Facts and figures about Fort Gordons impact on the CSRA
1. Fort Gordon remains the CSRAs largest employer with about 24,000 military, civilian and contractor employees, a growth of over 6,000 since 2002. Using a conservative Dept of Commerce multiplier of 2:1 this equates to 48,000 community jobs as a result of Fort Gordon. The estimated total economic impact is over $2.4B annually.
2. About 800-1200 service members separate from the military at Fort Gordon each year. These are primarily highly skilled information technology or medical professionals. Surveys show about half plan to or would like to remain in Augusta area if there were jobs available.
3. There is over $230M worth of construction currently on-going or programmed/approved.
4. The Fort Gordon Retirement Services area of responsibility supports over 60,000 military retirees and family members. In addition, with the closing of Forts McPherson and Gilliam, Fort Gordon has assumed responsibility for support to military retirees and their families in the Atlanta area.
5. Over $155M in health care was purchased from area medical facilities in FY2012. This includes TRICARE in/outpatient care at area civilian facilities, specialty care/referrals for treatment not available at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, and contracted care at civilian facilities such as all obstetric care for military being provided by Trinity Hospital and the Medical College of Georgia.
6. Area school districts receive over $1.2M annually in impact aid, which is funding provided by the Department of Education to compensate for federal employees who do not pay property or GA state taxes because they live in government housing or are out-of-state residents.
7. As part of the on-going family housing privatization initiative, 94 local vendors have been subcontracted for goods and services totaling $48M from FY06-FY12.
8. The GA Army National Guards #1 future construction priority is a $39M, 150,000 sqft Regional Readiness Center and supporting Field Maintenance Facility to be constructed on 30 acres of Ft Gordon. Readiness Center will enable consolidation of area units into a single facility. Design and environmental assessment projected over next 5 years with actual construction projected after 2016.
9. Fort Gordon is one of 2 military installations selected for the Municipal Services Pilot Program. Through this program, the fort receives water and wastewater service from the city of Augusta and eliminated the need for a $25M capital investment in infrastructure.
10. The US Army Signal Corps Band provides over 300 performances annually in parades, ceremonies, receptions, schools, nursing homes, museums, funerals, and other area activities.
11. Fort Gordon service members, civilians and family members volunteer over 90,000 man hours annually in area schools, nursing homes, food banks, and for other community activities and events.
12. Fort Gordon facilities are used for community activities such as the Soap Box Derby, Special Olympics, Motorcycle Safety Course, and ROTC/JROTC training. The 27-hole Gordon Lakes Golf Course, Ft Gordon Bowling Center, Riding Stables, Dinner Theater, Gordon Club, and the Sportsmans Complex with skeet, trap, archery, and firearms ranges are all open to the public.
13. Ft Gordon is home to the GA National Guards Youth Challenge Academy which is a program for high school dropouts, offering a chance to complete their GED and gain experience as responsible adults. Each session is 5 months long and graduates over 200 students.
14. Fort Gordon has no encroachment issues. In 2010 Fort Gordon obtained approval of an Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) proposal to protect against encroachment around the installation boundary. Fort Gordon and its primary partner, Central Savannah River Land Trust, have identified priority areas surrounding the installation in which to acquire conservation easements under the ACUB program. The Fort Gordon ACUB is approved for a total amount of $16,458,000 (subject to availability of funds) and currently has $936,102 dollars of funding in place to implement the proposal with a goal of protecting up to 11,900 acres in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Jefferson counties. The FY13 focus - 1,618 acres in Richmond and McDuffie Counties comprised of 17 individual parcels. Additionally, Fort Gordon completed a JLUS in August of 2005. As a result of the study the four counties that Fort Gordon occupies have agreed to direct development in ways that will allow Fort Gordons mission to continue without conflicts with land use outside the installation.
15. In 2002 Richmond County invested $8.6M to build Freedom Park Elementary School (K-5) on Fort Gordon, and added a middle school (6-8) wing in 2008 at a cost of $5.8M. The school currently supports 855 students of on-post military residents and has won numerous awards to include a National Blue Ribbon School since 2007, GA School of Excellence since 2007, and in 2011 was one of only 4 schools selected in the U.S. as a National Model School.
16. Since 2003, Columbia County has built 9 new schools and made additions/improvements to 6 other schools for a total investment of over $147 million. During that period of time, overall student growth was 4,800 students and just over a third of those, 1, 684 students, were federal/military students.