The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) provides economic impact modeling services based on IMPLAN®, or Impact Analysis for Planning, a software and data package. IMPLAN® is well-known in both the economic development and academic communities. One of the economic impact modeling projects where NEPA is involved is Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD). A report that provides the economic impact of TYAD for Fiscal Year 2019 is available here. Impacts were estimated from the construction or renovation of facilities, and operation, which is based on the number of workers and their compensation, along with, in some instances, the spending on supplies and equipment, and contract services. There are seven groups of workers at TYAD, which are Depot Civilians, Depot Military, Depot Contractors, Tenant Civilians, Tenant Military, Tenant Contractors and Morale, Welfare and Recreation workers. The amounts for the purchasing of supplies and equipment, and contract services are based on the number of civilian, military and contractor personnel. Impacts from on-site service-oriented facilities such as the Commissary, Exchange Service, Credit Union and Health Clinic are included in this analysis. Also included is the estimated economic impact from day visitation, overnight visitation when staying at Tobyhanna Villas and overnight visitation when staying at a hotel. Provided below are five charts that illustrate the economic impact of TYAD for Fiscal Years 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The charts in this analysis consist of the following:
  • Employment is the number of jobs, which can be either full-time or part-time. The number of direct jobs is illustrated in Chart 1 and the total employment is illustrated in Chart 2.
  • Output, also referred to as sales or economic activity, relates to the gross receipts for goods and services generated by the company’s or organization’s operations. This is illustrated in Chart 3.
  • Labor Income, which is the sum of Employee Compensation and Proprietor Income. This is illustrated in Chart 4. Employee Compensation is the salaries and fringe benefits of workers and Proprietor Income, or small business income is earnings by self-employed workers and the working owners of small businesses.
  • Chart 5 illustrates the Total Taxes, Total Federal Taxes, and Total State and Local Taxes. Some of the federal taxes are employee and employer contribution to social security, excise taxes, corporate profits taxes and personal income taxes. Some of the state and local taxes are dividends, employee and employer contribution to social security, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, personal income taxes and fishing and hunting license fees. Unfortunately, due to the structure of the model, the state and local tax impacts are combined and cannot be dissected.

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In June 2018, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research conducted an economic impact analysis of all military installations within Pennsylvania. The statewide analysis is available here and the analysis for Tobyhanna Army Depot is available here.