President’s Commitment to Education the Right Step for Our Nation Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s State of the Union Address January 27, 2011
Arlington, Va. – President Obama’s commitment to innovation and education is important for our nation at a time when we’re facing enormous economic challenges. Our industry understands more than most that “this is our generation’s Sputnik moment” and is committed to contributing to the solution. Already, our members invest nearly $160 million annually to help build critical science, technology, engineering and math skills in our youth.
With 624,000 aerospace employees across the country, we manufacture the high-tech products that our industry has been renowned for since the first flight of the Wright brothers on the sandy dunes of Kitty Hawk. We’re looking forward to working with the administration and continuing to be the industry of innovation and excitement that is the backbone of our country’s competitiveness.
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