CMTA Announces Formation of New Policy Committee Focused on Aerospace and Defense Issues
September 16, 2021
Sacramento – Today the California Manufacturers & Technology Association announced the formation of a targeted policy committee to address, manage and leverage policy issues affecting the aerospace and defense industries. The committee will be known as the Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) and will be the voice for those sectors to the Administration, Legislature, and regulatory agencies.
California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, and defense driving the latest advancements through research and development (R&D) and advanced manufacturing. California employees develop and sustain unmanned systems, shipbuilding, military aircraft, commercial aviation and space science programs for the U.S. and people around the world.
"The aerospace and defense sectors are two of the largest components of California's economy with tens of thousands of suppliers, creating world leading innovation and tremendous opportunities for working families," shared CMTA President Lance Hastings. "It is imperative that we call out the contributions of these critical economic contributors and identify policies that help advance the mission of ADAC."
"We applaud initiatives like the CMTA Board’s approval to form ADAC to support the needs of this vital industry. Several leading aerospace and defense companies have formed the backbone of this group that will help to promote and advance the state’s global presence in aircraft, aviation and space exploration development," said Joe Ahn, a Co-Founding ADAC Member, and manager of Governmental Relations for Northrop Grumman.
The aerospace, aviation, and defense industries support more than 511,000 high paying jobs in California and generate in excess of $66.2 billion in annual economic activity, larger than the agriculture and entertainment industry combined. The aerospace and defense industries also generate $7 billion in state and local taxes.
"ADAC will work to maintain California's place as the leading state for the aerospace and defense industries, which combined employ more than half a million Californians today. We will also work to expand ADAC's membership so that it represents the entire industry supply chain in California, which extends to all 58 counties," said Mark Taylor, founding Chair of ADAC and Boeing's State and Local Government Operations director in California.
"ADAC will help emphasize the importance of those sectors and the supply chains that support the research, development and advancement of aerospace and defense. In fact, many suppliers to these companies are small, private companies that operate in communities across California," added Hastings.
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