Thursday, February 3, 2011

Good News About the Region - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB

Information provided by David McDonald Author of "Saving America's Cities"

Wright Patterson AFB is an outstanding addition to the Dayton Region. The base traces its origin directly to the Wright Brothers’ pioneering flights in 1904 and 1905 at the Huffman Prairie Flying Field located in the middle of the installation. Wright-Patterson is one of the largest, most diverse, and organizationally complex bases in the Air Force. Its missions range from acquisition and logistics management, to research and development, education, flight operations and an assortment of other defense and non-defense activities.

Wright-Patterson has approximately 26,000 employees and is in the process of adding approximately 1,000 new employees due to the base realignment and closure program.
They are also replacing approximately 700 to 1,000 retirees annually - most of whom will stay in the area (There are approximately 20,000 military retirees in the Dayton Region). Effectively then, WPAFB hires approximately 2,000 new employees annually(1,000 to 1,200 new and 700 to 1,000 replacements with a high percentage of the retiring service members remaining in the Dayton Region). WPAFB is the largest single-site employer in the region, occupying approximately 8,000 acres. Their importance as an incubator of new hi-tech businesses is beyond measure. The physical plant on Wright-Patterson consists of in excess of 16.5 million square feet. The total economic impact on the Dayton Region is in excess of $4.5B. The payroll of military and government civilian employees is in excess of $1.7B. The non-payroll expenditures were $1.7B. The indirect jobs supported by the base are estimated to be above 30K (restaurants, dry cleaners, etc.). Even though military and civilian retirement disbursements are not considered a part of total economic impact due to regulations, the annual disbursement of military and civilian retiree benefits in late 2007 was approximately $754M.

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