Topeka, KS – A new report puts the total economic impact from the military in Kansas at nearly $8 billion. The Governor's Military Council released the report. It says nearly 170,000 jobs in 2006 were driven by military installations in the state and defense contracts awarded in Kansas. John Armbrust is director of the Governor's Military Council. Armbrust says the impact in Kansas has likely grown in recent years because of more military presence in the state.
John Armbrust: "It's a result of both global repositioning bringing troops back from Europe and Korea as well as closures, resulting in installations like some of ours actually having growth."
The report claims nearly one in ten Kansas jobs in 2006 was directly or indirectly attributed to military activities.