STATE OF ARKANSAS
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS:
WHEREAS: Aviation and aircraft manufacturing play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and farms. The State of Arkansas has significant interest in the continued vitality and health of General aviation, aircraft manufacturing, airline industries, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports, and airport operators; and
WHEREAS; With more than 91 publically owned airports and more than 5,000 general aviation pilots, general aviation aircraft support a variety of functions vital to Arkansas, including mobility for businesses, tourism, pilot training, agricultural spraying, and police and fire protection; and
WHEREAS: General aviation accounts for $494.5 million in annual economic activity, and airports employ approximately 5,400 people, producing a payroll of $133.4 million. The total economic impact value exceeds $1 billion, about $376 per capita; and
WHEREAS: Arkansas is home to major aircraft manufacturing and maintenance centers, including companies such as Dassault Falcon Jet and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, that employ hundreds of workers and provide out State and Nation with significant economic resources and a positive export balance; and
WHEREAS: Many businesses and communities depend upon General Aviation aircraft and small aircraft of all stypes for access to medical treatment, mobility, economi opportunity, disaster relief, and a wide range of critical resources; and
WHEREAS: Many Arkansas communities depend heavily on the continued flow of tourists and visitors who come to enjoy the resources and hunting available in the Natural State via private aircraft; and
WHEREAS: Our State is a world leader in aviation and avionics manufacturing, which is a vital engine of growth in the economic framework of Arkansas and beyond;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in my by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim March 2010, as
AVIATIONA DNAEROSPACE APPRECIATION MONTH IN ARKANSAS
across the State, and I urge my fellow citizens to join me in acknowledging the vital role aviation plays in out area.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 23rd day of February, in the year of our Lord 2010.
MIKE BEEBE, GOVERNOR
CHARLES DANIELS, SECRETARY OF STATE