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Maryland’s Military Installations Bring $52 Billion to the State’s Economy with Over 350,000 Jobs

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Brig. Gen. Michael Hayes, USMC, Retired, hosts the Maryland Military Installation Council at the Fort Meade Conference Center, with nearly 125 in attendance. The economic impact study was released at this event.


The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) tasked the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) of Towson University with estimating the economic impacts of Maryland’s Military Installations on the state’s economy based on base-specific payroll, procurement, visitor, and other spending.

The study analyzed federal FY2012 data and drew benchmark comparisons to the previous economic impact study released in 2010 using FY 2008 data.  The pre-BRAC and post-BRAC analysis demonstrates continued growth within the defense sector.  During that four-year period, the economic impact on the State increased from $36B to $52B and added 82,000 jobs to Maryland’s economy.

RESI estimated the fiscal year 2012 (FY 2012) economic impacts of 15 military installations in Maryland. The list of installations included in the analysis is as follows:

  • Joint Base Andrews supports 26,955 jobs, generates $2.3 billion in total output and $1.1 billion in total wages
  • Aberdeen Proving Ground supports 46,583 jobs, generates $6.2 billion in total output and $3.1 billion in total wages.
  • Fort Detrick supports 36,782 jobs, generates $7.0 billion in total output and $2.7 billion in total wages.
  • Fort George G. Meade supports 144,377 jobs, generates $22.3 billion in total output and $11.5 billion in total wages.
  • National Maritime Intelligence Center supports 4.066 jobs, generates $860.7 million in total output and $338.2 million in total wages.
  • Naval Support Activity—Bethesda supports 20,336 jobs, generates $1.5 billion in total output and $728.4 million in total wages.
  • Patuxent River Naval Air Station supports 36,956 jobs, generates $7.5 billion in total output and $2.4 bilin in total wages.
  • Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard supports 3.067 jobs, generates $298.9 million in total output and $147.4 million in total wages.
  • Maryland National Guard supports 3,509 jobs, generates $516.0 million in total output and $231.9 million in total wages
  • Naval Research Lab—Chesapeake Bay supports 83 jobs, generates $11.6 million in total output and $5.1 million in total wages.
  • Naval Support Activity—Annapolis supports 12,850 jobs, generates $1.4 billion in total output and $687.1 million in total wages.
  • Naval Support Warfare Center—Carderock Division supports 2,815 jobs, generates $436.0 million in total output and $251.1 million in total wages.
  • Naval Support Warfare Center—Indian Head supports 4,951 jobs, generates $544.7 million in total output and $313.9 million in total wages.
  • Army Research Laboratory—Adelphi supports 3,230 jobs, generates $299.9 million in total output and $161.7 million in total wages
  • Army Corps of Engineers—Baltimore supports 3,861 jobs, generates $548.9 million in total output and $248.7 million in total wages.

The fifteen installations   that RESI analyzed support 350,411 jobs and generate $51.8 billion in total output and $23.9 billion in total wages.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Maryland’s total output was nearly $336.5 billion in 2012.  At $51.8 billion, 15 percent of the state’s total output can be attributed to the military installations.

To see the complete study, go to DBED’s website at www.business.maryland.gov.

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