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FY 2015 Defense Spending By State report now available for download.

Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Mapping


Regional Background

Georgia has consistently worked to align strategic resources for the aerospace and defense industries. As part of this effort, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) received a Defense Industry Adjustment grant from DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to identify the need for enhanced data collection, analysis, and mapping of the military-related supply chain in Georgia. This effort seeks to document the aerospace and defense contracting footprint in Georgia to better understand how the state needs to respond to fluctuating industry dynamics and a changing policy landscape.

Project Overview

The project is divided into two phases. During Phase I, the GDEcD will build the capacity for the state to focus on the critical issue of how best to support the aerospace and defense related businesses identified through inventory and mapping activities (Phase II).

Phase II will see a review of all military related supply chain data within Georgia. This includes:

  • Identifying the scope and nature of all DoD and aerospace economic activity in Georgia relating to contract awards. The identification will include both the personnel and business products
    funded through these contacts.
  • Quantifying the vulnerability of DoD and aerospace activities in relation to potential changes in DoD spending, from program reductions, reconfigurations, or expansions.
  • Populating a data bank and providing an analytical modeling capacity at the state, county, and local workforce investment board level to facilitate continued economic impact analysis of DoD budgetary changes.

Projected Outcomes

The goal of the project is to provide GDEcD with actionable information about how Georgia can reduce the impact of decreased defense industry spending on its regional businesses and workers. Additionally, the project will help Georgia enhance existing programs in workforce and economic development by providing accurate data and identification of supply and demand for products and skilled labor.