Wednesday, December 31 2014
Montgomery, AL -- Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey on Monday began serving as Interim Chair of the Aerospace States Association, fulfilling the term of Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell. Lt. Governor Ivey previously served as Vice Chair of ASA for over three years.
The Aerospace States Association is a nonpartisan organization of Lieutenant Governors that represents states’ interests in federal aerospace and aviation policy development. ASA advocates on behalf of all 50 states for research and design funding, workforce training, economic development in aerospace and aviation, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and keeping states competitive in a global marketplace.
Nationally, the aerospace industry contributes nearly $120 billion in export sales, resulting in a positive trade balance of $70.5 billion, the largest trade surplus of any manufacturing industry in the U.S.
“I am honored to have been recommended by my good friend and colleague, Lt. Governor Treadwell, and elected by the ASA members. I appreciate their confidence in me,” said Lt. Governor Ivey. “Alabama has a rich history in aerospace development and is a growing hub for the aviation and aerospace industries. More than 400 aerospace companies call Alabama home including Airbus, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. As ASA Chair, I look forward to continuing to promote Alabama on the national stage while working with other states to develop sound policies to promote and strengthen our nation’s leadership in aviation and space.”
Treadwell relinquished the chairmanship to coincide with the end of his term as Lt. Governor of Alaska, which concluded Monday.
“I have worked with Lt. Governor Ivey for four years, and share her enthusiasm for what the aerospace industry does to create jobs and keep America competitive in the world,” Lt. Governor Treadwell said. “I’m delighted she is taking on the leadership of the Aerospace States.”
Lt. Governor Ivey plans to seek election to a full term when the interim chairmanship expires in April 2015.