study of military claims billion-dollar blast
installations in Miami-Dade inject about $1 billion in the local economy
and are responsible for some $145.6 million in expenditures, economists
announcement was made by the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's economic
development arm, and its Military Affairs Council.
Military Affairs Council group made up of representatives of
the Greater Miami, South Dade, Homestead and Florida City chambers
of commerce got a grant of about $135,000 from Enterprise Florida,
the state's economic development agency, for an impact study on the
military's influence on local economy.
findings released last week, said John Cordrey, Beacon Council vice
president of research & strategic planning, were based on surveys
sent to most of Miami's military installations. Those include Homestead
Air Reserve Station, the Coast Guard a V.A. hospital and the Southern
Command - a Pentagon military station.
didn't get a 100% response," Mr. Cordrey said. "We feel
the numbers are a little understated."
said the findings are preliminary.
findings, he said, came as a surprise. For example, the V.A. hospital
is a major economic driver in this community, accounting for 20% of
all defense-related jobs here, Mr. Cordrey said.
said researchers also found that the military has 5,866 full-time
personnel here and 1,755 reserve personnel.
annual impact of visitors coming into the county for military purposes
translates into 78,486 room-nights and $8,586,650 in expenditures.
gives a little economic understanding of the importance of the defense
industry in our community," Mr. Cordrey said. "Now we ask
ourselves what we need to do to keep and expand these major defense
type operations that are here."
report also included Broward County in some figures, he said. Researchers
found that the military supports more than 19,660 jobs in the public
and private sector for both counties.
military impact announcement also comes just days after Lt. Gen. Peter
Pace was named commander-in-chief of the Southern Command.
June, a task force was set up by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
to help the US Southern Command buy its 28.5-acre headquarters at
3511 NW 91st Ave., from which it oversees operations in Latin America
and the Caribbean.
to Philip Blumberg, chamber president and CEO of American Ventures
Corp., the purchase of the property which is now being rented
will ensure that Southern Command remains in the area.
asked a senior level task force led by Ramiro Ortiz to begin an intensive
program over the summer to secure funding in Congress for the acquisition
of the property," Mr. Blumberg said, "in order to ensure
its permanent residence in Miami."
Ortiz, task force chairman and president of SunTrust Miami, said the
main purpose of the task force was to get support for the issue on
both the local and state levels.
it's up to the US Department of Defense to put $40 million aside in
their budget to purchase South Com," Mr. Ortiz said. "They
were reluctant to put it in their budget because they felt there wasn't
enough support. Now they feel they have it."
Ortiz was not sure when Congress would make a decision on the purchase
of Southern Command's headquarters.