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How NASA Glenn Improves Life in Ohio
03.05.09
 
You know that NASA explores the universe and makes scientific discoveries. You've watched shuttles launch, seen beautiful images from the Hubble Space Telescope and read about exciting discoveries on Mars. These accomplishments inspire us to think more deeply about the meaning of our existence and to look forward to the future.

Employee and partnerGlenn engineer Vivake Asnani, right, and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's Dave Glemming pose with a new airless tire for lunar vehicles. Credit: NASA But have you ever thought about how NASA affects people's everyday lives right here and now in Ohio? NASA's Glenn Research Center wanted to know exactly how it impacts Ohio's economy by creating jobs, awarding grants and purchasing goods and services, so it commissioned a study by Cleveland State University.

Here's what the study said about Glenn's economic impact in 2007:

Approximately $1 billion in sales

Glenn stimulates the economy by creating a demand for goods and services that ripples across the state. In order to achieve its goals, the center must purchase goods, such as supplies and utilities, and services, like construction and technical support. To provide those goods and services, companies create new jobs, and the employees who fill those positions spend more money on items ranging from food and shelter to arts and entertainment. Add it all up, and Glenn created a $1.2 billion increase in sales across Ohio in 2007.

More than 8,000 new jobs

Glenn employed nearly 1,672 civil servants, and approximately 1,755 contractors also worked at the federal center in 2007. But that's not all. Remember, Glenn purchases goods and services from companies all over the state -- and those companies must hire employees to fulfill Glenn's needs. When all of these people spend money, they in turn create new jobs. All in all, the center created 8,051 new jobs in Ohio in 2007 alone.

$401.6 million household earnings increase in 2007

Students performing an experiment.Students learn about space technology while participating in a NASA-funded educational program. Credit: NASA New jobs often mean bigger paychecks. People who work for Glenn and the companies that support Glenn pay taxes to the state and local governments. These taxes help pay for schools, roads and public services for all of Ohio's citizens.

More than $10 million awarded to academic institutions

Glenn funds research and other educational activities at institutions across the country. In 2007, Ohio colleges and universities received the largest share of those funds -- $10.4 million. The University of Toledo, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State Universities received the largest share of this money.

$64.1 million invested in small high-tech firms

NASA provides grants to small businesses that develop and commercialize our technology. Since the agency launched its small business program in 1983, NASA has invested more than $64.1 million in Ohio's small companies. In 2008, NASA invested more than $5 million in a total of 15 small high-tech companies, including two minority and four women-owned businesses in the state of Ohio. (Source: Glenn's Technology Transfer and Partnerships Office)

> 2007 Economic Impact Study (pdf)

shuttle on launch pad at night Ohio Companies Help NASA Explore Space

Did you know that 52 companies across Ohio supply materials or services to the Space Shuttle Program? As it prepares to retire the shuttle in 2010, NASA already has built partnerships with Ohio companies, such as Akron's Goodyear Tire and Motor Company and Cleveland's Parker-Hannifin, to develop new technologies for future missions to the moon and beyond. Dozens of Ohio companies are supporting the upcoming test launch of Ares I, a rocket that will carry astronauts to the moon.

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Jan Wittry (SGT, Inc.)