Media Advisory: Partners to sign compact to help grow W.Va. Aerospace Industry

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) along with officials from Marshall University, Yeager Airport and the West Virginia Department of Commerce will sign an Aerospace Partnership Compact to drive educational and economic advances in West Virginia on Friday at 11 a.m.

WHAT: West Virginia Department of Education to sign compact with partners to advance aerospace industry

WHEN: August 9, 2019, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Capital Jet Center, Yeager Airport, 300 Eagle Mountain Road, Charleston, West Virginia, 25311

CONTACT: Kristin Anderson, West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, (304) 558-2699 or [email protected] 

DETAILS: Members of the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) along with officials from Marshall University, Yeager Airport and the West Virginia Department of Commerce will sign an Aerospace Partnership Compact to drive educational and economic advances in West Virginia. The compact emphasizes West Virginia’s commitment to growing a world-class aerospace labor force and creating opportunities for career technical education (CTE) students to gain the skills and expertise needed to work in the thriving industry. The compact also supports Marshall University’s planned fall 2021 launch of an aviation school at the airport.

The aerospace industry currently employs approximately 4,000 people at 22 companies in West Virginia, accounts for $1.325 billion in economic output and contributes $486 million to the state’s gross domestic product. The pact recognizes the impact of this industry and the sustained joint effort to its expansion in the state.

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