WHEREAS, West Virginia General Aviation and local airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses, and the State of West Virginia; and
WHEREAS, general aviation in West Virginia supports 5,300 jobs in West Virginia, resulting in $256 million in labor income, as well as contributes over $1 billion to the state’s total economic output annually; and
WHEREAS, according to the WVDOT Aeronautics Commission, West Virginia is home to 17 general aviation airports, and, according to the FAA, West Virginia airports support 1,806 pilots and 855 active general aviation aircraft;
WHEREAS, General Aviation benefits West Virginia through corporate, private charter, and air taxi travel, shipping and express air freight services, firefighting, public safety and law enforcement, weather and traffic reporting, and recreation and tourism; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia airports provide access for businesses and tourists to isolated areas, enabling businesses to remain part of the Nation’s Air Transportation System and connected to the world’s global marketplace; and
WHEREAS, the nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important public benefit, and Congressional oversight should be in place to ensure stable funding of this system; and
WHEREAS, the use of General Aviation by businesses and farms in West Virginia is directly tied to the future growth and prosperity of the State.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Catherine A. Goings, Mayor of the City of Clarksburg, do hereby proclaim October, 2016 as:
“GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH”
in the City of Clarksburg and encourage all citizens to recognize the vital strategic resource that aviation is and the role in plays in economic development.
IN WITNESS WHEReOF, I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the Official Seal of the City of Clarksburg to be affixed hereto.
Catherine A. Goings, Mayor
City Of Clarksburg, West Virginia