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Economic Impact

Nationally in 2021, NASA’s missions led to $71.2 billion in annual spending and created more than 339,000 jobs. NASA invests more than $442 million in small businesses, $105 million in women-owned businesses, $67 million in non-profit organizations and universities, $64 million in small and disadvantaged businesses, $34 million to veteran-owned businesses, and $58 million to minority-owned businesses.

In the state of Texas NASA directly employs nearly 11,800 contract and civil service employees with a total state expenditure of more than $2.5 billion annually. NASA’s overall operations in Texas help maintain more than 40,000 jobs, generate more than $9.2 billion in economic output, and lead to an investment of more than $150 million in climate change activities.

Regional Partners

The role that NASA plays in the state of Texas has led to industry innovation and new and exciting companies creating jobs in Texas. Outside of the space industry, NASA’s reputation for innovation and excellence have helped to attract other forward-looking companies to the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Visit some of our partners in Texas to see their work.

Bay Area Houston

Greater Houston Partnership

Houston Airport Systems

Houston Spaceport

The Cannon

Ion District