During the 2018 General Assembly session, State Senator John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) introduced legislation implementing a recommendation from the VASEM led Aerospace Study. Senator Cosgrove served on the Aerospace Study committee as a member of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

The summary of the legislation reads:

“Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority; Managing Director of Aerospace and Aviation. Requires the Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority to employ, or appoint an existing employee as, a Managing Director of Aerospace and Aviation, who shall encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the aerospace and aviation industries in the Commonwealth.”

Aerospace in Virginia: An Opportunity for Economic Growth included the recommendation: “Virginia must create a senior, high-level aerospace economic development position with direct access to the governor and the authority to negotiate¬†with aerospace companies considering investing in Virginia.”

You can view the legislation here. 

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Andrew Densmore is the Executive Director of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

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