Keesler Makes Big Economic Impact on the Coast

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Updated: 3/20/2014 7:05 pm
Keesler Air Force Base pumped more than $1.1 billion into the Gulf Coast’s economy over the span of one year. That's according to a report just released by the base and is based on fiscal year 2013. The report is based on several factors, including pay for civilian and military employees, construction projects, retiree pay, volunteer services, and jobs indirectly created on the Gulf Coast. Many local businesses depend on Keesler for their customer base. Tim Jones of Gulf Coast Barber Style says, “Keesler means a lot. We've been here for about 11 years now. It accounts for at least 60% of our business, so Keesler’s very, very important to us, especially being right outside the base.” Keesler is a major training facility for the Air Force. On any given day, it has 3,000 to 4,000 students on its base.

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