t limited to far west Texas. With its size and prominence, Fort Bliss is a boon to the state contributing at least $24.1 billion to the Texas economy.”
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STOP #2: Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base
FORT WORTH — State Comptroller Glenn Hegar was in Fort Worth on Monday, touting the economic impact of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, which he says contributes $6.6 billion to the economy last year.
“The economic impact is significant,” Hegar said during a news conference at the Fort Worth Club. “If you live right next to the naval base, you understand it. If you’re a little bit farther away in Fort Worth, you know it’s here but you probably don’t appreciate it.”
The comptroller’s office said the NAS Fort Worth provides 17,466 direct jobs and 47,256 jobs when adding indirect employment, such as someone who does business with the base. Lockheed Martin, which has 13,700 employees and a $1.4 billion payroll, is included in those numbers.
At NAS Fort Worth, there are 9,723 employees, including 5,957 National Guard and reserve personnel, 1,886 active duty and 1,880 civilians.
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STOP #3: Joint Base San Antonio
The military is a vital part of San Antonio’s economy, State Comptroller, Glenn Hegar, said Wednesday during a tour of local military installations.
Hegar said that Joint Base San Antonio installations contribute over $49 billion to the local economy and provide civilian jobs.
“The joint bases contribute here in San Antonio, Bexar County and the Alamo Region the equivalent of 283,000 jobs,” Hegar said during a news conference outside the gates of Fort Sam Houston.
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STOP #4: Fort Hood
$35.4 billion impact to Texas economy
Fort Hood Sentinel
STOPS #5, 6, & 7: Corpus Christi Army Depot, Naval Air Stations Corpus Christi and Kingsville
Naval bases vital to area and state’s economy
Corpus Christi Caller Times
According to a recent Comptroller study, the installations combined contribute about $5.3 billion to the state’s economy, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Monday during a visit and news conference at the Corpus Christi and Kingsville Naval Air Stations.
The visit was part of Hegar’s tour of Texas military bases, which will end July 14 after he visits Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo and Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.
“These numbers are significant. In Corpus Christi we have the training and that’s significant for our national defense,” Hegar said. “The men and women who have been fighting for our country for generations, their equipment was refurbished around here.”
NAS Corpus Christi contributes about $2.1 billion to the state’s economy and supports about 13,000 residents, which provides about $800 million in personal income, according to the study.
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STOP #8 & 9: Dyess and Goodfellow Air Force Bases
State comptroller touts Goodfellow, Dyess’ economic benefits
San Angelo Standard Times
Hegar, who oversees Texas’s money, said the economic impact bases like Dyess and Goodfellow have on their individual economies, along with on the state and the nation, is on such a grand scale that put the industry on par with creating economies all their own.
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