Pentagon budget cuts have affected the Westover Air Force Reserve Base for the last several years, but its economic impact in western Massachusetts remains strong.
An annual report estimates the military base contributed $212 million to the region’s economy through salaries and local purchases of goods and services.
It is $15 million more than last year, largely attributed to new construction on the 77-year-old base, according to Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, the public affairs officer.
"One of the most visible projects is on one of the hangers, one of the oldest buildings on the base," said Biscoe.
Budget cuts that began in 2012 have cut in half the number of planes based at Westover, and reduced the number of jobs.
With more than 3,200 employees, the base remains one of the largest employers in western Massachusetts.