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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


Naval Air Station KingsvilleEstimated Contribution to the Texas Economy, 2015

At the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has analyzed the economic impact of Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville on the Texas economy. The Comptroller estimates that NAS Kingsville contributed $712.1 million to the Texas economy in 2015.

Data used in this analysis was provided by NAS Kingsville to the TMPC, which forwarded it to the Comptroller's Data Analysis staff. Exhibit 1 lists the data submitted by NAS Kingsville for the purposes of this analysis.

Exhibit 1
Data Provided by Naval Air Station Kingsville

  • Employment:
    • Active duty Navy and Marine Corps — 482
    • USN, USA, and National Guard reservists (10 full-time) — 182
    • Department of Navy civilian employees — 236
    • Non-appropriated fund civilian employees — 88
    • Contract employees — 514
  • Compensation:
    • Active duty and reserve military — $43,000,000
    • Civilian and contract employees — $93,000,000
  • Active duty dependents — 2,994
  • Base population — 1,502
  • FY 2015 operations — $12,400,000

Source: Naval Air Station Kingsville1

Comptroller Data Analysis staff applied data submitted by NAS Kingsville as inputs using the REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) model for the State of Texas to generate estimates of the installation's contributions to state-level employment, gross domestic product, output and disposable personal income (Exhibit 2). 2

Exhibit 2
Estimated Contributions of Naval Air Station Kingsville to the Texas Economy, 2015

Type Contribution
Total employment 3 4,545
Output 4 $712,109,000
Gross domestic product 5 $435,211,000
Disposable personal income 6 $288,656,000

Source: REMI Model for Texas

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recognizes that military installations impact the state economy in tangible ways that may be difficult to measure. Each installation's distinctive characteristics contribute to the Texas economy but, while instrumental to the state's economic growth, cannot always be quantified. Although the estimated contributions presented above provide a strong indicator of the economic importance of NAS Kingsville to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state.

  • 1Document emailed from Kevin Clarke, NAS Kingsville, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 11, 2016; email from Rodney Hafemeister, NAS Kingsville, to T.J. Costello, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, April 12, 2016.
  • 2Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2015; (2) included active duty and full-time Army National Guard; (3) dependents are directly related to NAS Kingsville; (4) Contractors provide professional services; (5) transportation spending excluded; and, (6) all economic impact is in 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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