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Fort Drum releases details of economic impact on New York


Fiscal year 2013 marked significant investment by Fort Drum in northern New York’s economy.
A detailed review of Fort Drum’s economic impact on the tri-county area over the last fiscal year shows more than $1.4 billion was leveraged in support of the more than 37,000 Soldiers and Family Members living here. Since fiscal year 1988, this Army installation has infused more than $19.7 billion into the local economy.
“Our second-to-none training opportunities, family support ser-vices and unparalleled community support are the drivers to the 10th Mountain’s continued mission success here at Fort Drum,” said Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, Fort Drum garrison commander.
“The continued dedication of our Civilian workforce, along with the patriotism of our surrounding communities, allows Fort Drum to be more than a training and deployment facility for the 10th Mountain Division, various (National) Guard and Reserve units and joint operations,” Rosenberg added. “It is our home.”
Fort Drum is the largest employer in northern New York with 18,000 Soldiers and nearly 3,900 Civilian workers (including contractors) with payrolls totaling $937.5 million and $176.4 million respectively.
Retirees from all military branches who live in the 136XX zip code number 2,615. Collectively, they receive more than $4.3 million a month (more than $52.2 million a year), which flows into the local economy.
The total military, civilian, contractor and retiree payroll for FY13 was more than $1.16 trillion.
In addition, Fort Drum generated more than $48.6 million in federal impact aid for area school districts during the last fiscal year.
Finally, Fort Drum is a major customer for construction companies and suppliers of goods and services worth more than $32.4 million.
Companies in the tri-county area received 62 of those contracts worth $2.6 million.
The Economic Impact Statement is available at http://www.drum.army.mil/SiteCollectionDocuments/FY13EIB.pdf.

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