Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin announced the creation of the Aerospace States Association’s (ASA) Arkansas chapter today, Oct. 13.
ASA is a nonpartisan organization composed of lieutenant governors and other state-appointed delegates working to promote state interests in the development of aviation policy. The ASA strives to advance economic development by stressing the importance of local initiatives like workforce training and a focus of STEM education and computer science.
“As a proud member of the ASA, I look forward to leading this new chapter and partnering with the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance (AADA) to promote greater awareness of the benefits stronger aerospace and defense industries bring to Arkansas,” Griffin said in a news release.
“For Arkansas, the sky is the limit. I will continue to explain why Arkansas is a natural location for the aerospace and defense industry and how the State’s leading export is helping us grow good-paying jobs for hardworking Arkansans.”
According to Chad Causey, AADA executive director and AMP contributor, as part of the partnership, AADA will assist Griffin with management and support of the ASA chapter. The AADA board, including the lieutenant governor, will make up the ASA board.
AADA will also benefit from the efforts to highlight Arkansas has to offer existing and future aerospace companies, he said.
“Griffen is an outspoken advocate for growing the aerospace sector in Arkansas,” Causey told AMP by email.
“This is an exciting day for Arkansas aerospace. Partnering with Lt. Gov. Griffin will greatly expand the alliance’s efforts to promote sound policies that support aerospace sector growth in Arkansas. The lieutenant governor’s leadership in this area will help put Arkansas on the global aerospace map.”
Bob East, president of the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance, said in a statement that the effort will promote Arkansas’ aerospace industry.
“The lieutenant governor’s leadership will help us spread the word that Arkansas is a state primed for aerospace growth,” he said.