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Report: NASA Ames boosts Bay Area's economy

Original post made on May 11, 2010

The United States economy gets a substantial return on every tax dollar spent by NASA Ames, which generates $877 million a year for the Bay Area's economy alone, according to a new report.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 1:26 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by MR. Happy, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

And i benefit how? Please someone explain to me how big tech industry jobs will benefit me, the hourly worker with a high school education.


Posted by JTH, a resident of another community
on May 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Actually there are jobs at all levels. Contractors are hired to do everything from janitorial services to writing advanced software.


Posted by CC, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm

If NRP is D high tech center, why there is no activities of any sort noticed?

There is no supporting evidence that place is the "Center". It's more like a remote site for the "70" partners. If there is no infrastructures support the "Center", I don't think the job will move into that area. But, the NRP had a great vision, and it will take decades before we see anything major will happen.

BTW, many city in Bay Area has great visions too. Why this one is so special?


Posted by thinkin' bout it, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm

MR: Techies get hired by Ames..move to Mountain View and buy a house here...buy a car and some furniture at our local stores..buy their meals, clothes, pockets gadgets here/spend money in our city/ pay local taxes...they send their kids to our schools and demand high level math programs so kids can follow in parents footsteps...and other stuff like that.


Posted by Seldon, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Thinkin' bout it is right.

Although there may not be direct benefits to everyone in Mountain View, there are also indirect benefits that most people will benefit from, if we have a flourishing industrial base, concentrated in high tech, and green tech. Developing technologies (with government support) and then finding ways to make money from these discoveries will bring dollars to the businesses and workers who live and work in MV. Those dollars in turn help support MV infrastructure and local small business. Consider too the great mix of people that are attracted by the jobs, education, and standard of living in MV, and you've got a winning combination.


Posted by moreLocalBenefitThanYouImagine, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I'm surprised local residents question the value of ARC... aside from the federal tax dollars that filter their way into the local economy (and other indirect benefits), a healthy science education outreach to local schools, developing procedures for quieter aircraft approaches to SFO, healthy relationships with small local tech companies that incubate high-tech talent that often fuels the better known tech giants of the area. maybe ames needs to do a better job of outreach... the benefit is much greater to THIS area than to the rest of the country that helps fund it!


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