first_imgFor Immediate Release August 17, 2006 “These companies provide the kind of jobs that GovernorDouglas is working hard to create and retain,” Dubie said. “And they are the kind of jobs thatthe next generation of Vermonters will want to stay and fill.” The guest of honor, Major Tad Clarkof the United States Air Force’s Thunderbirds precision flying team, which willbe performing at the Wings Over Vermont airshow this weekend, said one of hisgroup’s goals was much the same as Dubie’s. Lt. Gov. Dubie spearheads effort to promoteindustry sector CONTACT:David Mace (802) 828-5229 The Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association(VAAA) held its first annual meeting and reception at the Heritage Flightfacility at the Burlington International AirportThursday. “We hope to inspire a youngergeneration,” Clark said. “When that happens, we’ll have individuals who willdesign a better stealth technology to protect combat aircraft, design a morefuel-efficient jet engine, or come up with a safer design for airtravel.” AVIATION AND AEROSPACE FIRMS FORMASSOCIATION SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Companies involved in aircraft manufacturing,commercial airline travel, and civil aviation are banding together to helpadvance the aerospace and aviation industry in Vermont. “For example, Boeing has 27 suppliers in Vermont who account for$35 million in annual sales to the company,” he said. “The aerospace and aviation industry is an importantpart of Vermont’seconomy,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce andCommunity Development. “One airline industry trade group estimates thatcommercial aviation in Vermontimpacts some 27,268 jobs and helps generate nearly $2 billion in economicactivity.” In addition to the economic impact of Vermont’s airports and tourism-relatedtravel, Dorn noted that both large and small businesses did business in theaerospace sector. About two dozen firms and organizations were on hand for theinaugural event, including such Vermontpowerhouses as General Electric of Rutland, Vergennes-based Goodrich, and localfirm General Dynamics. Dubie said the VAAA would help educate the public andpolicy makers about the importance of aviation to Vermont, especially as an economic sector,and encourage young people to study math and science and enter the field. “This will help promote an important economic sectorin our state,” said Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, an airline pilot and formeraerospace engineer who helped spearhead the formation of the group.“I’m very pleased by the response of the aerospace and aviationindustry members who have agreed to cooperate in this effort.” A 2001 study by the Commission on the Future of the UnitedStates Aerospace Industry said 60 aviation and aerospace firms in Vermont employed 3,100jobs at (1,700 in aircraft manufacturing and 1,400 in air transportation) with atotal payroll of $137 million. — 30 —last_img

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