Saturday, February 6, 2010

Frank LoBiondo on aviation industry and South Jersey

The Daily Journal has a new piece by Frank LoBiondo:

One year ago, I discussed how it was imperative our region look for opportunities to strengthen and expand new and emerging industries that could provide significant revenues and create local high-paying jobs.

While tourism, gaming, agriculture, fishing, manufacturing and small businesses will always have a measurable role to play, there needs to be more diversification of our work force to ensure South Jersey's short-term recovery and long-term economic growth. Back then, I singled out the aviation industry as having deep roots already in the region. There have been significant advancements that will make the aviation sector a key part of our local economy for decades to come.

In the past 12 months, we have seen considerable investment made at the Atlantic City International Airport...

Likewise, we have seen tangible progress in establishing the premier location for aviation research and development in conjunction with the FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township...

In the first weeks of 2010, we have already heard that Boeing -- a leader in aviation -- will be locating some of its post-production work to upgrade Chinook helicopters for the U.S. Army at the Millville Airport.

Good stuff, and it's worth reading the full story. Work like this to bring jobs to the district certainly is a reason why LoBiondo is pretty safe even though this is a district that can vote Democratic.