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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2017

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts analyzed the economic impact of Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base (Ellington Field) on the Texas economy at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC). The Comptroller estimates that population directly affiliated with Ellington Field contributed at least $1.17 billion to the Texas economy in 2017.[1]

Ellington Field provided the data used in this analysis to the TMPC. Starting with this information, the Comptroller's office collected additional data from each of the state’s 13 U.S. military installations using a survey designed to ensure consistency in determining the total direct and indirect contribution of the base’s populations to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income.[2] Below is the economic contribution derived from these data of the population associated with Ellington Field.

Estimated Contribution of Ellington Field to the Texas Economy, 2017
Metric Value
Total direct employment 1,473
Total employment [3] 7,878
Output [4] $1,169,867,000
Gross domestic product [5] $716,997,000
Disposable personal income [6] $647,800,000

Source: Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) - model for Texas

Although the estimated total contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of Ellington Field to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state. Each installation’s distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state’s economic growth, cannot always be precisely quantified. Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base provided the following data, which were used for the analysis.

Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base

14657 Sneider Street
Houston, TX 77034
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 51
Active Duty Navy & Marines 44
Active Duty Air Force 21
Active Duty Coast Guard 125
Active Duty National Guard 190
Civilian Personnel Appropriated 341
Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 58
Army Reserve 414
Navy Reserve 99
Air Force Reserve 89
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Appropriated 4
Part-time Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 0
Contractors, Total (staff) 37
Average Daily Student Load 0
Total Direct Employment 1,473

Other Populations
Description Number
Dependents 18,435
On-installation School Attendance 0
Off-installation School Attendance 2,315
Military retirees accessing station/base/post/camp facilities or resources
(e.g. hospitals, PXs, exchanges, etc.)

End Notes

  1. This study represents an analysis of the economic impact of the population and employees directly affiliated with the base. This includes active duty, visiting, and other military personnel, dependents, civilian employees and contractors directly affiliated with the base – as reported in documents emailed from Lt. Col. Shaunte Y. Cooper, Executive Officer-147th Attack Wing, Ellington Joint Reserve Base, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Feb. 23, 2018; and additional clarification interviews.
  2. Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2017; (2) input includes full-time, permanent employees and a full-time equivalent (FTE) for any part-time employees; (3) dependents are associated with Ellington Field; (4) all economic impact is within Texas.
  3. Total employment” refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  4. “Output” refers to the total value of all goods and services (both final and intermediate) produced in Texas.
  5. “Gross domestic product” refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  6. “Disposable personal income” refers to post-income-tax income.

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