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Homestead Air Reserve Base Economic Impact

The presence of Homestead Air Reserve Base has fueled economic growth in South Miami-Dade County for decades, dating back to the Homestead Army Air Field days in the 1940s.

As a pillar of the Homestead community, Homestead Air Reserve Base continues to be a major contributor to the economic growth of South Florida, generating over $363 million into the local economy in fiscal year 2021, according to the base finance office.

Currently, the base employs over 3,200 employees who live in the Homestead and South Dade communities. This includes 1,300 traditional Air Force reservists who drill monthly at the base. The 482nd Fighter Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit, is the installation host.

Homestead ARB's total payroll for FY 2021 is in excess of $268 million.

The estimated number of indirect jobs created is over 1,500 valued at over $94 million.

The military presence also directly impacts the local economy through many subtle, yet important, contributions. Auto fleet maintenance, linen and laundry service, purchases from local beverage distributors, grounds maintenance, and contracted electrical, painting and plumbing work are other examples of the direct economic impact on the local community, totaling in the millions of dollars.


(Current as of November 2021)