1. Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

    Westover Air Reserve Base pumps $212M into economy, construction projects boost impact

    Construction at Westover Air Reserve Base boosted its economic impact on the community by $15 million for the last fiscal year, but the overall budget still has not rebounded since a series of Department of Defense cuts that started in 2012. Westover poured $212 million into the community during the 2017 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, a gain of $15 million from the previous year's $197.2 million.

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    1. We dropped last year and the comeback this year was driven by new construction. We have a 77-year-old base that needs updating and this demonstrates that.
    2. The $15 million increase speaks to Westover's continued economic influence in the Pioneer Valley.
    3. Around 2012 and 2013 sequestration began and then there was the reduction in the airplanes and in 2014 we lost positions and it has had an effect.
    4. When you lose airplanes, you don't need as many people.
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