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Economic Impact of Langley and Wallops
 
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The economic impact of NASA on Virginia and the nation has been described as equivalent to that of an aircraft carrier.

Langley budget profile
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NASA Langley Budget Profile

It's big. Some 3,700 employees, a $759 million funded budget authority.

"NASA's operations in Virginia generate enormous economic benefits for its neighbors throughout the region, state, and nation," says the Wessex Group Ltd. of Williamsburg, which was retained by Langley to assess its economic impact.

Despite a slight decline from earlier years, NASA Langley Research Center has maintained a relatively flat budget for the last five years.

There are two NASA field Centers in Virginia, NASA Langley Research Center and Wallops Flight Facility. Wessex analyzed the impact of Langley and Wallops, and the following is a summary of both Langley alone as well as combined with Wallops to present an overall picture of impact on the U.S. and Virginia.

Economic Impact of Langley Alone
  • U.S.: $2 billion and 16,490 full-time jobs for research professionals, scientists, engineers and support personnel.
  • Of those total numbers, $919.7 million and 8,138 jobs are in Virginia.
  • $838.9 million and 7,615 jobs are in Hampton Roads.
The Combined Impact of Langley and Wallops
  • U.S.: $ 2.7 billion and 21,941 jobs.
  • Virginia: $1.15 billion and 10,295 jobs.
  • Hampton Roads: $838.9 million and 7,615 jobs.
A Varied Stimulus

Langley's facilities, situated on 788 acres, represent an investment in land, buildings and equipment of around $3.3 billion. And as Langley prepares for new missions and programs, infrastructure investments are generating more economic benefits. For example, Langley's future includes new, state-of-the-art, "green" buildings in its New Town to replace aging structures. Six buildings are planned over 15 years. They will include three laboratories, two office buildings and a joint-use facility. The first building, which will house administrative offices, is a $29 million investment in a three-story, 74,000-square-foot structure.

Langley funding, by state
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Langley Spending by State, FY09

Langley employed 3,700 people in FY09. About 1,900 were civil service employees and 1,800 were private-sector contractors on- or near-site, providing support to the Center.

Langley and Wallops provide stimulus to the economy in a variety of ways, according to Wessex.

"A major source of economic output is obtained from the procurements and expenditures made in support of NASA programs, including payroll, operating expenditures and construction outlays," Wessex says.

"A second source of economic output derives from the contractors hired and paid by NASA to assist it in the fulfillment of its mission."

"Third, because of its unique research facilities, NASA also brings many visitors and professionals from around the nation and world ... these professionals contract with NASA, for a fee, to use its facilities for projects unrelated to NASA's primary mission. These fees are respent by NASA further increasing its benefit to the area."

"And, while in Virginia and Hampton Roads, these contractors spend money in the immediate area for accommodations, food and transportation" which translates to additional economic benefit to the local economies.

NASA Langley's Top Obligations to Nonprofit and Educational Institutions
National Institute of Aerospace Assoc. .......................$ 20,764,780
City of Hampton, Va. ........................................................ 4,466,531
The Aerospace Corporation ............................................. 3,644,457
Morgan State University ................................................... 2,900,000
Old Dominion University Research Foundation .............. 2,684,888
Pennsylvania State University .......................................... 2,524,971
Georgia Tech Research Corp. .......................................... 1,438,691
Cal Poly Corp. ................................................................... 1,419,520
Virginia Tech ..................................................................... 1,317,633
Wheeling Jesuit University Inc. ........................................ 1,200,000
Virginia Air & Space Center .............................................. 861,000
University of Wisconsin System ...................................... 745,240
Harvard University ............................................................ 650,000
Institute of Advanced Learning & Research .................... 550,000
Sciencesouth Inc. ............................................................. 500,000
Newport News Waterworks ............................................. 484,999
University of Illinois .......................................................... 400,000
Middle Tennessee State University ................................. 400,000
Leland Stanford Junior University..................................... 383,768
National Youth Science Foundation.................................. 300,000


NASA Langley's Top Obligations to Business Contractors
Jacobs Technology ...................................................... $ 61,752,308
ATK Space Systems Inc. ................................................ 44,127,854
Science Systems & Applications Inc. ............................ 34,653,901
Northrop Grumman ........................................................ 32,989,496
Raytheon Technical Service Company .......................... 19,662,479
Science Applications Intl. Corp. .................................... 18,962,926
Tessada & Assoc. Inc. .................................................... 15,568,521
Dominion Power Company ............................................ 13,355,431
Lockheed Martin Government Services ........................ 11,780,807
The Boeing Company ..................................................... 11,716,478
Virginia Natural Gas Inc. ................................................. 11,271,116
Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. ........................... 10,491,810
Chugach Industries Inc. ................................................... 6,307,712
ASRC Management Services Inc. .................................... 5,892,090
Unisys Corp. ..................................................................... 5,208,310
Northrop Grumman System Corp. ................................... 4,590,384
Four Dimensional Leadership .......................................... 4,197,850
CSC Applied Technologies LLC ....................................... 3,331,777
Analytical Services & Mat Inc. ......................................... 2,947,922
Science & Technology Corp. ............................................ 2,276,423
Safety & Quality Assurance Alliance ............................... 2,155,492
Center For Systems Management Inc. ............................ 2,012,124
Alliant Techsystems Inc. ................................................... 1,869,476
Northwest Research Associates Inc. ............................... 1,804,121
Dresser-Rand Product Services .......................................1,631,411
 
 
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