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State Aerospace Organizations Committee Objectives 2013-14

The ASA State Aerospace Organization Committee’s goals are to help our state aerospace and aviation organization committee members collaborate and share information to grow aerospace and aviation in their states; and share best practices, lessons learned, business models, charters and organizational models.  Over the next two years, we will expand our committee membership (with the goal of having every state/region represented), develop a more comprehensive database of state aerospace and aviation organizations, and identify policy issues and initiatives to bring forward to the ASA general membership for consideration.

Mike Heil, Chair

State Aerospace Organizations Committee Minutes

ASA Meeting of the State Aerospace Organization Committee

March 22, 2011 – 9am


  • Committee Goals, Feedback on Goals, Thoughts on Committee and Activities
    • Need to recruit more states –dynamic situation
    • Top = Committee goals, want to learn what is working, what’s not working
  • Important for Aerospace and Aviation to collaborate and share information – goal for everyone in our own states
    • Aerospace is top export manufacturing industry – where U.S. is the clear world leader
    • Jobs are high-paying skilled jobs – industry is dependent upon strong engineering capabilities
      • Graduates recently have been having difficulty finding jobs
      • Important goal is to help everyone be successful
      • Some people going overseas to bring back business
  • Database of state aerospace organizations – need to keep updated and constantly evolving (i.e. AZ just started up and OK recently disbanded because of state budgetary reasons)
  • Best practices, what is working, lessons, not working, share information on the best business models
    • Feedback? Database available? Will look at it later in the meeting


  • Seen as extremely important when Lt. Gov Dubie talking about enhancements, talking about chapters for grassroots impact
  • Easy for Lt. Gov’s to disappear and then every communication needs to be restarted but by having ASA, there would be continuity
    • In the country’s best interest to have entities in each state
    • Don’t have to own them, just have to connect
  • Last year – first meeting – grown in connectivity
  • Mansfield à need to recruit more participation and get more people involved (almost every state has an organization that could be in this organization) good for expanding network, need to make sure to reach out
  • Tendency to focus on manufacturers, don’t need to limit to that, have other affiliates

Vermont – Martha Hansen

  • Never used to consider VT an aerospace state
  • Now, VT Chamber of Commerce organizes quarterly conferences/meetings where people come and meet regarding the industry
    • Biggest value – collaboration and networking and companies go there because they want to do business
    • Can do business together, find out what everyone is doing
    • 200-300 people at each meeting talk about what they have to offer, all it takes is the desire of the Lt. Gov.
    • Mission – grow cooperation and jobs, build workforce à econ development and education should be advocated in legislature, separate from general manufacturing, trying to get synergy going with universities
  • Some groups are arms of the state government
  • Should mention ASA chapters at universities and find/attract students to engineering, difficult to make connection with students/deans sometimes
  • Martha – Magazines should help with PR – Membership isn’t just companies, it’s the National Guard, Universities etc, very diverse, no membership dues


  • Michael L. Heil – Ohio Aerospace Institute –
  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) – trying to bring aviation and aerospace together
    • Arguing aviation is a subset of aerospace – including flight attendants? Difficult to draw the line
    • Some also in automotive – latest count is 100,000 people in manufacturing, 2nd largest industry in the state
  • Mission – to build aerospace economy à through R&D, Ed and training, Collaborative and innovative solutions
  • OAI building voted one of the 50 best buildings in the world in 1994 – many people aligned to get this building built, analogous to aerospace, lots of funding taken to build it but successful in its purpose thus far
  • History and Background – started in 1989, first associated with NASA, chartered to foster relationships between universities, aerospace, industry, and government organizations
    • Strong support from NASA Glen Research Center, Wright Patterson AF Base, Ohio research universities, Ohio Gov etc
    • $241M in secured funding, 300 fed awards, FY ’10 $17.3M in revenue
    • State funding has gone up and down over the years, same with federal funding
    • Ohio currently tackling issue of “right to work” state, NASA Glenn Research Center has a union, viewed as small, not a major force
  • OAI Deans Committee – Engineering deans recommend OAI establish to focus and continue to improve state strengths + capabilities – bring visiting research and faculty
    • Also offers graduate courses, get younger people to stay engaged and involved
    • Could attract more research funding
  • Board of Trustees – 6 academic trustees, 6 industry trustees, 3 independent, 5 ex officio trustees – many industry sponsors
  • R&T – sponsored research – computational modeling, materials, structures, turbo machinery
    • AARC – Aero Acoustics Research Consortium with industry members is a good model
    • 3.10.11 = Ohio Aerospace Day – bringing together the community
  • Ohio Aerospace Working Group – collaboration of eight Ohio Regional Economic Development Organizations
    • Goals – to get feedback from Ohio Cong. Delegation on challenges, increase awareness, provide assistance, and achieve united bi-partisan support
    • Best way to face challenges and opportunities for aerospace industry in Ohio
    • Also want to work with Edu and Training – Ohio Space Grant Consortium – 23 institutes of higher learning, internship programs funded by the state

Iowa- Tom Hobson

  • New Lt. Gov – trying to increase economic awareness
  • Trying to increase impact and networking opportunity – recruiting for future workforce

Maine- Rich Grich

  • Working with Southern Maine Community College – to develop business and take to the next level within the state
  • Trying to make aerospace large composites group – trying to get state support to help it grow – has been done and can be done, no real business model
  • Working to increase aerospace presence

Pennsylvania- Bob Rockmaker

  • Just delivered notice of interest
  • Infrastructure poor, but facility is a bright opportunity on the aerospace side
  • No federal or state grants right now, trying to advance aerospace
  • Trying to work with people to get awareness that aerospace is 3-5% nation’s GDP
  • Don’t have what some of the other states have – but wants to continue to get leadership in the State House in support of initiatives
  • Doing some more awareness, advanced aerospace task force
  • Has developed counsel and lobbying efforts – were able to eliminate sales tax on rotary aircraft –  purchase and repair


  • Many OEM chain suppliers
  • Trying to work and identify more people to work with

Delaware – Stephanie Wright

  • Nonprofit group – Governor just started
  • Dover AF Base – not specifically the focus
  • DOT – smaller group aviation, looking at coming together with W. VA

New Mexico- Bill McMillan

  • New Governor Susanna Martinez – meeting in middle of April and good job coming into state
  • Founded NM AA – working with DARPA and contractor and national labs etc.
  • Recruited some small aerospace companies
  • Hired new Director of Spaceport America, Christine Anderson – hope that it will be strong economy driver
  • Eclipse Lightweight Jet Company – 260 aircraft are flying, restructuring.
  • STEM Education – Randall Hayes – near Kirtland AFB, heads up the program, good recognition for afforts.

Alabama- Chuck Carver

  • Governor claims not taking salary until 5000 jobs created
  • Good for economic and community affairs – need to focus on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) opportunities
  • Trying to bring BRAC and Aerospace together, no charter yet, some legislation pending now – workforce development
  • Interested in employee development
  • Not aware of an Aerospace Day in Alabama

Tom Maloney – Connecticut

  • Mostly federal dollars with some state cooperation
  • Long history in alternative fuels
  • Partnership with Air Force and Timken – starting off on things like that
  • Booth space at International Air Shows – over the years, good success
  • Other work goes up and down, trying to retrain F22 work force, most of the state money, good example of possible multistate collaboration – also opportunity because  there has been a recent change in seniority of Senators

California- Marsha Kalwasser

  • CA Aerospace Tech Association
  • Created California legislature select committee on aerospace, there are 300K aerospace employees in CA, industry is not recognized for its importance to the state, select committee will help grow support
  • Will start with STEM and then incentives – would make CA more competitive


  • Jim Crisafulli, Office of Aerospace Development
  • Strategic Geographic Advantage, Location, Long standing Partnership with Asian Pacific Countries and communities, potential to build as growth industry
  • Builds on existing infrastructure and advancement in science research
  • Key Sectors for development: Aerospace Related RDT&E, Training/Edu, Commercial Space
  • Goals: Diversify activity, Public/Private Multinational partnerships, Promote education, Monitor Trends, Recommend policies
    • Hawaii Aerospace Advisory Committee – may reps inside and out of state
  • NASA Hawaii Space Act Agreement
    • Space Exploration, Next Generation Aviation, Scientific Research
    • Stem education – through Public/private partnerships and multinational alliances
  • PISCES – University of Hawaii – for scientific research and community development, tech development test and eval, education and training, multinational dialogue and exchange
  • Other organizations working with include – Pacific International Space Alliance, and commercial space transportation (talking with Boeing), Pacific Hub for Aviation Training and Maintenance
  • Vision – to expand center of RD, STEM, Center aviation training and Next GEN, National development and work to be global leader
  • Want to collaborate and not compete


  • Want to collaborate with AIA and AIAA

Wants to multiply the effect of every aerospace organization