RAFB economic impact remained at $2.9 billion in 2013

Staff reportMarch 21, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Robins Air Force Base contributed nearly $2.9 billion to Georgia’s economy in fiscal 2013, according to an economic impact statement released Friday.

That’s about the same amount it brought in in fiscal 2012, according to a news release.

Contributing to the $2.9 billion impact is about $1.1 billion in local jobs creation, $1.39 billion in civilian and military payroll and $363 million in construction contracts and procurement, according to the statement.

The net payroll is down from $1.41 billion in 2012.

Total employment, including military, federal government civilians and contracted employees is about 23,000.

Some changes include the annual value of indirect jobs, which is $1.1 billion, compared to $1.2 billion in 2012.

However, base expenditures in Georgia are up considerably, from $245 million in 2012 to $363 million in 2013.

The largest contractor at the base is Boeing at $1.6 billion, followed by Lockheed Martin at $757 million and Northrop Grumman at $741 million.

The base gave $1.4 million in impact funds to the Houston County School System to make up for the fact that it doesn’t pay property taxes.

The total economic impact is calculated for a 50-mile radius of the base, according to the statement.

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