City of Charleston
Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
WHEREAS; the Palmetto State is home to six commercial service airports, 61 general aviation a imports and 4 busy military airfields that provide essential support to South Carolina’s diversified business base, increasing population and growing tourism industry; and
WHEREAS; airports support and assist South Carolina in many ways including recreational flying, providing a gateway to communities and tourist attractions, accommodating agricultural spraying, supporting air cargo and air freight shipments, helping law enforcement, supporting the military and its operations, providing access in times of emergency and supporting medical needs and the medical profession; and
WHEREAS; many businesses in our state rely on aviation, both commercial service and general aviation airports, for the efficient transportation of people and goods; and
WHEREAS; with over 100 aerospace-related companies in the Palmetto State, aviation is a multi-billion dollar industry and, along with commercial service airports, general aviation airports, and military airfields, supports more than 70,000 jobs and contributes millions each year in tax benefits to state and local governments.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston, do hereby proclaim August 17 – 23, 2015 as:
GENERAL AVIATION WEEK
in the city of Charleston, and encourage all our citizens to recognize general aviation for its significant contributions to our quality of life and economic growth and stability.
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor