NASA Marshall Center boosts Alabama economy with $774 million in fiscal 2000 expenditures
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,
Ala., contributed $774 million to Alabama’s economy in fiscal year 2000.
That contribution included $238 million in salaries
for civil service personnel and related costs, as well as travel. It also included
$536 million spent on locally procured services, prime contractor and subcontractor
support, and local construction.
Approximately $69 million in retirement annuities
were paid in 2000 to 2,515 Marshall retirees residing in Alabama, with 1,604
retirees in Huntsville and Madison receiving $44 million of that amount.
The $774 million spent in Alabama was significantly
more than the Marshall Center’s expenditures in any other state. In addition,
NASA funding of approximately $128 million was spent in North Alabama for International
Space Station hardware development by The Boeing Co., while approximately $57
million was spent was spent on other NASA programs in which Marshall had a supporting
role. An additional $43 million was spent on programs where Marshall performed
work for other agencies.
Marshall received approximately 16 percent – or $2.2
billion – of NASA’s total budget of $13.6 billion during fiscal 2000. Of Marshall’s
allocation, 73 percent was spent for Human Exploration and Development of Space
including Space Shuttle and International Space Station activities; 26 percent
for Space Science, Earth Science, Aerospace Technology and Biological and Physical
Research activities; and about 1 percent on Strategic Support of Marshall Center
Since it was established in 1960, the Marshall Center
has had budget responsibility for more than $67 billion. When yearly figures
are adjusted for inflation, this total is equivalent to more than $167 billion
in today’s dollar value.
The Marshall Center has paid approximately $5 billion
in federal salaries since its creation in 1960 through September. In 2000, Marshall
civil service employees collectively paid more than $185 million in federal
income taxes and more than $6 million in Alabama state income taxes.
At the end of September, Marshall’s permanent and
temporary civil service employees totaled 2,676, including employees at resident
offices at prime contractor facilities and at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility
near New Orleans, La.
Of that workforce, 2,195 were college graduates, with
1,450 holding bachelor’s degrees. There were 165 employees with doctorate degrees
and 580 with master’s degrees in fields of engineering, science – predominantly
mathematics and physics – as well as other disciplines, predominantly business
During 2000, 23,649 contractor employees were involved
in Marshall work, including 2,800 in mission support, 10,502 on prime contract
work and 10,347 as subcontractors and vendors. Of the total, 6,980 worked in
Alabama. Additionally, 763 contractors were associated with International Space
Station work being done by Boeing in Huntsville and 730 with other NASA work
supported by Marshall.
During fiscal 2000, 305,079 people toured Marshall,
including educators, conference and symposium visitors and news media. Of these,
203,223 toured the Marshall Center as part of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s
bus tour program. The Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is Marshall’s
official NASA visitor center.
In 2000, more than 48,194 students and 26,587 teachers
and faculty representing all 50 states were reached through the operation of
Marshall’s education programs. The Marshall Center donated $1 million in research
equipment and placed some $189 million in grants, contracts and cooperative
agreements through the education programs.
Another way the Marshall Center gives back to the
community is through monthly Red Cross Blood Drives. In fiscal 2000, 828 pints
of blood were collected from civil service and on-site contractors. Marshall
civil service employees also contributed $505,268 to the Combined Federal Campaign.
Of this amount, $288,288 was designated to help agencies in Alabama.
The Marshall Space Flight Center celebrated 40 years
of operation in 2000. Marshall looks to the future with dedication to continue
its role as a vital contributor to America’s future in space, while positively
impacting the local, state and federal economy.