Office of the Mayor
Watertown, South Dakota
Whereas, The City of Watertown in the state of South Dakota has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, public airports and airport operations; and
Whereas, The South Dakota Department of Transportation has 70 public-use airports across the state, serving 2,247 pilots and over 1,260 general aviation aircrafts; and
Whereas,From the 2010 State Aviation System Plan, aviation supports nearly $800 million in business sales, including over $250 million in personal income and over 7,000 jobs; and
Whereas, General aviation is integral to the state’s response to emergencies and natural disasters, as well as a key colmpnent of business at South Dakota’s commercial airports; and
Whereas, The nation’s aviation infrastructure represents an important public benefit, and direct congressional oversight is necessary to ensure stable funding of this system; and
Whereas, The communities within South Dakota depend heavily on general aviation and community airports for the continued flow of commerce, tourism and visitors to our state:
Now, Therefore, I, Steve Thorson, Mayor of the City of Watertown, South Dakota, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as
GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH
in Watertown, South Dakota.
In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand
and caused the seal of the city to be affixed.
Mayor Steve Thorson