WHEREAS, the City of Lewiston, Idaho, has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aircraft manufacturing, aviation educational institutions, aviation organizations and community airports; and
WHEREAS, general aviation and the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport have an immense economic impact on Lewiston; and
WHEREAS, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the U.S. Economy, general aviation in Idaho contributes over $1.1 billion to the state’s total economic output; and
WHEREAS, the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics, reports that Idaho has 117 public-use general aviation airports. According to FAA data, these airports serve 4,834 pilots and 2,966 active general aviation aircraft; and
WHEREAS, according the the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Contribution of General Aviation to the U.S. Economy, general aviation supports 7,900 jobs in Idaho, resulting in $342 million in labor income; and
WHEREAS, general aviation not only supports Idaho’s economy, it improves overall quality of life by supporting emergency medical and healthcare services, law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief, and by transporting business travelers to their destinations quickly and safely; 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.
NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Lewiston City Council, I, Jim Kleeburg, Mayor of the City of Lewiston, do hereby proclaim June 2016 to be “GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH”.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I HAVE HEREUNTO
SET MY HAND AND SEAL OF THE CITY OF
LEWISTON, IDAHO, TO BE AFFIXED HERETO
THIS 13th DAY of JUNE, 2016.