The next TMPC Quarterly Meeting will be held on May 8, 2014. For more details, please contact the TMPC.
Established in 2003 by the 78th Texas Legislature and placed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism in 2009, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission’s goal is to preserve, protect, expand, and attract new military missions, assets, and installations. Additionally, the TMPC encourages defense related businesses to expand or relocate in Texas. View the TMPC Informational Flyer.
Texas Wins UAS Research and Test Site
After a year of planning and cooperation among public universities, industry partners and the Office of the Governor, Texas has been awarded an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site by the Federal Aviation Administration. Governor Perry welcomed the announcement."Texas has a long and distinguished history in the aerospace industry, and this test site is an important opportunity to create jobs and for the industry in our state," he said. "This technology will not only protect our country, but has the potential to advance other industries as well, and this site will play a role in ensuring it is used in a way that benefits our citizens while protecting their privacy."
View the FAA Press Release naming the research and test site designations.
Regional Partnership with the Southwest Defense Alliance
On November 22, 2013, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and Southwest Defense Alliance unanimously passed a joint resolution affirming a partnership of cooperation to preserve, and promote military missions, assets, infrastructures and the defense industrial base in Texas.
View the joint resolution signed by Chairman Paul Paine and Chairman John Regni.
Notice of Federal Funding Opportunity - Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment
The Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) published a Federal Funding Opportunity to solicit project proposals from States and communities impacted by reductions or cancellations in DoD spending. Through grants and technical assistance, OEA assistance can enable impacted regions to organize themselves to respond on behalf of affected communities, workers, and businesses; plan local community and economic adjustment activities; and carry-out plans to respond to the defense impacts and stabilize the local economy. Proposals will be considered for funding on a continuing basis, subject to available appropriations.
Texas recognizes and appreciates the impact military installations have within defense communities and the state. In 2012, the TMPC, in partnership with the Texas Comptroller’s Office, conducted an economic analysis to quantify the impact military missions have on the state’s economy. The analysis boasted the military’s contribution to the state economy with an economic output of $148 billion, a GDP of $83 billion and $55.56 billion in disposable personal income.
A driving force in Texas’ diverse economy, Department of Defense (DoD) military expenditures, including military and DoD civilian payroll, totaled more than $30 billion in 2011, and more than $23 billion in 2012, marking Texas as the third largest recipient of DoD funding in both years. With historic active installations like Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas is home to over 148,000 active duty personnel and more than 55,000 members of the DoD civilian workforce.
Proposed Base Realignment and Closure 2015
On April 24, 2013, Governor Rick Perry wrote a Call To Action Letter to the TMPC instructing the commission to outline a strategy of protecting our military communities and installations from another round of base closures. The TMPC will continue working with installations and the communities that support our military to ensure our state’s integral role in the national defense structure.
Economic Adjustment Programs
The TMPC continues its work to preserve, promote, and advance the military mission within the State of Texas by protecting vital military installations within its borders and encouraging defense related businesses to expand or relocate to Texas. TMPC assists defense related communities through the use of the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistant Grant and Texas Military Value Revolving Loan Fund programs. As of FY2012, over $32.4 million in grants and $49.6 million in loans have been allocated to defense dependent communities to facilitate capital or infrastructure improvements aimed at addressing the demands of an expanded military mission or for job creating projects.