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Center for Economic Development


This report presents an analysis of the economic impact of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center (NASA Glenn) during its fiscal year (FY) 2016. It uses an input-output model, which reflects the buy-sell relationships among industries, the household sector, and the government sector in a region, to estimate the effect of NASA Glenn’s spending on the economies of both Northeast Ohio and the state of Ohio.

This model assesses economic impact in terms of growth in total output (sales); value added (output less intermediary goods); household earnings, number of new and supported jobs, and taxes.

The report also provides an overview of NASA Glenn and describes some of its research and development (R&D) activities. It looks at changes in NASA Glenn’s employees in terms of payroll, occupation, and place of residence. The report further provides information on NASA Glenn’s expenditures and revenues, awards to academic institutions, and taxes contributed by employees.

The analysis was conducted by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. This FY 2016 report is an update to previous studies published in 1996, 2000, 2005, and annually from 2007 through 2016.