We are Retooling ASA
2016 represents Aerospace States Association’s twenty-five years of successful partnership between states and aerospace stakeholders led by Lieutenant Governors to support aviation and space. ASA is proud of its rich history to help foster economic development, expand job opportunities, and inspire our youth to get the education and skills to properly prepare an emerging aerospace workforce for the 21st Century. Our sustainable growth is the result of a foundation based on our associate members program to bring industry and academia into ASA to advise and support state efforts and participate in our committees. As a result, we have identified and partnered with Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) to host a STEM educational program to encourage high school students to gain advanced, college-level design and project management skills while in high school. More recently we have focused our efforts to create and promote ASA state chapters to introduce the aerospace community to educators, as well as state legislators. As these programs continued to expand and become successful, it led to the formation of collateral partnerships with other associations. ASA’s MOUs with the FAA, Embry Riddle, and now the Aerospace Industries Association have improved our standing in the aerospace industry and provided members new opportunities. For the past two decades, ASA has enjoyed steady growth as the aerospace industry soared to new heights as a result of evolving technology, new missions and goals. The future of the aerospace industry has lead ASA to create a motto that describes a vision for our Association for the 21st Century:
ASA: The Voice of Aerospace for the States
Where Government, Industry and Education Come Together
To further promote our efforts, we have created a new marketing brochure describing the benefits that ASA membership provides for associate members. The reverse side of the brochure describes a new integrated dues structure. Current state dues and the basic dues structure for companies remains unchanged; however, we now offer tiered membership structure ranging from our bronze through platinum associate memberships that provide funding for ASA, chapters, and the RWDC as part of the membership. At these levels, companies will be able to designate which state chapters will receive funding. These new membership levels will allow ASA national to help fund state chapter activities. Companies will be able to pay their ASA dues and contribute to state chapters and RWDC with one check while gaining a wide range of benefits, including a new program we are establishing “Bridge to the Future”. It will allow companies to hire students who have completed the rigorous RWDC program. There have been 17,000 students who have participated in the RWDC over the past eight years. Many can now be employed by the aerospace industry, but the only way to gain access to these students is by joining ASA. A copy of the program description is on the RWDC Website.
ASA is excited about the future of aerospace and our role to lead and compete in 21st Century advancements and the global economy. Please send the “Join ASA” attachment, along with the application form, to your aerospace network. Thank you for your support of ASA!
Kay Ivey, Chair of ASA
Alabama Lt. Governor
States and Aerospace Industry Partner to Make America Stronger
2016 Scholarships Awarded
Elizabeth Favela and Alexandra Heinemann Win ASA’s 2016 Scholarships
The ASA Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that Elizabeth V. Favela an Engineering Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Sophomore at the University of Texas at ElPaso has won the 2015 Edward A. O’Connor Jr. Founder’s scholarship, and Alexandra Heinemann an Aerospace Engineering Sophomore at Texas A&M University has won the Rockwell Collins scholarship. They were selected from a field of over 40 applicants and represent excellence for America’s future aerospace engineers.
ASA thanks Rockwell Collins for their generous donation that make these scholarships possible.
ASA Establishes State Chapters
On January 17, 2014 Aerospace States Association voted to establish State Chapters:
MISSION: To educate, coordinate, facilitate, and advance the aerospace community within each state through policy development, educational discussions, and focused events, involving state elected and other government officials.
GOAL: Establish active state Chapters in all 50 states and 5 territories within 5 years. The chapter’s primary goal will be to host at least one aerospace educational event each year for their state legislature. Over time, each Chapter is to become a key resource for state policy makers. The Chapter is to become the repository of information for the state’s aerospace community and connection to ASA.
MEMBERSHIP: ASA Members and Associate Members, Government officials and staff, allied organizations and associations, and universities and colleges.
- The Chair of each chapter will be the Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, or a Governor appointed delegate to ASA. The Vice Chair will be an ASA Member or Associate Member selected by the State ASA Chapter Chair and will actively manage the chapter.
- The Chapter will meet at least biannually, but not in conflict with the ASA national conference, and at the call of the Chair and/or Vice Chair.
- The Chapter will seek as many in-state members as possible for the most involved and complete aerospace input into state issues and events.
- Chapters are required to report on activities at ASA national meetings and provide annual chapter report to ASA.
- Allied organizations and associations must be approved by the local Chapter and the national ASA
- Depending on state laws regarding legislative involvement, Honorary Members can be established.
- Chapters must abide by the 501 (c) (3) non-profit status of ASA
- FEES & DONATIONS: Each Chapter can decide if annual dues are needed for activities. All monies collected by the chapter including donations for specific events will be sent through national ASA and will be designated for Chapter activities, minus a 10% ASA administrative fee.
ACTIVITIES: Each Chapter is a forum for aerospace policy within a state. Depending on current activities within a state, each Chapter will have the flexibility to incorporate events, merge with other organization’s events, or establish new events. Chapter events should not be designed to compete with established events set up by other organizations. Activities involving the state government are at the invite of the government officials.
Activities can include but are not limited to:
- Aerospace Day or Week at the State Capitol
- Policy Symposiums
- Lunch Lecture Series
- Policy Forums
- Panel Discussions
- Data gathering and coordination
- Data sharing/best practices
- Local policy events within a state region
- Legislative Roundtables
- Legislative Receptions
ASA will provide staff support as required for state chapter activities if funding is available.
All activities are to be designed to include all entities in support of the aerospace community within that state. The activities are to be inclusive and representative of the state’s aerospace community as a whole.
Each Chapter will maintain information on state activities on the ASA website and social media pages.
ASA will provide staff for Chapter activities, provided sponsorship for such activities is achieved.