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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: State awarded $764 thousand to study military impact on Hawai‘i’s economy

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases


HONOLULU — The State of Hawai‘i has been awarded a $763,856 grant by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to complete a Supply Chain Map for Hawai‘i’s defense contracting community. This grant starts on July 1, 2016 and will be administered by the State of Hawai‘i, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

The defense industry is Hawai‘i’s #2 economic sector. Past analyses of the impact of the military in Hawai‘i have been completed at the macro-economic level. The average annual direct defense expenditures in Hawai‘i are about $8.8 billion, resulting in a total output of $12.2 billion into the economy. This sector supports approximately 100,000 jobs, or 16.5% of Hawai‘i’s total jobs, across all islands.

“This grant will enable the State of Hawai‘i to identify the prime contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers to the military. This will enable us to plan ahead to better support this critical component of our economy by ensuring that Hawai‘i  businesses are prepared to adapt to changing defense requirements,” said Gov. David Ige.

The Military Affairs Council (MAC) of the Chamber of Commerce Hawai‘i is a strategic partner for this grant. “We look forward to partnering with the state to inventory and study Hawai‘i’s DoD supply chain which includes all of our MAC members. This project will reveal how the defense sector impacts every island and aspect of our economy,” said David Carey, Chairman of the Military Affairs Council.


Media Contacts:

Rona Suzuki

Executive Director

Office of Community Services

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Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

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Mobile: 808-798-3929

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