Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through Camp Atterbury each year when the post was still mobilizing them to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, and that meant an economic boost for local businesses. Higher-ranking officers or civilian contractors sometimes stayed in nearby hotels and ate at local restaurants.
An Indiana University study found that the southern Johnson County military installation and the Muscatutuck Center for Complex Operations pumped an estimated $400 million into the local economy last year, when the mobilization mission was already winding down.
Military leaders can use that economic impact data to help protect the post during a national round of base closures that’s expected to take place in 2015, Indiana National Guard Adjutant Gen. R. Martin Umbarger said.
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