For Immediate Release
July 2, 2014
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Highlights Economic Impact of Texas Military Installations
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today a new web portal that will provide information on the economic impact of military installations in the state.
The portal, located at www.TheTexasEconomy.org/military, will highlight the many ways the state and local communities support military activities and families, as well as examples of how military activities in Texas spur economic development and innovation.
"As chair of the Texas Commander's Council, I applaud Comptroller Combs for her continued support of military forces in Texas and believe this new website will be a valuable asset to showcase the positive and supportive relationship between Texas military installations, the state and local communities," said Colonel Matthew Elledge, Garrison Commander of Fort Hood.
According to the Comptroller's analysis, Texas military installations:
- Provide an economic impact of nearly $150 billion to the Texas economy.
- Account for 6 percent of the state's economic activities.
- Employ more than 255,000 military and defense-related civilian personnel.
"Military installations in Texas provide critical training, healthcare and support services for all of the U.S. Armed Forces," Combs said. "As home to the second largest population of active duty military and more military retirees than any other state, Texas communities support and benefit from the services and industries that assist our military activities and families."
Texas bases and local communities provide great military value to our nation's armed services. For example, approximately half of the pilots in the U.S. Navy are trained at Naval Air Station Kingsville and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
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