Wisconsin Shows Support for GA
With general aviation contributing more than $3.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy annually, and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) member companies employing more than 1,100 Wisconsinites, the association partnered with Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., today to celebrate GA’s role in the Badger state’s financial health. “The aviation industry is central to our local economy,” said Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson. “It is the engine that makes our airport hum and the broader, regional economy grow.” Republican governor Scott Walker told the hundreds of manufacturing workers, local officials, business leaders and aviation enthusiasts that he is proud to be part of the GA jobs rally. “The economic impact created by general aviation is strong, and it plays such an important role in providing the transportation needs of individuals and businesses across the globe,” he added. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) added, “I am proud of our strong general-aviation sector, including manufacturers, like Gulfstream, that are creating good-paying jobs in my district.” The event was held in Gulfstream’s East Hangar adjacent to Appleton Airport.