January 31, 2007

Understanding the Impact: Closing Naval Air Station Brunswick

The REMI Policy Insight model helped the Maine State Planning Office assess the ripple effects of a naval air base shut down on the region around Naval Air Station Brunswick. Modest, but steady economic and population growth happens if the state leaves the air station open for business, while a base closure will result in the relocation of around 2,700 active-duty military positions and roughly 700 civilian jobs. State output stands to drop by $370 million to $390 million if the base closes, which actually corresponds to less than 1% of forecasted Maine Gross State Product.

Maine State Planning Office – Closing Base at Fort Brunswick [full PDF]