WHEREAS, West Virginia Aviation and local airports play a critical role in the lives of our citizens, businesses, communities, and the State of West Virginia; and
WHEREAS, General Aviation in West Virginia contributes over $616 million, or $333 per capita, to the State’s economy; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia has 32 public airports serving more than 2,200 pilots and 1,370 General Aviation Aircrafts; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia has a significant interest in the continued vitality if General Aviation, the aerospace industry, West Virginia airports, aircraft manufacturing and repair stations, and aviation education; and
WHEREAS, West Virginia airports provide access for businesses and tourists to isolated areas, enabling business to remain part of the Nation’s Air Transportation System and connected to the world’s global marketplace; 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, Marti Shamberger, Mayor of the City of Morgantown, West Virginia do hereby proclaim October 2015 as:
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in the Mountain State and encourage all citizens to recognize the vital strategic resource that aviation is in West Virginia.