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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


Fort Bliss Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2017

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts analyzed the economic impact of Fort Bliss on the Texas economy at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC). The Comptroller estimates that population directly affiliated with Fort Bliss contributed at least $23.13 billion to the Texas economy in 2017.[1]

Fort Bliss 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 Fort Bliss.

Estimated Contribution of Fort Bliss to the Texas Economy, 2017
Metric Value
Total direct employment 48,298
Total employment [3] 136,395
Output [4] $23,128,450,000
Gross domestic product [5] $14,152,640,000
Disposable personal income [6] $8,678,556,000

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 Fort Bliss 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. Fort Bliss provided the following data, which were used for the analysis.

Fort Bliss

IMBL-PA, Building 15, Slater Road
Fort Bliss, Texas 79916
Description Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
Active Duty Army 29,575
Active Duty Navy & Marines 11
Active Duty Air Force 1,502
Active Duty Coast Guard 0
Active Duty National Guard 2,174
Civilian Personnel Appropriated 3,472
Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 4,840
Army Reserve 2,174
Navy Reserve 0
Air Force Reserve 0
Coast Guard Reserve 0
Part-time Civilian Personnel Appropriated 2
Part-time Civilian Personnel Non-Appropriated 430
Contractors, Total (staff) 2,423
Average Daily Student Load 1,695
Total Direct Employment 48,298

Other Populations
Description Number
Dependents 38,837
On-installation School Attendance 2,484
Off-installation School Attendance 7,425
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 David Johnson, Management and Program Analyst, Fort Bliss, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, Jan. 11, 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 Fort Bliss; (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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