Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence

Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence

A study sponsored by the Michigan Defense Center is expected to shape state efforts to preserve its Army and Air National Guard facilities following a future BRAC round as well as to attract new missions.

DOD accounts for an estimated $8 billion in annual spending in Michigan, an impact the center would like to grow. About 67 of Michigan’s 83 counties are a place of business under at least one defense contract, said Sean Carlson, the agency’s executive director.

The $400,000 study — being prepared by Matrix Design Group — should provide officials an understanding of what military activities would best fit the state’s industries and workforce, reported Crain’s Detroit Business. The study should be completed within several weeks.

The military has a significant amount of excess infrastructure and needs to find ways to cut spending on its infrastructure.

“It stands to reason that you can’t afford to keep everything you have open, so there is a lot of pressure to make base operations dollars stretch further,” said Sal Nodjomian, executive vice president at Matrix and program manager for the study.

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