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Nixon Announces Plan to Enhance Department of Defense Activities in MO

ST. ROBERT, Mo. – During a visit Friday to St. Robert, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he was creating the Missouri Military Partnership by executive order to protect, retain and enhance Department of Defense activities in the state.
ST. ROBERT, Mo. – During a visit Friday to St. Robert, Gov. Jay Nixon announced he was creating the Missouri Military Partnership by executive order to protect, retain and enhance Department of Defense activities in the state.

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel was appointed to lead the partnership, which will include gathering input from local communities.

Nixon cites the vital economic impact of the partnership, estimated at over $3 billon, and community impact of the bases, not only on military employment but on civilian support personnel, businesses, local schools and neighborhoods.

“Missouri’s military bases and service members are not only vital to this nation’s safety and security, they put billions of dollars into the state’s economy, create jobs, fuel local businesses and are essential parts of their local communities,” Gov. Nixon said in a statement.

Zweifel says he can see the military’s impact on the economy.

“As Treasurer I see firsthand the military’s impact on Missouri’s economy and look forward to creating long-term solutions that ensure our leaders in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. understand the important role our state plays in national security,” Treasurer Zweifel said in a statement. “There is no doubt we face a changing budgetary climate, but Missouri’s continued dedication to excellence and cost effectiveness must not be overlooked. I am committed to working with local and state officials, the business community and our military families to make sure Missouri’s invaluable advantages are recognized.”

Nixon said the state has helped fund an in-depth economic impact study of the impact ofMissouri National Guard, Whiteman Air Force Base, Fort Leonard Wood and all U.S. Department of Defense spending in Missouri.

According to the study, the Department of Defense spends about $14.9 billion annually in Missouri to operate all military installations, pay personnel, and purchase goods and services from private firms, including defense contractors. That spending support approximately 275,000 direct and indirect jobs and has a total direct and indirect economic impact of more than $39 billion.

The study shows that statewide the Missouri National Guard supports approximately 18,250 direct and indirect jobs, and its payroll, expenditures and indirect impact is more than $943 million. Whiteman supports about 10,850 direct and indirect jobs, and its payroll, expenditures and indirect economic impact is more than $600 million annually. Fort Leonard Wood supports more than 36,400 direct and indirect jobs, and its payroll, expenditures and indirect impact is more than $2 billion.

Gov. Nixon said his administration is committed to working closely with legislators from the affected communities, and that Missouri’s advantages include an outstanding workforce, low cost of living, low energy costs, low training costs, low land costs, expansion opportunities, existing infrastructure and low building costs.
The executive order directs the Missouri Military Partnership to prepare a report to Nixon by March 31 detailing the state’s collective strategy to protect, retain and enhance Missouri’s defense installations and their positive impacts.

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