Three billion dollars is what Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah pumps into the local economy, according to a recent report. $1.3 billion comes in the form of salaries, nearly $13-million is paid to 14 school districts in the form of government aid to military children, and the housing market impact is about $252 million, accounting for about 10% of the total market.

When you look at the impact in its entirety, Executive Director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Patrick McKeehan says he would not want to imagine a world without Scott.

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McKeehan says Scott is by many barometers, the third largest employer in the St. Louis Metro area and the largest south of Springfield. You can hear the full interview with McKeehan this morning during the 11:00 hour of Let's Talk.