As the Chair of the Aerospace States Association (ASA) and Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, I welcome you to the ASA website. We at ASA care passionately about the future of aerospace and aviation in America.
The aerospace industry is the engine that defends our nation, provides Americans with highly paid jobs, and drives our economy. Nationally, the aerospace industry contributes about $120 billion in export sales, resulting in the largest trade surplus of any manufacturing industry in the U.S.
For more than a century, America has been a leader in aviation and aerospace innovation and advancement. From the first flight to landing on the moon to today’s endeavors of commercial travel to space and integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into military and commercial use, aerospace in America is a rapidly changing industry that has revolutionized our culture. Our states are significant contributors to building on this revolution for the benefit of our companies and citizens.
Alabama has a rich history in aerospace development and is a growing hub for the aviation and aerospace industries. More than 400 aerospace companies call Alabama home including Airbus, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. As ASA Chair, I look forward to working with other states to develop sound policies to promote and strengthen our nation’s leadership in aviation and space.
ASA is the Voice of Aerospace for the States: Where Government, Industry and Education Come Together. ASA is a nonpartisan organization of Lt. Governors, Governor appointed delegates, and associate members from aerospace organizations and academia. ASA represents states’ interests in federal aerospace and aviation policy development. ASA advocates on behalf of all 50 states for research and design funding, workforce training, economic development in aerospace and aviation, excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and keeping states competitive in a global marketplace.
Our STEM education program, “The Real World Design Challenge” is one of the fastest growing STEM initiatives. We are now forming state chapters of ASA to bring together aviation and space interests across each state to educate state legislators on issues specific to their state. As leaders in our state governments, ASA members not only impact policy at the state level, but also at the federal level, by informing our congressional delegations on aerospace priorities.
We are committed to enacting state-based initiatives to strengthen our nation’s leadership in aviation and space. We are committed to supporting the aerospace and aviation industries in all 50 states to strengthen the industries’ contributions to our economies. We are committed to inspiring a younger generation to innovate, explore and build. We are committed to educating young Americans to lead the world in science, technology, math and engineering. We are committed to linking the global community in peace and commerce via air travel. If you would like to join us in our efforts you can become an Associate Member of ASA by clicking the link on the right.
Alabama Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, ASA Chair
How States Support Aerospace Companies
- Educate and train aerospace professionals who will develop the next generation aviation system and pioneer the frontiers of space.
- Develop, test and incubate new technologies across a wide spectrum of corporate, academic, and private innovation infrastructures.
- Sponsor aerospace conferences and business roundtables to enable networking among key aerospace leaders.
- Facilitate attractive tax structures, leverage venture capital, and seed public-private partnerships to promote entrepreneurship and expand space enterprise.
- Provide adequate infrastructure (e.g., airports, spaceports, roads, communications, internet access) and leverage unique geographical assets (e.g., landforms, location, climate) to develop terrestrial analog test sites.
- Dedicate public lands for airports, space launch and other aerospace-related activities, and create research and education centers to both support these programs and facilitate technology transfer.
October 26-28 2015 ASA hosted the National Aerospace Foreign Direct Investment Expo. See the program and presentations at: http://aerospace.hawaii.gov/aerostates/about-us/presentations-to-asa/
We are extremely grateful to the state of Hawaii for providing the administration and hosting ASA’s website.