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State Awarded Grant to Study Military’s Economic Impact

June 22, 2016, 10:01 AM HST
* Updated June 22, 1:16 PM
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Kaneohe-based Marines will be among the active military members not facing paycuts. Image courtesy US Defense Department.

Department of Defense photo.

The State of Hawai‘i has been awarded a $763,856 grant by the US Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to complete a Supply Chain Map for Hawai‘i’s defense contracting community.

This grant starts on July 1, 2016, and will be administered by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The defense industry is Hawai‘i’s No.2 economic sector.

Past analyses of the impact of the military in Hawai‘i have been completed at the macro-economic level.

The average annual direct defense expenditures in Hawai‘i are about $8.8 billion, resulting in a total output of $12.2 billion into the economy.

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This sector supports approximately 100,000 jobs, or 16.5% of Hawai‘i’s total jobs, across all islands.

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“This grant will enable the State of Hawai‘i to identify the prime contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers to the military,”said Gov. David Ige. “This will enable us to plan ahead to better support this critical component of our economy by ensuring that Hawai‘i businesses are prepared to adapt to changing defense requirements.”

The Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i is a strategic partner for this grant.

“We look forward to partnering with the state to inventory and study Hawai‘i’s DoD supply chain which includes all of our MAC members,” said David Carey, Chairman of the Military Affairs Council. “This project will reveal how the defense sector impacts every island and aspect of our economy.”

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