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Governor Doug Burgum Declares March 2017 “Aviation Month”
March 21, 2017
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  • The Alliance for Aviation Across America today applauded Governor Doug Burgum for declaring March 2017 “Aviation Month.” In North Dakota, general aviation airports support more than $121 million in total economic output each year.

    “General aviation plays an important role supporting agriculture, businesses and communities of all sizes in North Dakota. It also connects communities with critical services like emergency medical care,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “We thank Governor Burgum for issuing the proclamation and recognizing the importance of general aviation in North Dakota.”

    “North Dakota’s airports help businesses and communities throughout the state to stay competitive, connected, and ensure access critical services,” said Mark Kimberling, President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO). “We thank Governor Burgum and Kyle Wanner, Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, for issuing the proclamation and supporting community airports across the state.”

    “General aviation and local airports are vital assets for communities across North Dakota,” said Martin H. Hiller, President of the National Air Transportation Association. “NATA and our member companies across the state applaud Governor Burgum’s acknowledgement of general aviation as an important resource to the state’s competitiveness and growth.”

    According to the proclamation:

    “Aviation and the aerospace industry continue to play an increasing role as an economic catalyst in North Dakota, creating over 32,000 jobs and contributing $3.6 billion annually to the state’s economy.”

    To view the proclamation, click here.

    Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interests of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.