Monday, December 14, 2009

Bigger Than the Pentagon

According to this story by Joshua Stewart in the Hometown Annapolis, the BRAC related growth at Fort Meade “will turn the sprawling west county Army installation into one of the largest workplaces in the nation, making it well more than double the size of the Pentagon.”

It has been a little over two years since the decision was made to expand the mission at Fort Meade. Some have wondered whether all the talk of new jobs was over hyped. That is because, for the most part, the full impact has not yet been felt. With construction of the new 400,000 square foot headquarters for the Defense Information Systems Agency nearing completion, 2010 will be the year that the benefits to local economy become evident.

“From when the first trickle of jobs start to arrive in 2010 to a big rush later in the year, and back down to a slow trickle by 2015, an estimated 22,000 new jobs will have either been created or moved to Fort Meade, making it the state's largest employer by tens of thousands of people.”