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Stennis global economic impact nearing $1 billion [The Sun Herald :: ]
[February 13, 2014]

Stennis global economic impact nearing $1 billion [The Sun Herald :: ]

(Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Feb. 13--HANCOCK COUNTY -- The direct global economic impact of Stennis Space Center reached $940 million in 2013, and the direct impact on the local economy was $619 million.

These numbers come in a year of furloughs and sequestration and Center Director Rick Gilbrech said Thursday at his annual community breakfast briefing that he expects 2014 to be as good or better than last.

Stennis now has 41 resident agencies and 5,000 total employees, and Gilbrech said Stennis continues to make the federal city a working concept.

The best chance for more jobs will come if Stennis is successful in expanding the FAA restricted air space, he said. That could bring high-paying jobs for unmanned aerial systems and would help support special operations activities for the U.S. military at Stennis.

"I think there's just a great potential for this to really grow," he said.

Two new supercomputers will be installed at the Defense Shared Resource Center at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis. Bill Burnett, deputy commander and technical director at Naval Oceanography Command said they will take Stennis from being among the top 50 of super computing capabilities in the world to the Top 20.

"So we're gradually increasing our competing capability and are hoping in a couple of years we'll be back at the top 10." Read more in Friday's Sun Herald.

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