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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

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Red River Army DepotEstimated 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 Red River Army Depot on the Texas economy. The Comptroller estimates that Red River Army Depot contributed $2.1 billion to the Texas economy in 2015.

Data used in this analysis was provided by Red River Army Depot to the TMPC, which forwarded it to the Comptroller’s Data Analysis staff. Red River Army Depot also submitted additional data directly to Comptroller staff, at their request, for clarification. Exhibit 1 lists the data submitted by Red River Army Depot for the purposes of this analysis.

Exhibit 1
Data Provided by Red River Army Depot

Data submitted to Texas Military Preparedness Commission:

  • Total employees (including 7 active duty Army and 11 activated reserve/National Guard — 5,460
  • FY 15 and FY 16 payroll — $569,800,000
  • FY 15 and FY 16 contracts for construction, supplies and services — $946,200,000

Data submitted to Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts:

  • Employees:
    • All — 5,394
    • Permanent — 1,689
    • Temp/Term — 922
    • Military — 10
    • Contractors — 1,435
    • Tenants — 1,338

Education Impact Aid 1 — $17,404

Source: Red River Army Depot 2

Comptroller Data Analysis staff applied data submitted by Red River Army Depot 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). 3

Exhibit 2
Estimated Contributions of Red River Army Depot to the Texas Economy, 2015

Type Contribution
Total employment 4 16,936
Output 5 $2,133,067,000
Gross domestic product 6 $1,308,481,000
Disposable personal income 7 $898,101,000

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 Red River Army Depot to Texas, the Comptroller acknowledges there is potential for additional positive economic impact to the state.


  • 1Education Impact Aid data was provided by Marilyn Hall, Texas Education Agency, February 16, 2016.
  • 2Document emailed from Marshal L. McKellar, Red River Army Depot, to Alexandra Taylor, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, February 9, 2016; emails from Adrienne Brown, Red River Army Depot, to Joyce Jauer, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, April 5, 2016 and May 3, 2016.
  • 3Estimate inputs and assumptions include the following: (1) all data submitted is for 2015; (2) Contractors are standard support; (3) tenants considered maintenance field; (4) expenditures are half the total submitted for fiscal years 2015 and 2016; and (5) all economic impact is in Texas.
  • 4"Total employment" refers to both direct and indirect employment.
  • 5"Output" refers to the total value of all goods and services (both final and intermediate) produced in Texas.
  • 6"Gross domestic product" refers to the total value of all final goods and services produced in Texas.
  • 7"Disposable personal income" refers to post-income-tax income.

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