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ACR-145 California Institute for Aerospace.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 145

Relative to the California Institute for Aerospace.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  April 13, 2018. ]


ACR 145, Lackey. California Institute for Aerospace.
This measure would declare the Legislature’s support for the creation of a California Institute for Aerospace in southern California’s Antelope Valley.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The aerospace industry began in California with a few aircraft builders around World War I, and then vastly expanded in the mobilization for World War II; and
WHEREAS, By the 1980s, about 40 percent of the United States aerospace business resided in southern California; and
WHEREAS, California’s success in aerospace research, development, and production is not only envied by other states, but highly coveted; and
WHEREAS, To help the industry attract and retain the talent it needs to propel it forward, California should continue to invest in the aerospace industry; and
WHEREAS, Employing a highly skilled and specialized workforce of more than half a million people in commercial, military, and civil capacities, the aerospace industry’s statewide economic impact in 2012 exceeded $100 billion, with average annual aerospace industry wages among the nation’s highest; and
WHEREAS, California’s aerospace companies in 2012 contributed $62 billion in tax revenues, equivalent to more than a third of the state budget; and
WHEREAS, The key driver for aerospace industry success in California is rooted in technological innovation and research; and
WHEREAS, Much of that cutting edge work has been and remains centered in southern California’s Antelope Valley, the “Aerospace Capital of the World;” and
WHEREAS, The Antelope Valley is home to: NASA’s Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center; the Air Force Test Center and Air Force Research Laboratory Rocket Lab at Edwards Air Force Base; the civilian Mojave Air & Space Port, home to Virgin Galactic, Scaled Composites; and BAE Systems; and Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, where Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman produce aircraft for both defense and civil applications; and
WHEREAS, The region already has the necessary framework and the key industry players in order to establish a successful institute; and
WHEREAS, Established in 2000, California institutes have been tremendous resources for research in various industries. They have successfully addressed critical issues facing the globe in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, economics, and medicine; and
WHEREAS, The enactment of a state aerospace tax credit in 2014 has positioned California to receive thousands of new jobs researching, designing, building, and testing the Long Range Strike Bomber following the awarding of the contract by the United States Air Force in 2015; and
WHEREAS, California would maximize its opportunity to locate these jobs in state and benefit from public-private partnerships stemming from a California Institute for Aerospace, much like Stanford University was able to transform Silicon Valley in the 1970s; and
WHEREAS, The model provided by the Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences, a joint research venture of the United States Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles, is an example of the type of partnership the California Institute for Aerospace could form and expand; and
WHEREAS, The institute will champion aerospace research and development of aircraft vehicles, space travel, rocket propulsion, and overall national defense; and
WHEREAS, The institute will capture the best and brightest graduate engineering students as America’s next generation of aerospace research and development; and
WHEREAS, The institute will strengthen California’s position as a global leader in the aerospace industry; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature declares its support for the creation of a California Institute for Aerospace in southern California’s Antelope Valley; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.