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Economic Impact of the NASA Glenn Research Center (Fiscal Year 2020)

Dr. Iryna V. Lendel, Research Associate Professor and Director of the School of Urban Affairs’s Center for Economic Development, and Dr. Jinhee Yun (PhD ’21), have published an economic impact study for the NASA Glenn Research Center. According to the abstract, the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, located in Cleveland and Sandusky, Ohio, creates vast economic benefits within the regional economies of Northeast Ohio and statewide by employing local labor, paying high wages to employees who spend most of their income locally, engaging local contractors, and collaborating with local higher education institutions, providing them with research grants and contracts. The economic impact study uses a multi-regional input-output model to estimate the effect of NASA Glenn Research Center's spending on the economies of Northeast Ohio and the state. For the total economic impact in the state of Ohio in 2020, the researchers found NASA Glenn accounted for a growth in output (sales) of $1.8 billion, value added (output less intermediary goods) of $1.1 billion, support of nearly 9,000 jobs, $806 million in labor income, and $155 million in tax revenue. This report is part of an ongoing research partnership between the Center for Economic Development and NASA Glenn since 2000. The Center for Economic Development has served as a designated Economic Development Administration University Center since 1985.

Photo Credit: The photo on the College homepage referring to this publication is by NASA on Unsplash.