New Report Highlights Economic Impact Of Mass. Defense Industry

Dec 19, 2015

Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of six military bases located in Massachusetts
Credit WAMC

A new report says Massachusetts military bases were responsible for 57,000 jobs and contributed $13 billion to the economy.

Governor Charlie Baker on Friday, the same day the report was released, highlighted the economic impact of the state’s military installations by touring the Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee.

"There is a lot of work that goes on here that would be hard to replicate anywhere else in the country and I think it is important we continue to press that case, " said Baker.

A second report Friday by the UMass Donahue Institute said defense-contract work by Massachusetts companies supported 88,000 jobs and contributed $20 billion to the economy in fiscal year 2013.