San Antonio military relocation is commonplace, thus it comes as no surprise that the process of relocating military families is quite organized. The United States Military is an important part of San Antonio and has been for many years. It is a part of the San Antonio culture, economy and history and has done much to shape San Antonio and what it’s become today. The military’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) of 2005 has been a huge boost for military relocation in San Antonio and the military expects “unprecedented growth” by 2011.
The Economic Impact of BRAC
Some estimates have the impact of BRAC to be quite dramatic, as it is expected that BRAC will generate an additional $8.3 billion in “positive economic impact through 2011.” Compared to the 2006 number of $5.6 billion, this is significant. The Military also expects that, beyond 2011, BRAC will continue to make a strong economic impact, with an additional $2.9 billion annually expected. The BRAC recommendations will have a huge impact on all of the military facilities in San Antonio. The San Antonio BRAC program is underway in San Antonio and is thought to have the largest economic impact in the city’s history with more than 10,000 military families moving here. BRAC will also have an additional impact on military relocation in San Antonio, as it is expected to transform Fort Sam Houston into the largest global medical complex.
A Boost to the Economy
It is important to realize that military relocation through the BRAC program doesn’t just help military families, but instead improves and reinforces many of the sectors – and ultimately the economy - in San Antonio, including health care, education, communications, bioscience, intelligence, technology and security. Through the BRAC program and military relocation in San Antonio, the city is expected to grow by leaps and bounds, adding thousands of jobs and bringing in students to train in San Antonio. The joint effort by the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce implements BRAC to strengthen the economy and revitalize neighborhoods.