Supporting the Tech Innovation in the Aerospace Industry
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 21, 2016 at 2:22 PM
This Wednesday, I submitted resolution to the City Council to support California State Assembly Bill 2600 (Lackey), which would request the Regents of the University of California (UC) to establish the California Institute for Aerospace within twenty miles of Edwards Air Force Base or United States Air Force Plant 42. The adoption of this bill would allow California to leverage the State's existing aerospace industry infrastructure and to function as an incubator for technological innovation, education, and research.
In partnership with UC, the institute will generate economic growth in the region and will strengthen Southern California's position as a global leader in the aerospace industry. The UC is a key component of the California higher education system and is widely known for enrolling large numbers of high performing students of all economic backgrounds and providing these students with rigorous preparation for the workforce and further studies. The UC also engages in innovative scientific research which has generated billions of tax dollars and economic growth through the creation of jobs, technologies, new products, new industries, new companies, and advances in medicine.
The enactment of a State Aerospace Tax Credit in 2014 and a contract award from the United States Air Force in 2015 has positioned California to benefit from thousands of new jobs designing and building the Long Range Strike Bomber. The California Institute for Aerospace will generate economic growth in the region and will strengthen Southern California's position as a global leader in the aerospace industry.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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